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Love Under the Harvest Moon by Nemma Wollenfang
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Oct 31, 2016

really liked it

Amidst Strawberry Fields
I enjoyed this YA story. At first, I was thrown off because there was talk of a farm but the first sentence has a Ferrari pulling up to the school parking lot. What?
Eventually, I settled into the rhythm of the story. Beth was more mature than your average teenager. Maybe because of all the responsibilities she had at the farm.
This is a story about race relations, prejudice and even racial profiling. Not that any of those terms were used. But the gypsies aren’t welcome at the school and before long, it’s obvious the police want to blame them for any crime that happens around town.
Some things about Beth remained vague (like where was her father?) and the details of the harvest ceremony were released grudgingly.
A solid start for the anthology.
Four out of five stars.
Autumn Leaves
This story ended up being the best in the bunch. Hodden's prose is poetic. His characters solid. And the one-day time frame of the story kept the pace ratcheted up so I had to keep turning pages.
It took me a few pages to orient myself to a romance narrated in first person by a man. And I thought it was going to be another “I walked in on my girlfriend with another guy” story. But Hodden threw a curve ball (or three) in the middle of this over-used (in my opinion) trope.
I don’t want to give anything away because this is a story best experienced firsthand.
Five out of five stars
Moon Dance
This story was written in present tense which is tedious for me to read, but I don’t think that’s why I didn’t connect with it.
The shero, Anna, was a single mom with plenty of problems. She was relatable and likable. The writing wasn’t terrible.
But a romance never unfolded. We went from a guy telling her to loosen up to her holding hands with him at the harvest festival. No idea how they got from one point to the next. Most of the story is about Anna’s other problems and the guy makes brief appearances. You know he’s going to be the love interest because there’s no one else.
But how? The story has too many holes.
Three out of five stars
A Harvest Homecoming
Tanya is home again after an ugly divorce. She’s marking time until she can find another job as a reporter. And, of course, since anyone can be a teacher (in Texas, I guess), she takes a job teaching freshman English.
You all know I’m a substitute teacher with a background working in education for a decade, so this attitude rubbed me all kinds of wrong. But I kept reading.
Tanya runs into a guy she used to know, who once crushed on her, and he ends up being totally hot nowadays. It unfolded predictably from there.
At least the plot made sense and the story was complete. And the dig at teaching (unintentional or not) was redeemed by the end of the story.
Four out of five stars
Opposite Directions
Another girl comes home from the big city and takes a teaching job story. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if it wasn’t back-to-back with the other one.
Vanessa runs into her old flame, who broke up with her after cheating on her. See what I mean about the cheating boyfriend or girlfriend being an over-used trope?
Rather than taking the time to develop conflict and flesh out a longer story, Davon takes our couple out on a date and has them resolve everything over one meal. I believe in the restorative power of Italian food as much as the next person, but I couldn’t get on board with such an easy resolution of big issues.
I also didn’t connect with these characters as well as I had with those from the other stories.
Three out of five stars
All in all, this was a pleasant book to cuddle up with on a rainy day. Each story is the perfect length for a lunch-hour dive into fiction-land.
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October 28, 2016 – Started Reading
October 28, 2016 – Shelved
October 30, 2016 –
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October 31, 2016 – Finished Reading

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