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2 Short Story Reviews: For My Good & Hartly Manor

A Literary Christmas: 2017 Reading Challenge //

I have TWO short stories I want to share with you today.

I hope you check them out --

First up is a brand new holiday release...
published just this week!

For My Good by Sarah Holman (5 star review)

For My Good
A Christmas Short Story

written by Sarah Holman

31 pages // published in 2017 // Christian YA fiction


It is Christmas time, but nothing is like it is supposed to be. Can a chance encounter help Janet to find joy and meaning despite her pain?

A short story of Christmas, finding hope, and faith.

My Review

5 Star Rating

Janet is a young woman, suffering in silent emotional pain – and it's the holiday season. She's striving to make ends meet by keeping up with her job at the mall – while feeling miserable inside from her parents' divorce and the distress of having the family and siblings all living separately now.

This Christmas takes a turn that Janet is blindsided by. It involves thieves, FBI agents (yep, the plot thickens and gets pretty intriguing!)... and a reminder that God is always on your side.

So the story deals with adult problems, but is packaged for anyone to enjoy. Teens and young adults would probably get the most out of it, but any age could.

It's truly a sweet story with touching moments in it. I would reeeeaaalllly love it if the author wrote a few more short stories that are very similar to this one. It's one of my favorite short ebooks. If you're familiar with Sarah Holman's “Kate” series, then you already know you'll definitely enjoy this short story too.

Available on Amazon in ebook format.

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And now for today's 2nd review...
published earlier this year...

Hartly Manor by Amanda Tero (5 star review)

Hartly Manor
A Children's Short Story

written by Amanda Tero

23 pages // published in 2017 // Christian children's fiction


There were six of them…

And these six children have an important lesson to learn when it comes to Mr. Hartly and his manor. Is he the scary man that Rees says he is? Or will the children discover something else as they get to know him?

My Review

5 Star Rating

A little winter story with a charming tale to tell. It really works well as an allegory of our faith in God. It would only take a few minutes to read aloud with your family, and it's perfect for a conversation-starter on finding Him and leading others to Him. I think young kids will be able to easily connect with the children in the story (they're such a cute bunch!).

Ages up to 10 would best enjoy it.

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  1. Mae Korman12/01/2017

    Some short stories may just be what I need to get me on track with something Christmas-themed. At least I know I'll be able to finish reading it. :O

  2. I love the cover of Hartly Manor! I like the idea of short stories for kids too!

  3. cute idea