Secrets, Fact or Fiction
Edited by Diane J. Newton
Here's the Secret: Short Stories Can Entertain
Just as Novels Do!
There is nothing like a collection of stories for reading before a fire. They're entertaining.
You can pick and choose according to your mood, and it's easy to put the book down when your
bedtime hour comes 'round.
In the case of Secrets: Fact or Fiction, you can also pick a genre. It includes
everything from historical fiction set in Elizabethan England (my favorite period) by C. W.
Gortner (beautifully researched, by the way) to a domestic mystery by Larry Pontius. There
is a romance and some near-romances, and some stories that defy classification. All are
novelesque in that they are long enough to capture readers' interest and keep them riveted.
They're also long enough to allow for grounding, characterization-all the good stuff that
novel readers love.
So, for readers who are busy, who like the idea of pick-me-up reading but hate to give up
novels, this may be a perfect transition.
NOTE: Reviewer Carolyn
Howard-Johnson is the award-winning author of This is the Place, Harkening: A
Collection of Stories Remembered and The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your
Publisher Won't, the winner of USA Book News' Best Professional Book of the Year.