City Sidewalks: Novelette - eBook
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Vendor: White Rose Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Christmas Holiday Extravaganza
Successful marketing director and single mother Christina King knows how to put out fires. But when a critical deadline collides with her rambunctious twins' Christmas break, Christina calls 911. Little does she know things are about to get even hotter. With Christmas just around the corner, former firefighter Rudy Gallagher considers his temporary position as lifestyle manager a steppingstone toward entrepreneurship. He doesn't count on his new client being a woman who once ditched him, leaving him with unanswered questions. He needs the job. Can he keep it "strictly business"? Christina guards her heart and tries to avoid explanations, but when she encounters a ghost of Christmas past at a homeless shelter, secrets begin to unfold. As their worldviews clash, Rudy is hot under the collar, and Christina struggles to embrace the true meaning of Christmas.
Julia Toto is an educator, author and ghostwriter whose work has appeared in print and on the web. She enjoys researching family history, renovating old houses, and volunteering in her community. Julia and her husband live in a stone cottage in the Ozark foothills where she writes stories of hope, inspiration, and second chances. City Sidewalks is a PBG contemporary holiday romance, and Wait for Morning is a PBG Easter Lilies love story. Visit Julia at www.juliamtoto.com or follow her on facebook.com/juliamtoto?ref=hl
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Vince Mooney Real Estate SchooTulsa, OklahomaAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Julia TotoÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬ÅCity SidewalksÃ¢â¬Â is a Five Star Joy!November 19, 2013Vince Mooney Real Estate SchooTulsa, OklahomaAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Supernovella lights up the Christmas Skies with the Advent of a New Star in the Romance Filament!
If "City Sidewalks" were a Hallmark Christmas Movie the audience would stand at the end with tears of joy in their eyes and the true Christmas spirit in their hearts!
To be sure viewers would be shedding bittersweet tears of joy. That's because the Ã¢â¬Ëhappily ever after' in "City Sidewalks", is purchased at the price of the ultimate sadness. Such is life. Such is joy. Such is love.
In "City Sidewalks" the author spins a web of ever expanding complexity. The story keeps growing. What seems 'to be' becomes something much more complex. This ninety-seven page story has twenty-seven chapters! It's not just a novella_it's a genuine supernovella. I've never seen more story, packed with more emotion and written with such verisimilitude, that was told in less than three hundred pages. If I seem a little excited about this book it's because I am working on a nonfiction book about the novella format and "City Sidewalks" has caused me to expand my book's scope. I believe "City Sidewalks" takes the novella format to its limits.
"City Sidewalks" reminds me of "The Great Gatsby" and "The Old Man and the Sea". I wonder if the author will ever top this singular short format work.
"City Sidewalks" just breathes reality. The city is real. It's Tulsa. I've lived here in Tulsa for over thirty years. The city and its sidewalks are used well in this story. The beliefs and attitudes of the characters are as familiar as old friends. The highly emotional inspirational sequences in the book seem to explode from the characters when they can no longer keep the past repressed. The reader gets to experience cathartic moments in which a character's life is being changed forever. These are genuine inspirational experiences that I found highly moving.
The Christmas spirit and what it means in the lives of the characters is faced head on. Readers may see themselves. The "Scrooge" awakening is revived in "City Sidewalks" for a new generation and time.
I particularly loved the truthfulness of the narrative. All motivation was well established. There are multi motivational factors involved in driving the characters actions. The 'black moment' does not result from just one event but is the logical consequence of many events. The action builds relentlessly to where the outcomes seem inevitable. And while I give the author 5-stars for taking the novella to the limits of excellence, I want to award myself 5-stars as a reader. I saw and validated one of the major conflicts in the story.
One of the conflicts in "City Sidewalks" involves a soup kitchen downtown and a real estate deal. Now as a broker in Tulsa for over thirty years, I said to myself, "I know how I would resolve this problem". I've worked with downtown commercial brokers over the years. And yes, my solution is the one in the book. It is the solution that would most likely really happen in Tulsa. The whole story is like that. Everything is as it should be.
What's the story about? It's about love, second chances, forgiveness, the true spirit of Christmas, the importance of giving and opening one's heart to the needs of others. It's about redemption. It's about setting values that leave time to smell the roses and be a good parent. The emotional joy and sadness are the result of events - events that are so well motivated that they just had to happen as they did. Reading "City Sidewalks" is a Christmas pleasure not to be missed.
"City Sidewalks" is a Christmas experience you may well want to enjoy again and again.
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