The Obituary Rule by Sandra Murphy


The Obituary Rule by Sandra Murphy
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (5 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

An older woman is not limited to church, the grocery or Senior Center if she wants to meet a man, she can also invoke The Obituary Rule. The Rule states that following the publication of an obituary, there is a mandatory thirty-day waiting period before she can approach the widower in question. Be warned! Competition is strong and there are always claim jumpers who make first contact days early. Common opening salvos include (but are not limited to) offers of coffee, a home-cooked meal or a sympathetic ear.

What’s a woman to do when she inadvertently jumps the gun and calls too soon? How do you fight memories on one hand and the onslaught of eager single women on the other?

Sometimes really short shorts, work, sometimes they don’t, but Ms. Murphy got it just right in this very quick read.

It’s told mostly in conversation between the two main characters and a little says it all. Sometimes, it’s hard to form an attachment in a short read too, but I felt like I knew both of these ladies, their backgrounds and what they hoped for in the future.

The Obituary Rule is a short cute, story that has a nice ending and is just perfect when you haven’t got lots of time but need a quality reading fix.

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