Written in Stone by David Connor

Written in Stone by David Connor
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (79 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

After the end of a bad relationship and the death of his dog, Geoffrey is left with a choice: live the rest of his life alone or start over. But starting over is easier said than done, and alone in the woods one night Geoffrey writes those very words on a rock.

To his surprise, when he returns later he discovers someone has replied. The lengthy written conversation that ensues over days leaves Geoffrey less lonely, and also quite hopeful and intrigued about the future and the identity of his mysterious new friend.

Sometimes life is full of setbacks. How many times would you be willing to pick yourself up and try again?

Geoffrey was such a likeable guy. His personality was so well rounded that I felt like I was talking to an old friend when I read his tale. He had his own fair share of flaws. Interestingly enough, they actually made me like Geoffrey even more than I originally did because of how human they made him feel. I wanted nothing more than for this character to find a way out of his loneliness and pain due to how deeply I connected with him on an emotional level.

The only thing I found a little confusing about this book was how many characters it had. Sometimes I mixed the secondary ones up because there were several of them and the narrator only occasionally remained me how everyone knew each other. It would have been helpful to either have fewer characters to remember or to know more about them. This is a minor criticism, but it’s still something that I found distracting at times.

I really liked seeing how the relationship between the two main characters developed. It moved just as slowly and cautiously as I’d expect from people who have had so many difficult experiences. The fact that the main characters were so hesitant about maybe falling in love again only made me root for them even more.

Written in Stone was one of the most romantic stories I’ve read in a long time. Give it a try if you’re in the mood for something satisfying.

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