Waaban: Dawn Kitty by Carolyn McBride

Waaban: Dawn Kitty by Carolyn McBride
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (28 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

When April came out to her parents over a decade ago, her news was not met with support and love. She lost her home, family and everything familiar. She’s come a long way. She has a hot new girlfriend, a new career and life is going pretty well.

So why is she hearing voices that speak to her from the past, and in Ojibway? Why has she been chosen to care for an orphaned kitten, and how can it possibly all be related?

The past can’t be outrun forever. Eventually everyone has to face it.

Lani and April have wonderful chemistry. They are a very loving couple, and the best scenes in this short story show how they express their feelings for one another during their ordinary routines. What I liked most about their relationship is how understanding they are of one other’s points of view. Their sensitivity to one another’s needs made it a joy to read their tale.

It would have been helpful if a conflict that is brought up early on in the plot had been given more time to be resolved. A disproportionate amount of time was spent in setting it up. A piece this length has a limited amount of space with which to work, so the conflict didn’t have as much time to seek a resolution in the last few scenes as I would have liked to see.

With that being said, the ending was very satisfactory. There were times when I wondered how the author was planning to tie together certain plot points, but she stayed true to her character’s personalities and backstories to the very end. While I don’t know if Ms. McBride is planning on writing a sequel to Lani and April’s adventures, there is ample room to revisit them if the author chooses to do so. This reader would be interested in seeing what happens to these characters next.

Waaban: Dawn Kitty is a short, sweet story that I’d recommend to anyone in need of a pick-me-up. It definitely wasn’t possible for me to read this tale without walking away with a smile on my face!


  1. I read a story like that recently, sometimes it’s good to have a pick-me-up book 😉

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