Melanie to the Rescue

and Other Unlikely Tales

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
121 Pages
Reviewed on 10/05/2018
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Author Biography

Carol Stover grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. She launched her marketing career in Boston, Massachusetts, where she held executive marketing positions. In 1998, she ventured into writing, authoring three nonfiction books and over 100 magazine articles in national publications. Turning to fiction in 2004, Ms. Stover’s first novel, Current River Redemption won an IPPY Award for Regional Southern Fiction. Her second novel, Surviving 26th Street received a first-place award for literary fiction from Reader Views and the Beverly Hills Book Awards first place award for literary fiction. Kenmore Square. Ms. Stover’s third novel, received a five-star review from Reader’s Favorite (readersfavorite.com) and was a finalist to receive the Murder & Mayhem book award from Chanticleer Book Review, International. Her collection of fifteen short stories, Melanie to the Rescue and Other Unlikely Tales was published in October, 2018
Ms. Stover’s memberships have included the Off-Campus Writers’ Workshop (OCCW) in Winnetka, IL and Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC). Ms. Stover now resides in Sandwich, MA and Fort Myers, FL with her husband Frank.


    Book Review

Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite

Discover a wide cast of characters with unique voices in the fascinating short story collection, Melanie To The Rescue (and Other Unlikely Tales) by Carol June Stover. When best-selling authoress Lorraine realizes that her ever popular character lives a better life than she does, she decides that it is time to change things in the heartwarming story, Melanie To The Rescue. A young man must decide between pleasing others and taking a stand for himself in the realistic short story, The Godzilla Phone. A week before retirement, a successful surgeon experiences true euphoria in the engaging story, Retirement Bliss. A young writer struggles to find his voice in Mystery Master. When he faces tough times, he must choose between something he loves or his freedom. Will he continue writing? Or take on a "real job"?

Become lost in the stunning worlds of each character in this captivating short story collection, Melanie To The Rescue (and Other Unlikely Tales) by Carol June Stover. Experience the beauty and pain of human nature, while taking an intimate peek into the lives of fifteen people as they struggle to change, to stay the same, or simply to be noticed. I appreciated how the author used such a large cast of characters with different perspectives and voices. It shows the versatility of the writer, and keeps the stories from becoming too much the same. Each story is beautifully written and well executed. Each story is captivating, with characters that are relatable and fun. This book of short stories is bound to please the reader that enjoys variety.