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Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite
Kathy's almost out of time. She's dying of a terminal brain tumor, and a strange visitor comes to her in the night to give her instructions on the next steps in her ending life. The problem is that she isn't sure whether it's a dream or reality. She fears telling her husband, Jim, or her doctor because they will pass it off as a side effect of her pain medication like they explain everything. So Kathy does what she knows to do: she faces it head-on one snowy afternoon while Jim gets stuck in a storm running errands. Sure enough, the strange visitor returns, just to reveal that time is up and she needs to unwrap her husband's final gift to her so she can leave this life, and leave her husband in peace. Snowdrifts, by K.P. Ambroziak, is a wonderful short story that addresses issues of life, death, and reality in an amazing way and surprisingly in a short word count.
I thoroughly enjoyed Snowdrifts and found myself drawn into this tale. As a writer, I found the stranger visiting her to be a compelling character that linked her life to her looming death. He bridged the gap in a strange yet appropriate way. It was intriguing and thought-provoking and added to the visions and delusions that were truly the side effects of her medication. Her internal struggle takes physical form as she battles with this character to decide if there is more fight left in her or not. Better yet, Jim is not a clear character himself with his aims for life after she's gone. K.P. Ambroziak has written a wonderful, thrilling story that can be enjoyed in a single sitting but will stay with you far beyond the final word.