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Reviewed by Rebecca S Winner for Readers' Favorite
Tales From My Back Porch by Darrell Case is an anthology of ten Christian short stories. Best Day is a touching story about a young couple on their honeymoon. Skinny Dipping is a humorous story about the friendship between two boys. Reverend Dillard's Dilemma is about the discouragement of the pastor. Lucille's Library is about thinking outside the box to save a library that is about to close. A Dog for Sidney is about companionship. Mission Bored is about forgiveness. Crip is about a drastic intervention by God in the life of an arrogant, conceited young track star. Millie's Promise is about keeping promises and being rewarded for honesty. The Road to Nowhere is about the lawman who rescues the townspeople from a flim-flam man. Earl is about friendships.
I loved the relationships between people in Tales From My Back Porch by Darrell Case. I thoroughly enjoyed the humorous story Skinny Dipping, where the relationship between the boys is instrumental in changing one boy's life. Plus, the community benefits from this friendship for decades to come. I was touched by the story Earl, in which the relationships are between Earl and his elderly neighbor. When the neighbor dies, the relationship is between Earl and the great-nephew of the neighbor, whose family comes to live in the house next door. I appreciated A Dog For Sidney in which the relationships are between the widower and his dog, the widower and a young girl whose mother is about to die, and the girl and the pup that the widower buys to help with her grief.
I found the characters overall to be likable. With the multiple themes of friendship, companionship, forgiveness, keeping promises and being rewarded for honesty, this book of short stories would be enjoyed by many people, not just Christians. I would be glad to read more books by this author.