The Post-it Note Affair

The Post-it Note Affair

A Romance Novelette of Love Lost and Found

Romance - Contemporary
47 Pages
Reviewed on 02/04/2016
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Author Biography

If you love where storytellers Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allan Poe, Roald Dahl, O. Henry, and Ray Bradbury take you, then you have a new name to learn and love...

Professionally, Justine Avery first traversed the murky corporate world of writing and designing technical documents to navigate through writing countless travel stories, reviews, personal essays, and articles. She is now the multi-award-winning author of numerous short stories and novelette-length works.

Personally, she has been writing since first falling in love with reading and words themselves, always viewing everything happening around her--and in her imagination--in the form of images translated into poignant phrases and intriguing sentences. She has written under many different names in many different genres, and is finally coming "home" to write, as herself, the stories that transcend genre.

Avery has lived countless stories, takes note of the infinitely more all around, and loves and appreciates every kind. As an avid reader of all genres, both fiction and non, she knows we, as readers, may have preferences, but we're all--just as naturally--fans of every genre... when we find the stories with real intrigue that have no bounds, that have universal appeal. Those are the stories she prefers to find... and write.

"Story's in everything we say and do. Story's what drives us, scares us, changes us. We live stories, imagine them, fear some of them. They're who we are. I'm a story reader, writer, and seer. I find everything about life and in this big, wide world (and beyond) utterly fascinating. Stories should be the same. I hope you enjoy the hell out of mine."

Justine Avery loves to connect with fellow readers and writers, explorers and imaginers. You can find her at, on @Justine_Avery... and between the lines of that new book you've been reading.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Brit Rossie for Readers' Favorite

In the short story The Post-It Note Affair: A Romance Novelette of Love Lost and Found by Justine Avery, we find our heroine, Emily, discontented and in a passionless marriage. But that all changes while she is at work one day. At the office she discovers someone - an admirer - has placed a post-it note message in her purse. There’s a handsome, new guy in the office. In spite of guilt and in spite of her being upfront about her marital status, the notes continue. Is the office romance the spark she needs in her passionless love life? Her husband is sure and steady, but what our heroine wants is a little spice in her life. Should she take the opportunity and allow the post-it note admirer to pursue her?

This was a really sweet short story. A lot of punch behind a powerful moral in such a short number of pages. Now that’s really good writing. To be able to draw in the reader and make them root for or stress about a character's decisions in such a short space is a positive reflection on an author's skill. The story itself is a good reminder not to take for granted the opportunities that present themselves nor the people in front of us. I had my suspicions about the admirer, but loved how Avery left the admirer so artfully ambiguous, allowing for the story to potentially take multiple directions right up until the end. I know which outcome I was rooting for and my wish came true.

R Gibbs

Loved the story, it was very quirky. Enjoyable short story I can reccomend!

B.D. Smith

Held my attention, didn't expect the ending.

Loretta M. Siani

“What exactly is love?” The Post It Note Affair is a tail that answers this question with a tantalizingly human story. You’ll recognize all the clumsy, embarrassing things we think, say and do and then desperately try to cover up lest we show the soft side of our belly while in pursuit of love. You’ll also recognize the anger that spews forth from us to defend our little imaginary corner of it. And the heartache when we discover that love was something we thought we lacked and desperately wanted but it was already ours all along. We just didn’t know it. Justine Avery has done it again. Five stars for this one.

The Wishing Shelf Indepen

A sweetly-written page-turner. A FINALIST and highly recommended.

female reader, aged 45

A very sweet story wrapped in a fabulous cover. I like Emily very much; she was fun to follow on her romance adventure. Actually, this story could easy be developed into a full length novel. I loved the idea of a post-it note romance.

judges panel, The Wishing

Well written with a surprisingly well developed female lead. I would happily read another of this author’s short books. The perfect beach read.

male reader, aged 44

Cute, sort of fun, very light. It’s romance so it needs to be. Actually, this writer is pretty talented.