The Post-it Note Affair

A Romance Novelette of Love Lost and Found

Romance - Contemporary
54 Pages
Reviewed on 02/03/2016
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Author Biography

Justine Avery is an award-winning author of stories large and small for all. Born in the American Midwest and raised all over the world, she is inherently an explorer, duly fascinated by everything around her and excitedly noting the stories that abound all around. As an avid reader of all genres, she weaves her own stories among them all. She has a predilection for writing speculative fiction and story twists and surprises she can’t even predict herself.

Avery has either lived in or explored all 50 states of the union, over 36 countries, and all but one continent; she lost count after moving 30-some times before the age of 20. She’s intentionally jumped out of airplanes and off the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, scuba dived unintentionally with sharks, designed websites, intranets, and technical manuals, bartered with indigenous Panamanians, welded automobile frames, observed at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noba, Japan, and masterminded prosperous internet businesses—to name a few adventures. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree that life has never required, and at age 28, she sold everything she owned and quit corporate life—and her final "job"—to freelance and travel the world as she always dreamed of. And she’s never looked back.

She currently lives near Los Angeles with her husband, British film director Devon Avery, and their three adopted children: Becks, Sam, and Lia. She writes from wherever her curiosity takes her.

    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.