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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Imagine a love so powerful it can stand the test of time across many centuries. How about a love that began in ancient Egypt between a prince and a slave girl. He is murdered and cursed, but the prince’s sarcophagus finds its way to a museum in the twenty-first century. Who is the only one that can break the curse and set the love story in motion again? A riveting tale? How about a mystery about a seemingly worthless painting that causes so much furor that one begins to suspect its true value? Or an omen that threatens a woman’s life? A bedtime story for every night of the week that will probably set your dreams astray as your mind unravels the complexities of life itself.
Erika M Szabo’s The Seven Cozy Shorts is a collection of seven bedtime stories for grownups. Romance, mystery, intrigue, and the totally weird and bizarre – just what adults need to wind down after a busy day. Each story, almost a novella in length, has a unique and intriguing plot that moves in multiple directions, holding the reader’s attention to the very end. The descriptive narrative is thorough and engaging, the dialogue well constructed and believable, and the characters are well developed. The author confronts all manner of human issues in her stories, from love, murder, family ties, a child given up for adoption and lost in the foster care system, forgiveness and so much more. Her stories span a wide range of genres, from historical romance and alternate histories to fantasy and the supernatural, to name but a few. With each genre, the author excels with the gift of creating a compelling story that will enrapture the reader from beginning to end.