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Short story review: Love, Accidentally

January 5, 2012

Veterinarian Ilsa Brown hears a woman screaming and notices a man sitting on the curb, holding a small dog in his arms.  It seems the screaming woman ran over one of the dog’s legs, but she’s more concerned with herself and leaves.  Ilsa goes over to see if she can help the dog and feels something almost immediately when she meets Grif, the man who’s fostering it.

Ilsa and Grif start dating and things are great between them.  When Ilsa goes with Grif to meet his parents she discovers something that makes her wonder if he’s really committed to their relationship.

“Love, Accidentally” is a sweet short story by Sarah Pekkanen, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Sure, it’s somewhat predictable, but Pekkanen writes with such heart and emotion, that it didn’t really matter.  I felt everything Ilsa was feeling and enjoyed the time spent reading about her.  I thought the characters were well developed considering it was a short story, and the plot never felt clichéd to me.  The story’s only around forty pages, so it can easily be read in an hour.  I found it to be full of hope and love and thought it was the perfect read for Christmas day.

I’m hoping the publication of Pekkanen’s second short story means we’ll see a collection from her in the future.  “Love Accidentally” is available for most eReaders for 99¢ and the version I have contained a sample of one of Pekkanen’s books – The Opposite of Me.

Review copy provided by the author.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
17 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2012 6:57 am

    Thanks for sharing…

  2. January 5, 2012 9:33 am

    I’ve noticed a lot of short stories being sold individually lately by authors whom I’ve only known as novelists. I haven’t read any of Pekkanen’s books before but would really like to. This short story sounds good too.

  3. January 5, 2012 9:44 am

    Sometimes predictable is okay. Sounds like I need to give this author a try!

  4. January 5, 2012 10:05 am

    Good deal! I’ve never read any of her stuff, but I’m always up for a good short story.

  5. Catherine permalink
    January 5, 2012 10:11 am

    This is one of my favourite authors!!!! And she is so nice to her fans too!

  6. January 5, 2012 10:56 am

    I STILL have not read anything by Pekkanen, and need to remedy this soon! It sounds like this was a wonderful little story, and perhaps it would be the right choice for me as a reader to dip my toe into Pekkanen’s writing. Very nice short story review today!

  7. January 5, 2012 11:11 am

    I’m not familiar with the author, sounds like a good short story.

  8. January 5, 2012 11:31 am

    Sometimes I really appreciate predicable and a nice short story is always good to start the year. I think I’ll go looking for this one.

  9. January 5, 2012 12:29 pm

    Oh a short story? Hm, that could be a good place for me to start

  10. January 5, 2012 12:38 pm

    Well, one of my official 2012 goals is to read Pekkanen. In fact, because of the TBR Dare, I bought her books on Kindle on 12/31! I saw these short stories but didn’t buy them. Dang it!

  11. January 5, 2012 4:15 pm

    This sounds cute! It’s been quite awhile since I read any short stories. I hope her books get published as a collection, as I don’t have/want an ereader.

  12. January 5, 2012 4:40 pm

    Ooops! I forgot about this one! Need to remedy that fast.

  13. January 5, 2012 8:12 pm

    I always hear nice things about this author. I’m planning on trying one of her novels this year.

  14. January 5, 2012 8:31 pm

    Sounds cute! i like the idea of selling stories individually. It whets your appetite for more!

  15. January 5, 2012 10:49 pm

    I haven’t read short stories for a long time but it seems like so many authors are trying the format now. Maybe this is the length of story I have time to read these days 🙂

  16. January 6, 2012 10:28 am

    This sounds sweet. I don’t always mind predictable. It sure has a beautiful cover.

  17. January 8, 2012 10:12 am

    I have heard a lot of good things about Sarah Pekkanen’s writing, but I don’t think I’ve had the chance to read anything of hers. This might be a great place for me to start since I’m trying to make it a point this year to read more short stories. Plus, this one sounds so sweet.

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