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Review: The Widow Smalls and Other Stories by Jamie Lisa Forbes

Today I welcome Virtual Book Tours back to The Book Binder’s Daughter with a collection of short stories.

My Review:
23184904The theme of this collection is life on a ranch in the mid twentieth century.  I found all of the stories in the collection interesting and I will highlight three of my favorites.

In “Ramona Dietz,” Roy is in need of a new ranch hand and a cook, so his father hires an older man named Cal Dietz and his much younger wife Ramona.  Roy does not like the way Cal Dietz speaks to his wife and when Ramona starts having “accidents” and getting hurt, he suspects that Cal is abusing his wife.

Roy mentions the situation to his father, his wife and even his in-laws, but no one around him sees concerned or wants to get involved in other people’s private affairs.  The descriptions of life on the farm, the harsh winter, and the Dietz’s problems were vivid and engaging which is not an easy task to accomplish with short stories.

“His Mild Yoke” describes the ephemeral nature of life on a ranch through the eyes of a little girl.  Her life seems happy as she lives with her mom and dad on the farm.  But things never seem to last when the family pet, her pony and even the nice ranch hands disappear from her life.

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Filed under Historical Fiction, Novella, Short Stories