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Short Story Collection Review    


Summer in Mossy Creek
by Deborah Smith et al
Belle Books, 2003
Soft cover, $14.95 (317 pages)
ISBN: 0-9673035-4-0

In the third offering from the Mossy Creek Storytelling Club, the glimpses into the lives of the residents of Mossy Creek are full of emotion with heart-pulling scenes.  The town is growing as new characters join the vicinity, and old friends returns with new adventures.

In "Amos and Dog" (by Debra Dixon), Chief of Police Amos Royden finds himself with a stray dog and watching a most likely abused boy named Clay Atwood. Unable to find someone to take the stray in, Amos has the dog going everywhere with him.  It makes him aware how lonely he is.  One night Clay's neighbor in the trailer park calls the Chief to say the father is abusing the young boy.  Amos rescues the boy and finds a foster home for him.  The dog makes it clear that the boy needs him now, so Amos leaves the dog with Clay.

"Mamie and Grace" (by Sandra Chastain) is about a love/hate relationship between two neighbors.  Actually, they are rivals much of their lives.  It started with Mamie picking some of Grace's blackberries without asking first.  But it was the pecan tree on Mamie's property that really put the two at war.  Grace claimed the nuts that fell on her side.  A bolt of lightening ended the feud.  Grace hobbled over to Mamie's house to check on her, since the bolt that hit the tree ran into her house.  They were found having coffee and pecan pie.

"Therese and the Stroud Women" (by Kim Brock) is a tale about family and those relatives that are tacky, loud and downright mean.  For Therese, it's her mother's family -- the Strouds. While her older sister is getting above her raising, Therese is finding her own power within her legacy.

The thirteen stories of Summer in Mossy Creek are a lucky find for readers and perfect for a lazy afternoon on the porch.

Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews

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