Summary from Astraea Press:
Caylie Abrahms bad day gets worse when the teen brother she’s responsible for proudly hands her a gift. Just wanting to show how much he appreciates all his sister does for him, Kyle steals what he believes is an ornate glass vase. The gift is anything but however, and now Caylie has to find the owner of an urn. Worst yet, she has to explain her dear brother stole someones loved one.
Against all odds she learns the urn belongs to Rick Marshall, her best friend from college, the man she’d poured her heart out to and been rejected by. She never thought she’d see him again, let alone have to hand him back his father in glass. Will her resolve remain strong in his presence, or will she suffer another broken heart?
This story starts off in such a cute and realistic way. Caylie is trying very hard to raise her teenage brother after her parents died in a car accident. She is obviously doing the best that she can and it is funny to watch some of Kyle’s antics. He seems like he wants to be a good kid but he keeps hanging out with people that are not good for him and his future. Caylie can not control him though and so she is shocked when she learns that Kyle stole something, something that just happens to belong to a man she knows.
I greatly enjoyed Caylie and Kyle and their bond, you can tell in a small space of time that they do love each other even if they do not know exactly how to live with what is going on in their life. It was great to feel connected to both of them in just a few pages. Then of course to add to two great characters, I found another character to really enjoy, Rick! He was a good character although I really wish that I got to see more of him, I would have really liked to learn more about him in this short story.
Overall, even though I’m not really a huge fan of short stories, this one was good and worth the time to read. The characters were great and I did like the romance that was happening between Caylie and Rick. The only thing that I didn’t like was that the story ended so quickly. I would have loved if this short story was a full novel or even if it was a 100 page novel versus the 50ish pages that it was. I would have liked a little more connection between Caylie and Rick, a little more dating and romance before the story ended. Since this was a nice quick short story it gets 4 hearts from me. Now I have to look into more stories by Lee.