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Book review – for readers and writers – no.128: Morgen Bailey reviews Flights of Nancy by Jennifer Gilby Roberts

Today’s book review of a single (5,000-word) short story is brought to you by yours truly, Morgen Bailey. If you’d like your book reviewed or to send me a book review of another author’s book, see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog.

Being a writer and editor, I read and review books with both hats. If you’re a writer reading this review and found it useful, do let me know.

Flights of Nancy by Jennifer Gilby Roberts

Flights of NancySynopsis: What if you knew exactly when Mr. Right was going to show up? Nancy does. And, after years of waiting (im)patiently, the great day has finally arrived. And so has he. He’s not exactly what she was expecting …

This 5,000-word short story is available via and

Review (via my Kindle’s text-to-speech function)

Just for a change, I’ve picked a short story and from the off, the tone is nicely chatty. Nancy is in a predicament that many could relate to, and I enjoyed the interaction between the two main characters. Although Nancy’s name is in the title, it is also mentioned fairly early on, which is good because the story is told in first person point of view so it is often difficult to get in the main character’s name.

Despite David supposedly being the man of her dreams, Nancy is understandably very wary, at times a little over fussy and analytical, but it was an interesting process her getting to know somebody she is apparently destined to be with and the antics they get up to.

When the ending was revealed, I went back to the beginning day in the cafe thinking I may have missed something but I didn’t. If there is going to be a twist at the end, there should be a clue at the beginning. Also when the reveal about David happened, I had no sense of why they wouldn’t get together for that reason. Again there should be one or two clues.

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Posted by on September 3, 2015 in critique, ebooks, review, short stories, tips, writing


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