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Friday, January 27, 2012

Sheep Review: The Neighborhood 1: Contingency Plan by Anita Ensal (AKA Gini Koch)

Word Count: 8590
Author: Anita Ensal
Musa Publishing

A desperate mother is offered an unusual opportunity by an even more unusual person -- but should she take the offer or go with her contingency plan?
Sharon’s running out of time and money. She’s got a plan for how to save herself and her two children after their deadbeat dad and the rest of their family have deserted them. But what will her contingency plan do to her soul and the souls of her children?
Mr. Mann carries burdens most couldn’t—the visible, odd arrangement of connected boxes on his back, and the hidden guilt for deeds done long, long ago. The end may be in sight, but not a happy one if Sharon chooses the wrong path.
Someone’s contingency plan will be put into effect, but whether it leads to a happily ever after or dark despair will require intricate maneuverings by the white witches of the Neighborhood. But even they can’t stop a good woman from going wrong.

Gini Koch wrote this hope-filled fairy tale under the pen name of Anita Ensal for Musa Publishing. I was thrilled to review it because the main character is named Sharon, after me. (Okay, that is a big fat lie, but I can pretend. It is a fairy tale after all ;) Did you ever wonder what happens to the villain after a fairy tale ends? This story explores that question, but I can’t tell you which fairy tale the author expands upon because that would be a spoiler.

Sharon (me! remember I can pretend because it is my review) has hit rock bottom and is about to make a decision that will ruin her life as well as the lives of her children. But Sharon meets an unusual man whose fate is connected to hers. She is shown a world of magic and possibilities as well as learning of her own hidden special ability. I love the touching way this story is told and how the author gets the readers invested in the characters in the brief time allotted in a short story.

While this is an original twist and a good story, I do feel that short stories should be in sold in collections rather than separately, but that is just my opinion. I hope there will be more stories in The Neighborhood.

you can buy a copy of Contigency Plan on Musa's Website
3.5 Sheep

SS (edited by BAK)
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  1. Replies
    1. :) it was a feel good kind of story. We need those every now and again.

  2. I just love that "Sharon" is the name of our main lady. Woot! Sounds like a VERY good read. Yet another hit from our gal pal Gini. Fun review.