***Cue the confetti and drumroll*** Today’s post is all about Faith Potts’ new release, Window Fellow, and I don’t think I have EVER been nearly this excited about the release of a short story before! This story and this author are just outstanding. You really don’t want to miss this one.
About the Book
Title: Window Fellow Author: Faith Potts Genre: Contemporary Short Story Synopsis: Annalyse never expected to make a friend through a window, but her talks with the guy who lives next to the bus stop have become a favorite part of her day. But when a sudden schedule change reveals a secret he hadn't meant to share, is there anything she can do to make things right? Or is their window friendship broken beyond repair? My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Other Featured Books by Faith Potts: Behold (⭐⭐⭐⭐), Dandelion Dust (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) Link to Purchase: Amazon
Window Fellow is the closest I have read to light-hearted short story perfection.
The story opens with a description of part of Annalyse’s morning routine. From some authors, this could prove to be unnecessary drudgery. Fortunately, just the opposite is the case here: we learn enough information about Annalyse in a very short amount of time that I am instantly invested in her life. This could have something to do with the fact that I relate very personally to the amount of coffee she makes in a single morning, but whatever the reason, I immediately felt like I knew enough about Annalyse to be invested in her story. There was no need for an extended period of getting to know her; we quickly learn everything we need to know up front.
The story that follows is absolutely everything that I want in a short story. It’s constantly moving forward, but it doesn’t feel rushed. The atmosphere is well developed. The characters are likeable. It’s essentially an emotional pick-me-up. The friendship is so sweet. I really can’t say more without giving away the whole story, as short as it is. I read it in less than half an hour, which is another bonus. When something is labeled as a short story, I want to be able to read it on my lunch break, or at least over no more than two lunch breaks. Anything that takes longer than that is a novella, in my mind.
The length, the characters, the setting/atmosphere, the theme of friendship…every aspect of Window Fellow is beautifully done. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I’m giving it five bright, shining stars.
About the Author
Saved by God's grace, Faith Potts is a teenage writer and homeschool graduate, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the North Carolina mountains. When she’s not weaving stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading stacks of books, or studying American Sign Language, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and—of course—blowing dandelions. You can find Faith on her blog, Stories by Firefly, and Goodreads. Window Fellow is available on Amazon here, as are her other published works.
In case you couldn’t tell, I truly loved this story. Short stories usually aren’t my favorite thing, except for Christmas-themed ones. Maybe it’s because this story conjures up some of those same cozy feelings that I enjoyed it so much. Regardless, I hope you will check it out for yourself!
Happy Release Day, Window Fellow!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Readers.
Until the next chapter,