Missed Chances: Short Love Stories with a Hint of What Might Have Been Edited by M.R. Nelson
Description: Classic love stories... with a twist. A collection of classic love stories featuring "the one that got away": lighthearted, with undertones of tragedy and a lingering comic finish. The flight includes Aunt Philippa and the Men by L.M. Montgomery, The Kiss by Kate Chopin, The Victory by Rabindranath Tagore, the Mystery of Wilhelm Rutter by Helen Hunt Jackson, and A Florentine Experiment by Constance Fenimore Woolson. (from Goodreads)
Genre: Short Story
Why I Picked This Book: I love short story collections and I liked the over all theme of this one so I couldn't resist it.
My Impression: Looking over this collection only 2 of the authors were familiar to me. I know that Montgomery's short stories are wonderful and I haven't read Chopin since "The Awakening" in college and I wanted to read more. The other three were new to me and short stories are a great way to get acquainted with a new author so I was curious to see what awaited me.
Aunt Philippa and the Men by L.M. Montgomery - I wasn't surprised that I loved this story. It wasn't completely new to me though I can't remember the last time I read it and I couldn't remember how it all worked out. Montgomery is amazing at short stories and this has a nice touch of humor. It made me want to gather up all the short story collections I have from her and sit down for a big reread. Loved it
The Kiss by Kate Chopin - I love Chopin's sparse writing style. It always leaves me wanting more and that is definitely the case with this shortest of short stories. I loved the scene she set and the characters were vivid but I wanted more! Liked it
The Victory by Rabindranath Tagore - This was my least favorite of the collection. The writing was beautiful but it was so lyrical that I had a hard time really connecting with the story. The interaction between the poets and the King was interesting but the story as a whole didn't click with me. Not for me
The Mystery of Wilhelm Rutter by Helen Hunt Jackson - This is a new author to me though the name does sound familiar. I loved this story about a German farmer, his family, and the mysterious stranger that showed up to help with harvest. This is an author I definitely need to look into. Really liked it
A Florentine Experiment by Constance Fenimore Woolson - This was the longest story and really enjoyable. I loved Margaret Stowe and thought Woolson did a great job of making Florence really come alive. This is another author I want to find out more about. Really liked it
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! I really enjoyed this collection of short stories.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes, if you enjoy short stories this is a really lovely collection.