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The first story, ‘A Social Handicap’, is about a woman who chooses not to drink and therefore she doesn’t get invited out much with her friends. But on New Year’s Eve, she is thrilled to be invited to a party, though she still intends not to drink. Once she’s there she gets picked on and made fun of, so she decides to have a drink to shut them all up. She feels so relaxed after her drink so she has another and ends up getting invited to dance by drunken men. After that her night doesn’t turn out quite how she expected it would and I never guessed the ending to this story, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The second story, ‘Mobile Love’, is about a woman called Mandy, and her mother always advises her never to change the one you love. But Mandy’s husband is a rat and although Mandy sticks to the rules, she isn’t letting him get away with it.
The Third Story, ‘Mrs Cheadle Goes Shopping’, is about an elderly lady that is harassed by a bunch of louts. When they throw things at her and injure her leg, she reports them to The Centre Manager. He informs her there is not much he can do to resolve the continuing problem of thugs in the shopping centre. Frustrated, Mrs Cheadle remembers that her dear deceased husband had always told her to think laterally, so taking his advice she comes up with a brilliant idea to rid the shopping mall of the louts. Great story!
The Fourth story, ‘Cruise Holiday’, starts off with a woman called Bella who is struggling up the stars of a railway station, heaving a heavy suitcase as she is on her way to a cruise. There is no one around to help her, except an unsavoury character with a hoodie and tattoos, but to find out what happened next you’ll have to read the story. I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn’t guess the ending.
The Fifth story, ‘What a Woman in Love Can do’, is about a woman called Jenny who works for a farmer. She is a strong attractive woman but has not had a boyfriend. She guesses it is because she isn’t so educated and she is fed up with Farmer Brown bragging what a genius he son is and going on and on about how he will become a Corporate Accountant and a millionaire one day. Jenny has had a crush on his her bosses’ son for years and she wishes he would just shut up. When Farmer Brown informs her his son is to marry a rich Farmer’s daughter, she realises she is destined to live with her mother for the rest of her life unless she can think of a plan. Another great short story! Loved it!
The Sixth Story, ‘Gaby The Go Getter’, is about a woman called who has many businesses, and as she has no time for socialising, she is quite lonely and wants a man in her life, but when she uses her brilliant brain, she comes up with an idea to accomplish all. Loved this story and never guessed the ending.
The seventh story, ‘Yes I’m Leaving You’, is about a woman called Julia. Julie’s old friend asks her to go with him to confront his wife who he believes is having an affair. This makes Julia start to believe that all marriages must end the same eventually and that maybe if her husband hadn’t died t he might have cheated on her too, and she wonders if there really is such a thing as True Love after all. I loved the ending to this one!
The eighth story: ‘Rona’s Job Interview from Hell’. When Rona tells her dad she is going for a job interview with Goldfield Enterprises he suggests it might be a bit out of her league and thinks she might not even get through the selection process. Rona decides to take the chance anyway, but finds it to be a lot harder than she though, especially with one of the interviewers known as The Drill Sergeant. Wow! This one was my favourite of all the stories and that’s because it reminded me of an interview I once had.
The Ninth story: ‘Every Dog Has Its Day’. When a grouchy woman called Ivana is woken by a loud thump in her house, she’s sure it must be a burglar. But when she looks at Gonzo, her ex lover’s dog, he’s just snoring in the corner of her bedroom. Angry because the dog hasn’t gone downstairs to attack the crook, she figures he’s as lazy as his owner, Alec. Now she has to go down and tackle the burglar on her own, she wishes she’d kicked Gonzo out along with Alec. Great ending to this one too!
The Tenth Story: ‘Love and Respect’. When Debbie hears that her ex-boyfriend, Vince, is coming to town as a Faith Healer, her heart skips a beat. Although he left her years ago, she is still in love with him and wonders if there could still be a spark of love left between them. So when her friend suggests they both go to the show to watch him perform, Debbie agrees to go. Another great ending/ I love it!
I highly recommend John M W Smiths books. I haven’t read one yet that isn’t captivating!
My favorite story is Mrs. Cheadle Goes Shopping. She can teach us all lessons about empowerment and strategy.
John M. W. Smith's Longer Wacky Stories with Twist Endings lives up to its billing with its surprise endings. The short stories are entertaining, with underlying themes adding poignancy. Mr. Smith is also the author of the Layman's Guide to the Meaning of Life and Death. The book is based on his own experiences, and offers help to those seeking meaning in their lives.
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