Review: Something New by Liz Flaherty, from Last Chance Beach: Summer's End

I've started reading the stories in Last Chance Beach: Summer's End.

Since my reading time is limited, I decided to read one story each night and review it the next day.

Liz Flaherty wrote Something New, the second short story in the Romance Collection.

I'm starting with Liz's story because my story, Hot August Night, is first in the box set. I can't very well review my own story if for no other reason than I'm an extremely harsh critic of my own writing. 

Something New by Liz Flaherty

Their lives are planned out...until they're not! Are they in love or just stuck in a habit?

Manhassett Applegate and Zeke Merriweather have been best friends since they were children. Their relationship is comfortable and for years, everyone—including Hass and Zeke—have assumed the two would marry when they were adults and finished with their respective educations.

Their relationship is like a comfortable old sofa—with spontaneity, passion, and romance falling between the cushions and getting lost in the day to day mundane issues of life.

When push comes to shove, Hass begins to wonder if Zeke really loves her. 

She loves him, or she thought she did, but she begins to question everything about their relationship.

She takes all or her  worries with her to Last Chance Beach, needing solitude and the peace of the island community to answer the question that plagues her and keeps her from planning her wedding.

Are they really in love or just stuck in the habit of being together?

Something New is a heartwarming story about two people who need to learn to communicate better and voice their concerns rather than let a small concern grow into a barricade keeping them apart.

The story is beautifully told by Liz Flaherty. I absolutely give it 2 thumbs up. This is just 1 of 14 romance short stories in Last Chance Beach: Summer's End, only 99 cents for the entire box set. I think you'll love it

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Takeaway Truth

I love that a short read like these stories is something I can finish in a few hours—even with interruptions. 

Have a wonderful weekend! I'll see you tomorrow with How to Store Fresh Produce to make the most of your food dollar.


  1. Thanks for the review, Joan. It means so much coming from a writer I so greatly respect and whose expertise I appreciate beyond words. And I like you, too! :-)

  2. Like you, Joan, I'm reading one story at a time. Enjoying the other stories!

  3. I'm devouring these short stories! They're the perfect length for my scattered mind these days.

  4. I love that I can find time to read each of these stories. They're the perfect length for me lately. Great post!