Need a Short Read?

This month, as you might know, is a Camp NaNoWriMo month. That being the case, I am hard at work this morning, working on a novella. I’m already on the eighth chapter, and I’m just starting the second week of camp. Needless to say — but I will anyway — I have a secondary project to work on for later in the month. I’m hoping for just as much success on that one, but I still have to finalize my outline and finish up the last three chapters in the novella before I can start on the next project.

Since I’m working on a novella right now, I got thinking about a couple of novellas I’ve recently enjoyed. This past weekend, I read the Lynette Eason one I’ll share in a moment, but it’s been a few months since I read the Cara Putman one, and I’m hoping to be able to reread it soon. It’s a quick read, so I think it will fit into my schedule one of these weekends.

Do you like novellas? Why or why not?
If you haven’t tried one before, check out these two. I think you’ll really enjoy them!


Lethal Homecoming by Lynette Eason
Six years ago, danger sent Callie Ainsworth running, and now all she wants is to go home to Tanner Hollow. She’s received word that the danger is over, so she is free to be reunited with her mother and sister. When someone tries to kill Callie before she even reaches the driveway, she realizes she’s made a horrible mistake and danger still lurks. But this time she’s not running away.
Nolan Tanner had loved Callie as a teenager and has never gotten over her sudden, unexplained departure. When he rescues her from a killer on her first night home, old feelings come rushing back. Still angry at her for leaving him six years ago, he soon realizes she had good reason for taking off–and that he’s still holding out hope for a future with her. Can he catch the person who wants her dead and convince her she needs to stay home for good?
Canteen Dreams by Cara Putman
(Note: I copyedited this one before the author re-released it.
I might be a bit biased, but it truly is delightful. *smile*)


In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Nebraska schoolteacher Audrey Stone wants to support the war effort in any way she can. When her community starts a canteen at the train station, Audrey spends nearly every spare moment there, offering food and kindness to the soldiers passing through. She never expected to fall for a local boy…or face the challenges of budding love in the face of war. 

Rancher Willard Johnson admires Audrey’s passionate nature, but when his brother is killed in action, he feels he must avenge by enlisting himself. His father insists he stay, but Willard knows he must go. Reality intrudes, and he never expected the jealousy he experiences when he sees those in uniform. 

Can Willard’s budding relationship with Audrey weather the storms of war? Or will one of the other soldiers at the canteen steal her heart?


Which novellas have you enjoyed lately?
(I love recommendations!)
What is your favorite thing about a novella?
(My favorite thing is being able to read a novella in either one sitting or over a weekend.)
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