So, I was putzing around on Twitter last month gushing to Ruthie Knox about how much I loved her newest release, and she let me on to a little secret that’s not so secret any more: Mary Ann Rivers is fantastic, funny, kind, insightful, and the author of one of the best novellas I’ve ever read.
The publisher’s blurb, courtesy of Goodreads:
In this eBook original novella, Mary Ann Rivers introduces a soulful and sexy tale of courage, sacrifice, and love.
I will meet you on Wednesdays at noon in Celebration Park. Kissing only.
Carrie West is happy with her life . . . isn’t she? But when she sees this provocative online ad, the thirtysomething librarian can’t help but be tempted. After all, the photo of the anonymous poster is far too attractive to ignore. And when Wednesday finally arrives, it brings a first kiss that’s hotter than any she’s ever imagined. Brian Newburgh is an attorney, but there’s more to his life . . . that he won’t share with Carrie. Determined to have more than just Wednesdays, Carrie embarks on a quest to learn Brian’s story, certain that he will be worth the cost. But is she ready to gamble her heart on a man who just might be The One . . . even though she has no idea how their love story will end?
This is a book that you need to read. I’m not just advising, recommending, or suggesting. I’m imploring, exhorting, begging, even demanding. It doesn’t matter if you don’t read romance novels, you need to read this book. (And, seriously, it’s $0.99.)
The Story Guy is about many things: how essential are connections with other people, how we can fill up a life with contentedness, with doing things, and going places, but how all of that can be compressed — almost distilled — to the essence of one’s life. Above all, this book is about life: a life lived, a life survived, a life sacrificed, a life given in hour-long increments. It’s also about kissing. (And gussets get a shout out.)
It’s beautiful. Rivers’ prose is lyrical and effortlessly deliberate. When I turned the last page, I went right back to the first, because I just wasn’t done bathing in all that beautiful language, in that lovely focus. I am convinced that Mary Ann Rivers could write about my mundane life and manage to make it beautiful; she would notice all the shiny details I ignore, all the moments that make life true, the moments that are the point of it all, really, but that we overlook in the hustle and bustle of getting things done. She would point to those details and say, “that, right there, is why you struggle and work and endure every day. Look at it. Know why you’re living your life.”
That’s what The Story Guy did for me. It made me look at my own life to wonder what I was doing with all my hours. It made me want to live my life a bit more deliberately. If that’s what Mary Ann Rivers can accomplish in a novella, a debut novella, I simply cannot wait to find out what she’ll do next.
The Story Guy was released on July 8, 2013 as an e-book by Loveswept, a division of Random House. For more information about the book, please click on the cover image above to visit the book’s page on Goodreads. Learn more about Mary Ann Rivers by visiting her website.
*FTC Disclosure – I received an e-galley from Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*