“Something New” is a short and extremely satisfying read in the Last Chance Beach: Summer’s End anthology. I hadn’t intended to consume it one sitting, but once I started reading, I was sucked in and couldn’t stop! Good thing it’s only 9,000 words! Despite the short length of this story, it packs a big emotional punch.
Manhasset Applegate (or Hass, who wins the prize for best heroine name ever) and her fiancé Zeke Merriweather are planning to marry in October. After graduating college, Hass wants one last summer of freedom before settling down to work in her family’s business and marrying Zeke. But as the days roll by in the idyllic oceanside cottage she’s rented, Hass discovers she has second thoughts about the career that’s been mapped out for her. And though Zeke has been her best friend for years, does he really want to marry her, or is he doing what he feels is expected of him? After all, he’s never told her he loves her.
This sweet story about two young people on the verge of the rest of their lives, asks the question “Do we do the safe thing, the thing expected of us, or do we go with our hearts?” Liz Flaherty answers the question with wisdom, common sense and love. I highly recommend “Something New”.