String the Cranberries by Kim Troike (Book Review #66)

String the cranberries is a short story written about Brandon and Leia. It is a love story and written as a Christmas Novella. Brandon is a 25-year-old bachelor that happens to hear of an advertisement asking for help at a farm from, his friend Sam. Brandon asks Sam’s advice as he trusts him and takes a step towards applying for the position. Brandon travels to Wyoming. As he arrives, he meets Tracey, a hardworking man that keeps to himself.

He takes Brandon to the farm and introduces him to everything and everyone. Brandon is to stay at the bunkhouse, and that is where he will be living for the duration of his stay. This is where Brandon meets Leia. The way they meet is a little weird and not as well written as the rest of the story, however; the build up makes you forget that. Leia is sweet and innocent. She hasn’t been or done anything crazy in her life. Her existence is for the purpose of taking care of her sick mom and accomplishing the normal chores. Meeting Brandon, a guy from Chicago is exciting for Leia. Maybe he could save her from her never changing life.

Their conversations and the way the Author warms the two characters up to the reader was done beautifully. It is like two people meeting up and suddenly find each other easy to talk to and to get along with. They share common interests and find each other intriguing and the more time they spend together, the more they realize that they are meant for each other.

A devastating phone call has Brandon packing everything and going back to Chicago where his family lives. This leaves Leia upset, as she does not get a note as to why this has happened and has no way to find him now. Leia is also carrying a very important parcel, which she needs to find Brandon and inform about.


The story had a steady pace and a gentle plot. It is a short story with plenty of characters and little need of backstory. The lives of every character are important, and they all have their own little problems and matters to deal with. The Author makes this story easy to read and to understand. There are no literary mistakes, typos or anything annoying, which is a fresh surprise.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes to read a beautiful fictional short story.

Written by Jeyran Main


This Review was kindly requested by the Author, Kim Troike.

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