Fiction Sneak Peek, Jan 7, 2017 Issue

Carrie reads a letter from her younger self.

Our first issue of 2017! And the first story I’ll mention is “A Promise To The Past”. Carrie finds a letter she wrote as a youngster to her future self, about her dreams and ambitions. I think we should all have a letter like that… The story is by Jenny Roman.

The issue opens with “Snap Decision” by Pamela Kavanagh, also about dreams and ambitions. Polly wants to be a photographer, at a time when no one will take her seriously. Illustrated by Kirk Houston.

The womenfolk are fighting over new and eligible young-man-on-the-scene Jeff in “Meet the Neighbours” by Glenda Young. Illustrated by Philip Crabb.

Do you photograph everything? Alison does, and it’s driving her family nuts in “Life Through A Lens” by Andrea Wotherspoon.

Next it’s a lovely romantic comedy of manners , “Love And Marriage” by H. Johnson-Mack, illustrated by Michael Thomas. If I say eligible bachelor, fear of commitment, smitten young lady, protective sister – you get the gist.

Our next story tells lots of stories within it but the central one is about a mother’s instincts and the secret she has to find the right time to share. It’s “Halfway House” by Jean Cullop.

Another very poignant story finishes this week’s short story selection. It’s “Aboard The Daisy” by Susan Sarapuk, the Daisy being a boat, captained by Captain Bartlett, on which Mark and Jennifer find themselves all at sea in more ways than one. Illustrated by Kirk Houston.

It may be New Year but at the Red House, it’s also Janey and Rob’s wedding anniversary… Catch up with “Be My Guest” by Kerry Mayo.

It’s the final part of “Dancing Queen” by Jan Snook and it’s show time! Illustrated by Ruth Blair. And  “Life At Langrannoch” continues, now by Neilla Martin and Joyce Begg, and illustrated by Ruth Blair.

We finish with Ruby’s hen night in “Riverside”, our fab weekly soap by Glenda Young.

Happy reading and happy 2017, everyone.



Shirley Blair

Fiction Ed Shirley’s been with the “Friend” since 2007 and calls it her dream job because she gets to read fiction all day every day. Hobbies? Well, that would be reading! She also enjoys writing fiction when she has time, long walks, travel, and watching Scandi thrillers on TV.