Fiction Sneak Peek: February 12, 2022 Issue

february 12 2022 issue

Happy Valentine’s! Love is in the air in our February 12, 2022 issue.

Short stories

When Della receives a mystery Valentine, she’s at a loss to know who could have sent it. Unless . . . Set in the 1890s, “A Message From The Heart” is written for us by Pamela Kavanagh, and illustrated by Ged Fay.

“Just The Job” by Eirin Thompson is next, and with no Valentine’s Day plans, spending Valentine’s in the office doesn’t seem like such a bad idea! Illustrated by Jim Dewar.

A mum seems to have ‘gone into herself’ after the loss of her husband. A solution is found, in “Poetry In Motion”, by Gabrielle Mullarkey. With a Shutterstock illustration.

One mum finds it hard to let go, in “A Mother’s Love”, by Deborah Tomlin. Illustrated by Shutterstock.

We return to Hopewell for our next story, “The Florist’s Engagement”, by Rebecca Holmes. It’s a time of change for Laura . . . featuring artwork by Mandy Dixon (above).

Beth’s granddaughter, Daisy, has a quick temper – just as Beth once did. Daisy’s argument with a friend brings back Beth’s memories of a breach that’s too old to heal. Or is it? “Forgive And Forget” by Alison Wassell is illustrated by Shutterstock.

Singleton Euan loves his trains. But will love come down the line? Find out in “The Valentine’s Express” by Becca Robin. Illustrated by Manon Gandiolle.


In Part Four of “Return To Rosecot”, Phoebe worries about her brother. Will he be well enough to join in the activities? Penny Alexander’s six-part serial is illustrated by Philip Crabb.

With a decision made about the future, Lydia is ready to celebrate with friends old and new, in the final part of Beth Watson’s “Follow My Lead”. Artwork by Kirk Houston.

A new serial begins next week.


Love is on the cards at Dewar’s newsagents. “Read All About It” is by Eirin Thompson.

It’s time for Mike to come clean to Anna, in Glenda Young’s “Riverside”.

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Fiction Editor Lucy is always on the look-out for the very best short stories, poems and pocket novels. As well as sourcing enjoyable content, she enjoys working with our established contributors, encouraging new talent, and celebrating 150 years of 'Friend' fiction!