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Publisher: 1st Books Library 
Release Date:  April 2003
ISBN:  1-4107-3648-2
Format Reviewed: Trade Paperback 
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Genre: Anthology/Romance short stories 
Reviewed: 2003
Reviewer:  Janet Elaine Smith
Reviewer Notes:  Janet Elaine Smith is the author of 11 published novels, the latest being Par for the Course, And They Called Her General Leigh, A Lumberjack Christmas and A Christmas Dream. She also writes for many magazines, both print and online.

Stories from the Heart
By Storyheart (aka Barry Eva)

     Author Barry Eva does a fine job of spinning yarns of love and passion in his book of "Love Stories," as he calls them. He has a way of taking the mundane, common-place things of everyday life and turning them into memories that will melt your heart.

Several of his stories deal with angels, which is a favorite theme of mine. His angels, however, are not of the "other-worldly" type, but are found among those who live amongst us. It leaves the reader wondering how many of the people in our own lives are really angels-in-disguise. Surely some of the people who are so important as we travel this planet day by day are in the "suspect" category.

     I think, however, that my favorite story was "Summer Dreams." It is about a very young couple, who were walking along the beach, very much in love. They exchanged two very simple gifts, made by their hands-and their hearts. The story ends years later, when he finds the item tucked back in a drawer. His wife calls to him, awakening him from his memories. You can not help but smile, and perhaps even shed a well-intentioned tear, when you realize that the wife of his later years is the young woman from the shore.

     If you want to feel good about life in general, and if you wonder if such a thing as true love really exists at all in this world of trouble and bad news, you must read Stories from the Heart.