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Publisher's Summary

This contemporary fiction book is an anthology of several short stories: 

Story 1: A man is in search for his beloved bird, which keeps flying away to different areas. However, the bird's pattern isn't random. It's not arbitrary. It has a purpose; a purpose to make its owner see his real purpose. As the man follows the bird wherever he can, each situation triggers different memories and helps him view life in a different perspective. 

Story 2: Nora is confused. With her gothic look and her secret superpower to teleport from one spot to another within sight, she has all the problems a girl in her 20s can have. Faced with betrayal, mean people at the hospital where she works, and much more, she moves through life and finds ways to protect her newly found boyfriend. 

Story 3: Norman is another man faced with problems. His ADHD makes him misunderstood among the populace. However, when he finds a hidden treasure in the middle of the desert, his bravery and entrepreneurial skills are put to the test. Will he save the economy of the fishermen's village? 

Story 4: As Benjamin comes across a wishing well, he is amazed at the concept of "unlimited wishes." Each wish, though, comes with a warning: That life seems so much better when you have this or that, but oftentimes, it's tricky and it doesn't meet people's expectations. On a moral journey to figure out what he really desires in life, Benjamin keeps changing his mind and finds out what truly matters.

©2019 Rachel Swenson (P)2019 Rachel Swenson

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I loved this

These stories are exactly what I needed to be entertained on an afternoon like this. Some made me think, but in a general sense, they weren't too deep or far-fetched. Just some light, fun stories about people who questioned their own decisions or made the right choice. All happy endings, which I liked.

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Fun stuff

I liked this book. Great narrator, and great stories. Perfect length for the price you pay for it. Nothing wrong with it. Funny moments and moments of thinking. I wasn't too crazy about the story about the girl with the purple hair, but I liked the search for happiness story.

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I exchanged this

I had a $5 credit and this sounded interesting. However, I decided pretty quickly to exchange because of all the errors. Strawberries do not grow on bushes. Contemporary steel mills do not receive raw materials and ship out finished steel in wagons. And words were sometimes missing from sentences, which I suspect was poor editing and not the narrator.

I might have forgiven this, but the character flits from one location to the next, spends a few minutes there, and reports life changing insight at each one, when nothing happens to bring about these changes. So no, this book just wasn’t doing it for me, even for five dollars.

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Fun book

Yes! I was looking for something like this. Great narrator, who really got into it. Relaxing to listen to these fictional stories.

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Good book

I enjoyed the different stories, some more than others. I especially liked the story about a man in search for happiness. We always want too much in life, and we're never happy. It opened my eyes, and it was humorous too.

The narrator: Sounded like he really got into it. He did voices and told the stories to make them come to life.