Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Austin, who lives in the apartment building across the street from Mark, has his own problems. Two years earlier, the man he loved died in a horrible auto accident. Austin is still trying to come to terms with seeing it happen, and dealing with the aftermath.
After watching Mark from his balcony, making up stories about what he sees, Austin decides to meet him. Will the meeting help the two come to grips with their problems? And if it does, can they move on to something more than possible friendship?
The Man on the Balcony is a cute romance between two lonely men that became friends before they got a new lease on love. I really enjoyed the way they got to meet each other and how it was a bit creepy and a little funny.
One thing that didn’t work for me was the characters’ the internal monologues. They were complete paragraphs and appeared often. Perhaps, a first-person POV may have worked better for the story.
Overall, this is an interesting story with good characters. As any short story, it moved faster than I would like, but it has a strong start to a relationship.
The cover by Written Ink Design shows Mark and Austin, but nothing else. A bit generic, but nice enough.
ebook, 82 pages
Published: January 19, 2018, by JMS Books
Edition Language: English