"Tales To Count On" by S.R. Mallery is a fantastic selection of short stories. Some with the word 'count' of Flash Fiction, a genre I just recently discovered and learned to appreciate.
Short insights into characters, families, situations, minds, hearts and even history. Mallery has a soft and gentle way with words that is engaging and masterful. Well written with amazing skill of characterisation and scene settings within the lowest word counts, this is nothing short of impressive. So many stories with such different characters, yet all manage to captivate.
Great surprises and turns make many stories unforgettable. I've read Mallery's other work, which I can also highly recommend. This might be my favourite, though. Just excellent.