Diamond Mine by Stephanie Bond is a romantic comedy novella of 90 pages. I like comedy. I don’t like stories of romance. I very much like the writing of Stephanie Bond. On balance, this is a good investment of reading time. Novellas are a form for which I like using Kindle Unlimited, which is the way I downloaded this story. The cover blurb has this: “What’s a woman to do when her beloved asks her to pick out a ring … for another woman?” Not saying I have ever been in such a situation, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the misery (Schadenfreude) of someone so foolish as to attempt such a thing.
Faith Sherman is an independent woman who, although from a rich family, earns her own way. This is a good thing because her family has made it clear that they expect her to do so. Her job in Zerrick’s Jewels had fueled her ambitions to someday open a jewelry shop for herself. Meanwhile she had a routine life with a not-so-routine boyfriend, police officer Carter Grayson. The story begins on a Valentine’s day, one which was forgotten by Carter. Faith was angry enough to end the relationship.
One year later, Faith had realized her dream of opening a shop with the help of family financing. Faith was still romantically alone but she had something to fill the days. Unexpectedly, Carter shows up in her life while on an assignment to supply security for a special jewelry exhibition. We are off and running with an evolving romance story. Humor is displayed in the dialogue of the characters.
Carter Grayson is the stereotype of the confused, naïve, self-centered male. As portrayed in this story, he should not be entrusted with a weapon. Carter will develop absurd avoidance strategies to remain distant from Faith while at the same time desiring a relationship with her. Carter is of indeterminate age but holds the rank of Lieutenant. No police officer of such rank should be so clueless. That is why this is fiction.
This is a pleasant weekend or breaktime read. There is no violence and no sexual situation that should offend readers older than fourteen. There is a sexual situation but there is no salacious or vulgar depiction of the minor incident.
I became acquainted with Stephanie Bond novels with the Coma Girl series. I found this slower and less complex than her earlier series, but this is a stand-alone novella. I rated this at four Amazon stars and will read more by Stephanie Bond.