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Visions Of Johanna by Jeremy Spencer

Author's Description:
A short story about a man attempting to start all over three years after a tragic event in his life. Originally written for a story festival on the Friday Knight Writer's Lounge.
Size: 52 KB ( ~ 9,861 words)
Sex Contents: Some Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Consensual, Romantic, Heterosexual, Slow

Review by Andrew Johns   [other reviews by Andrew Johns]

Reviewed: 2006-03-23

In "Visions of Johanna", Jeremy Spencer treats us to the story about a man coming to terms with his departed spouse, and moving on.

The sex in this story isn't written for stroke value, but for meaning. The chemistry and the awkward eagerness that the two main characters have is perfect for what is happening. Don't expect to get yourself into a frenzy over this, but expect to be somewhat touched by how they go about it.

The plot itself is touchingly excellent. Kyle lost his wife 3 years prior, and still hasn't come to terms with the loss of his childhood friend/sweetheart. Even though the marriage was only for 7 months before she died, their lifetime partnership is embossed on his every thought. His change of location from K.C. to the West coast is a chance for a fresh start, but also a way to escape the constant reminders that K.C. holds for him.

Heather is a lively woman that catches Kyle's eye on his very first day in the new office. She's fun, eager, and aggressive towards Kyle, sensing a spark. Can he deal with her forwardness, and can she deal with his memories?

Technically, the story came across flawlessly.

This story is a great read for a closing of one chapter in a person's life, and the starting towards a new horizon. A touching memory to a departed love, if you aren't set on a stroke story, this one is an excellent read.

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10