Review: “Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings” (A Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story) by Jodi Taylor

Ships and Stings and Wedding RingsTaylor hooked me immediately with the problem that needed to be solved in this adventure. The rising sense of horror at what happened felt very visceral, and what’s even better is that the threads that came about to create this situation were beautifully laid in previous installments of this series. 

The time travel adventure itself also struck a fantastic balance of just enough detail to immerse myself without leaving me desperate for more information or bogged down in unnecessary info dumps.

Despite the seriousness of the situation, there were some literal laugh out loud moments. And I’d say that Max and Leon can stop being so damn cute any time now, except that’s a lie. Max and Leon’s relationship will always be one of my favorite things about this world.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Currently reading: “Christmas Present” (A Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story) by Jodi Taylor

(Unfortunately, reading these two stories out of order because I sometimes I can’t interpret the notes I leave myself. Oops.)

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By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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