Cold Feet
Elise Juska et al
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Cold Feet
Elise Juska et al
Downtown Press
288 pages
May 2005
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Cold Feet is an anthology of five stories featuring engaged couples who are questioning their plans for the future.

"Perfect Weather for Driving" by Elise Juska finds Megan and Joel stranded at a hotel after they wreck their car on the way to attend a wedding. Their time together allows them to sort through their pet peeves and discover what they appreciate about each other. In "Losing California" by Tara McCarthy, Alison leaves her fiancé in California after a tragedy has her second-guessing her future plans. Alison isn't sure if her crush on a member of a band could turn into something real, but she's willing to take the chance to find out.

In Pamela Ribon's "Sara King Goes Bad," Sara decides that she isn't ready to be married and leaves her live-in fiancé. She gets mixed up in a crazy scheme that goes from bad to worse. "The Happiest Day of Your Life" by Heather Swain explores Annie and Ben's plans to have a simple wedding and the waterfall of things that go wrong in the process. Finally, "Emily & Jules" meet online in Lisa Tucker's story. They both suffer from agoraphobia, but what happens when Emily must attend her brother's wedding?

The stories are funny at times and mostly engaging. However, there is a depressing spirit that is pervasive throughout. All of the couples are living together, which doesn't allow for a great deal of variety in the plots. Some of the stories end with the couple actually getting married, others decide they are better off apart. Cold Feet is an interesting collection, occasionally bordering on thoughtful, and ultimately entertaining.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Melissa Parcel, 2005

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