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Reviewed by Kris Moger for Readers' Favorite
A Date With Oliver by Robert A. Groves is a sad short story about loss and hatred. The main character, Chris, is a young man who falls in love with someone he never would have expected to care so much for. While this relationship comes to mean so much to him and change his life in dramatic ways, it is also fraught with pain that leads to places devastating for Chris and his love, Oliver.
Though A Date With Oliver by Robert A. Groves is not long, it is also a moving tale of love and loss. It is also a reminder of how difficult it can be to move beyond worrying about what others think and living your own life. This story also brings home the brutal reality that love does not always conquer all, no matter how hard a person might try. A person’s decisions are their own to live with, and love cannot make the pressure of disapproval or bigotry go away.
While I would have loved for the author to go even deeper into the story and expand on the relationship between Chris and his love, this is because the characters and their situation drew me in. I appreciate the bare honesty with which Robert A. Groves wrote A Date With Oliver. This is yet another reason why I would have loved to read more. The characters are engaging even through all the pain they experience, and I wish life was a little more forgiving.