Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Donna Lee Davis combines finely crafted prose and poetry in Something Else Entirely. This compilation of stories touches your heart, leaving a lingering impression. The short stories tell tales of aging, death, love lost, love found, friendship, family devotion and the power of forgiveness. The poetry of prayers reveals a soul surrendered to God. Each treasured story, beloved and simple, holds a profound truth. Sincere, heartfelt, real and sacred, this anthology reads like butter on warm bread, smoothly melting into the recesses of the soul. Something Else Entirely is precisely that; a fictional collection, rare and unique.
Something Else Entirely by Donna Lee Davis narrates genuine stories of life. Storytelling is a gift. Donna Lee Davis creatively presents the treasures of life, love, and purpose through her short stories and poetry. In keeping with the elements of short story writing, there is little to no fluff. The descriptions are precise and pure. The characters are revealed quickly, often through the point of view of a nameless narrator. The mood is obvious from the opening paragraph, immediately drawing you into the conflict of the story. The novella, Dust and Shadow, plunges you into the story without hesitation. I was instantly immersed in the story, even though I had not read Matter of Discretion.
As I was preparing to write this review, I pondered which story was my favorite; not an easy decision. I truly enjoyed Something Else Entirely as I believe we all have a story to tell and it is worth telling, even if it is not understood by one and all. However, Pappy’s Girl and The Interview both include such meaningful words that “unmask the soul.” The opening lines of The Interview begin with eternal truth: "there are moments in life which offer a grace that can change a life forever.” Something Else Entirely graces us with meaningful stories to hold close and ponder for a lifetime.