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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In the wistful realistic fiction work, The Porch Swing by R.A. Dillow, a grandmother shares memories with her grandchildren as she turns the pages of a photo album. She remembers her husband’s devotion throughout their life together as she turns each page. In the beginning, he chooses to be with her even after he learns about her illness. The porch swing which he constructs for her is a symbol of their love. The scratches and scars on the wood represent the many beautiful memories they have had together as a couple and as a family. The photo album also brings back sad memories; moments that she struggles to recount to the grandchildren. The children are delighted to hear about their parents’ childhood. The story takes an unexpected turn in the end.
The Porch Swing by R.A. Dillow is a splendid collection of dreams and hopes. It is told through a likable, intuitive main character. I loved how well-rendered the couple’s children and grandchildren are in the story. I also liked how the work beautifully depicts each memory shared by the family and the emotions surrounding each moment. There are also twists within the story and toward its end that made me become engrossed in the story. The Porch Swing by R.A. Dillow is a poignant and also heart-warming work with a surprising conclusion. It captures simple yet profound moments and is a nostalgic depiction of its characters’ hopes and memories. It takes the audience on a moving journey through many light-hearted and difficult moments.