|Jennifer Goodwin thought to ease a soldier's deployment by sending letters and packages to a Marine pen pal. In time, the friendship turned to love... until her accident. The violent car crash left her with scars, on her face and in her soul. She did what she had to do. She broke off with Gage Brewer without explanation. When Gage gets leave, he's determined to find Jennifer and force her to tell him why she broke off with him.
In this short story, Jennifer is so upset about her looks that she breaks up with a man she believes she is in love with before he can reject her like so many other people have. Gage was teased about his Dear John letter and he wants answers. She agrees to go to a volunteer awards dinner because it's a costume ball where she can hide behind a mask. Gage learns about the costume ball and decides this is the time to get to know her, then find out what's going on. This story has a moral but it's still enjoyable. The writing is solid and the characters likable when you get past Jennifer's shallow view of how her looks define her as a person. "Costume Ball" by Kelli Scott is a pleasant enough story.
Reviewer: Kathy F.