A Short Story


Susan L. Pare'

About the story

A young boy’s excitement brings a shock to a neighborhood. A teenage girl is asked to her first prom, only to discover that her father is not the man she thought he was. What God decides is the solution to the world’s biggest problem backfires and changes the world forever.

John F. Haase reviewed Red, White, and Blue  November 29, 2019

 WOW ! Talk about making one think (even about themself).

All I can say is, "WOW !". Pare has really gone outside herself and her usual down home, small town, heart rending novels. She usually creates characters that force you to remember people you knew a long time ago. The scenarios often lead you to preconceived endings that never quite work out that way. Red, White, and Blue is different in that it deals with attitudes and prejudices that exist in today's world. Wonderful work Susan ! Keep it up and I'd love to see a full blown work incorporating all 3 of these scenarios. Good Job!

Electronics was not a word you heard used on a day to day basis. When parents wanted to call their kids home for dinner, they opened the door and yelled “dinner’s ready.” They didn’t call them on a cell phone or send them a text.

Second World War ended in the ‘40s and times were tough. Mothers stayed home and took care of the home while fathers worked ten to twelve hours a day to put food on the table.

Even so, it was a less complicated time. Families sat down at the table and ate their meals together, while discussing the events of the day. Children were respectful of their elders and minded their manners or paid the price. And, in most cases, they went to church on Sunday mornings.

To take a trip meant getting in the car and driving to a town to visit friends or relatives in a car that had no air conditioning.

This book will take you back to those days and let you into the world of the unusual upbringing of the author, born generations ago.


by Susan L. Pare'



Generations have passed but the chapters in this delightful book will remain embedded in the author’s mind forever. Growing up in the 1940s and 1950s is so far removed from growing up today that most children cannot even fathom life in those days.  

Fun Reading

for the  Entire Family

Blueberries and Bears and My Brother's Shoes

This book was interesting and brought back many of my childhood memories from eating Cracker Jacks with the prizes, the role of having a different religion that mattered to some people, wearing clothes from second-hand stores, to getting a new homemade dress for a special occasion. Susan Pare experienced happy circumstances and some things only dysfunctional parents would do to their kids so I felt so sorry for her, yet she turned things around with her humor and this kept me reading. This book certainly gives readers insights into what's happening in a child's head, both happy things and sad. I think this book would have readers reminiscing about forgotten memories. I enjoyed reading this book and at times I laughed out loud!

                                                                        Review by: lefsesmom - Dec. 31, 2019

The book that started it all.

In 2014 Susan wrote Blueberries and Bears and My Brother's Shoes, but never published it. She has since edited the book, rewritten and added many new and humorous chapters. It is now available for purchase on Amazon.

Crossing Sydney

No matter how sophisticated a reader you are, Crossing Sydney is going to surprise you. A unique plot that keeps you riveted until the very end where you'll find yourself going back to read the last few pages just in case you missed something. You didn't - you were delightfully and masterfully tricked.

                          Review by: Laurie Lawson -        July 18, 2016

 The Mayor's Son

A simple town, a simple time ... and two ghastly crimes. Having grown up in small town America, I appreciated the undercurrents throughout the story. Cops, parents, friends and neighbors thinking the know everything there is to know about the goings-on around town ... only to find out otherwise. I found Susan's work to be an entertaining read that flowed well, kept me engaged, and provided a sufficient amount of suspense all the way to the surprise ending. Well done ...

                              Review by: Kevin Quamme -       Sept. 21, 2017

What a wonderful night in Columbus with The Books and Beer Club. I was told it was the largest attendance that they had ever had. We had a delightful discussion about my book, The House on Ludington Street. I signed many books and met some super people. I wish to thank them for their hospitality. I had a great time.