Read the old boat a short story by Brian Ming Online


To Tom, seven years of marriage to Katy seems like seven years too long. He can't figure out what's changed. Where did the magic go? Pondering leads him to a chance encounter—an unlikely place, with two very unlikely characters who have not only been around a sea of glass, but through the most tempest of times. Bargaining leads to much more than Tom bargained for....

Title : the old boat a short story
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ISBN : 26384351
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 21 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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the old boat a short story Reviews

  • Elyse
    2019-05-22 10:17

    Bring Ming, Goodreads friend and author wrote a touching 16 page short story. It's a free Kindle download today - Sunday, 10/9, and will take you 20 minutes to read. Given that it takes place in Florida --what a perfect time to read it - sending thoughts to all our friends and family who weathered this past serious hurricane. Read about "The Old Boat", weathered and sun-scorched, but "Real solid", andSandy, Katy, Tom, Bill, and Jimmy......( the star characters). Each one of them stands out strong in your mind-- which isn't easy to do with a short-short story. Brian's writing is excellent....and the emotions are felt.It only takes 20 minutes to read - it's free - with an uplifting message without being preachy at all. This is another one of those stories that is 'good-for-the-heart!! Congrats Brian!!! Really lovely short story!!!!Thank you for being an inspiration for many!!!

  • Cheri
    2019-06-02 11:09

    Last year, shortly after Christmas, I read Brian Ming’s “Snow Sometimes Falls,” a wonderful seasonal read. “The Old Boat” is every bit as good, although it is not a Christmas story, per se, it is a wonderfully uplifting story about the people who we share our lives with, and those that happen to enter our lives if only for a time. How those years and those people help form us. Time, wearing away the hard edges that have battered us along the way leaving us weathered and worn, but loved. I found this charming book through George’s review. Thanks George!

  • Marianne
    2019-06-13 11:26

    The Old Boat is a short story by American author, Brian Ming, which is available as a free download Kindle book. Tom Belcher's marriage of seven years is looking shaky when he sits in his favourite cafe idly checking the Want ads. He is intrigued by an old boat for sale: a renovation project that will need a lot of hard work. On a whim he goes to see it. The elderly owner shares tales that unexpectedly change Tom's life. This is a wonderfully uplifting tale for any reader who needs a feel-good fix.

  • George
    2019-06-15 11:23

    CHARMING AND INSPIRING.“She was worn and weathered, like the boat. But her countenance resonated calm stability.” (Kindle Location 96).Who woulda thunk it.  Such beautiful storytelling and word-smithery blossoming in a hard-scrabble old steel town like Fontana, California. Talent and creativity know no bounds.A huge thanks to my great Goodreads friend, Elyse, for spotlighting this tale: The Old Boat: A Short  Story, by Brian Ming.  A truly delightful story. Completely engaging. I loved it.  And now I’m curious to read Brian's novel: Snow Sometimes Falls.Recommendation: Might still be a free download from Kindle Books… Free or not, search it out and enjoy good storytelling.“Something shiny and new. Something spunky and spontaneous—like we used to be.” (Kindle Locations 81-82)Kindle Edition, 15 pages.

  • Sara
    2019-05-25 08:09

    Sweet little story about marriage, the passage of time, and endurance.

  • Brian Ming
    2019-05-25 14:09

    I wrote this story for two reasons: First, I see a great need, especially in men who want to give up on marriages too quickly. Obviously, there are two sides to every story, and typically there's fault on both. But, it's been my experience that men tend to jump ship quicker. I've found in counseling many couples, a wife who has the full attention of her husband, is valued, and treated like the queen she is, will treat her husband like a king. Second, I see there are many older couples who have a wealth of experience, having fulfilled their marriage vows even when times were hard. During this story, Tom has an encounter with two complete strangers, via the old boat. The older couple shares their toughest storm, one they've endured. Through the bargaining process, Tom gets much more than he's bargaining for. In the end, he finds out fighting for marriage is well worth it.

  • Donna Jasso
    2019-05-31 07:05

    Great read! I want more!This was an awesome short story! It tugged at the heart strings for sure. I can't wait to see what Brian has in store next for us.

  • Bill Tillman
    2019-05-22 10:10

    I cannot tell you how many times I passed over this short story in my virtual library. All I can say is poor me for having missed such a gem. So many of us have experienced "the seven year itch". But the beauty of this short story should be required reading for all such voyages.