Nature’s Fifth Season by Michelle Muto

NaturesFifthSeasonFour short stories and one novella from author Michelle Muto.

Two teens meet their match during a home invasion when they encounter the elderly homeowner.

The Goblin
An eight-year-old boy ponders the rules of monsters and the creature that lives under his bed.

A midnight trip across a desolate highway takes a husband and wife farther than they expected.

Dear Maddy
During a winter-long stay at a remote mountain cabin, a man writes letters to a ghost and soon begins to question his sanity.

Everyone needs a second chance. The heartfelt story of a young girl, an abandoned dog, and the unbreakable bond between them.

This is a group of short stories that represent the seasons. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Nature’s Fifth Season. Trust me, it’ll make sense when you read it. Each one has some form of paranormal aspect. Some of the stories are funny and cute. They all have at least one interesting twist. Some are down right creepy and I dare you to read the last story and not shed a tear. This is the perfect book to pick up when you’re in between reads or just want to read through one of them when you have a little bit of spare time.


The description of Eleanor above pretty much says it all. The tables are turned on a pair of teenagers when they decide to take on Eleanor. She may look like a defenseless little old cat lady, but appearances can fool you. I almost felt sorry for them at the end… almost. 😉

The Goblin

How many kids are afraid of the monster who lives under their bed or in their closet? Jeremy had some pretty steadfast rules when it came to monsters and he tried not to break them. I’m glad I read this one when my days of checking under the bed and in the closet for my kids were long over. *shivers*


Honesty is the best policy, especially when it comes to marriage. This couple learned an important lesson about honesty and some interesting consequences of keeping secrets.

Dear Maddy

I can honestly say that I didn’t see the twist in Dear Maddy coming. The story was a series of letters written to the ghost of a man left behind after her death. That’s pretty much all I can say without giving anything away.


Oh Colt… such a good dog. This story was unique in a lot of ways, but mainly because it was told totally from the dog’s perspective. It began with Colt at the Pound on the day that he found his new Forever Home with Becca and her family. Touch covers the life-span of Colt… and beyond. I have to be honest, I knew what I was in for when I started reading Touch, but I still wasn’t prepared. If you are a dog lover, be forewarned. This story will bring back every memory you’ve tucked away if you’ve ever loved and lost a dog. Even if you’re not a dog lover, I dare you (again) not to feel something when you read this story. There is no doubt in my mind that dogs sense more than we can imagine. Michelle Muto reinforces that in Touch and gives them a ‘voice’ that I totally believe they internally have. *sigh*



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