I'm a Donna Hatch fan. I enjoy her books. She's also a very nice person.
I also admit I was hesitant to purchase her short story Troubled Hearts. It's short. Really short.
It is a sweet romance.
It is well crafted and worth it.
This is what I envision a short story should be:
The characters are well developed. I'm able to visualize them with ease.
There is a beginning, middle, and end. It isn't an outline of what should be a longer story. It doesn't end so abruptly I'm left with the sensation of being dumped over a cliff. The characters and setting were clear in my head. I especially loved being able to spend enough time at the end to savor it.