Title: The Healing Power of Eggnog
Author: Jamie Fessenden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Will Sutherland hasn’t been home to see his parents in four years—not since they reacted badly when he came out. This Christmas, he’s finally worked up the courage to go home, where he’s surprised to find they’ve taken in a boarder. Ryan Bennett is just a couple years younger than Will, cute, sweet… and openly gay.
As Will deals with his jealousy of the man who’s been receiving the love and acceptance he was denied, Ryan finds himself falling for Will’s brooding good looks. But Ryan also suspects the Sutherlands may be using him as a pawn in their long-standing conflict with their son. Will this Christmas finally tear the family apart, or is there a chance they can put their hurt and anger behind them?
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package “Heartwarming”.
I am a sucker for a good Christmas story, even in April. It is a season where anything is possible, and everyone is just a little nicer to those around them. (Clearly, I do all my holiday shopping online, so shush). It is also a season to take a look at what is good in your life as well as what is no longer working for you. The Healing Power of Eggnog by Jamie Fessenden does just this. He takes on the spirit of the holiday, forgiveness, and reserving judgement, all in about 80 pages.
Will has not been home in four years. In that time, Ryan has seemingly moved in and taken his place. Neither truly knows from where the other is coming, but they both know there must be something behind their current situation. Over the week of Christmas, they find that middle ground and each other.
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I have heard some complaints about the speed of the romance in this story. I do not agree, necessarily, with the detractors. Is the romance a little fast? Yes… okay maybe a lot fast, but no faster than any other Christmas story. It also isn’t an undying love declaration; it is a heat of the moment declaration that the MC is not so sure he meant to say. To me it is more of an “oh shit what did I just do?” moment than an “OMG, I cannot live without you even though I met you four days ago!” moment. Also, they do not end by riding off into the sunset, they end with the beginning.
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If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I have a wee bit of an obsession with Fessenden’s writing. The reason is that it feels authentic. It feels right. He can make me believe a 4 day whirlwind romance. He can make me pull for a Happily Ever After for two characters that maybe don’t “belong” together on the outside.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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