Gaudete by Amy Rae Durreson ~ Book Review by Lirtle

This one sort of snuck on me. Yup, a sweet, bittersweet and ultimately hope-filled Xmas story snuck up on me. Here’s how…

Gaudete cover 1 Title: Gaudete

Author: Amy Rae Durreson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars


Every Christmas, child chorister Jonah Lennox used to meet Callum Noakes at Aylminster cathedral when Callum’s mother came to sell roasted chestnuts at the market. After years of friendship, an argument separates them, apparently forever. Putting away the memories of his lost friend, Jonah left the cathedral and moved on with his life.

When Jonah returns to the cathedral after ten years away, the market in the cathedral brings back memories—and Callum, who has made a life for himself as a woodturner. Upon meeting again, attraction pulls them together, and the holiday may inspire their old friendship to mature into new romance.

Lirtle’s View:

The story of Jonah and Callum is told from both present time and different Christmas holidays when they were kids, alternating between the two. The threads connecting the past and present work to tell us about these guys, and why they probably belong together for eternity. It’s just taking them a weeeeeee bet longer to get there than either of them probably ever anticipated.

These time jumps back to their childhoods don’t necessarily read like flashbacks. They’re told from their points of view as kids, with their kid voices. It’s cool to see an author move twixt those kiddie voices and the mid-twenty adult voices so deftly. The first few trips back in time seem innocent enough, but each time we are taken there, we learn more and more about them both and the challenges they faced. It made me wish more and more that they’d make it and spend their lives together as adults.

There were a few scenes where things felt rushed but nothing really felt unresolved when I finished reading.

This story quietly curled around me like a warm hug. Gentle. Subtle. Durreson’s writing is detailed and emotional without being overwrought. There be humor and bumbling and giddiness and kissing.

Watch out for this one, it’ll latch on and not let you go. Definitely a Xmas story I recommend when you’re looking for something sweet with a bit of spice. 😉

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
iTunes / iBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

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