Author: Jane Darius
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Nick, a bartender, and Ben, a hotel reviewer, have been together two years. Though he hates the paperwork involved, Nick agrees to accompany Ben to a beautiful lodge on the Mozambican side of Lake Malawi. Over a bottle of wine, they trade Christmas horror stories from their pasts. But memories of hurt and loss only serve to remind them how lucky they are to have found each other. It might be time to try out the showerhead built into the tree outside….
The blurb really tells most of the story: Ben and Nick share a bottle of wine and play at outdoing each other with stories about who’s had the most awful Christmas experience in the past. The tales they trade serve to build some background for either of them, enough to give both characters a little bit of depth and personality. They were two likable guys in an obviously loving relationship, sharing an intimate evening that ends under a quite peculiar kind of Christmas tree.
It’s something of a snapshot from an established couple’s life, taking place over the course of one Christmas Eve night spent on vacation in a wonderful resort in Mozambique. For such a short story, I found the setting very well-drawn; and that was cleverly done through Ben the hotel-reviewer’s eyes so it didn’t feel pushy despite all the details. I like the feeling of place this story gave me, and I found the main characters compelling enough I wouldn’t mind reading a longer piece about them.
All in all, this was a sweet, pleasant read; a nice little Advent season snack. Recommended.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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