Author: Meg Harding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Max moved away from his family to be with Michael, and his family never got over it. Now, for the first time in almost a decade, he’s going to return to London for the Christmas celebrations. He’s confident his family will welcome Michael with open, loving arms. At least that’s what he tells himself.
Michael doesn’t have his head buried in the sand. He knows he has a lot to prove this Christmas, and he’s not sure if he’s up to the task. All these years and he’d never considered having to spend a holiday with Max’s family. Now that it’s happening he’s not scared to admit it—he’s terrified.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package “Celebrate!”.
I give this short story four stars because it’s all about family. Family at Christmas. A family who doesn’t seem to like Max’s lover, Michael. We’ve all been there. Adjusting to a boyfriend /partner /husband’s family is a big deal, and it can take time. But since Max’s family live in England, they’ve never had the time to get to know their son’s Canadian boyfriend.
What’s so charming about this tale is that it’s not about being gay, it’s about being good enough for your in-laws. PDAs, or even the spectacle of the title (not family friendly, that’s for sure!) are not the issue. Michael has to prove himself worthy to thaw the chilly British reserve that has kept him distanced from Max’s mom and dad. Families are not forged without effort, and Meg Harding’s sweet Christmas tale reminds us that understanding is a two way street.
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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