Author: Chris Scully
Narrator: Michael Stellman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Christmas is a time for peace, love, and goodwill toward mankind. Not! More like cheating exes and absentee friends. For Emmett Byrd, spending the holiday season with his old college friend Terry in San Diego is supposed to be about mending his broken heart. But when Terry deserts him at the last minute, leaving Emmett alone in his condo for Christmas, it’s just the icing on the cake of a crappy year full of betrayal and lost love. The only Christmas spirit this Scrooge is feeling is the alcoholic kind. Then a slightly kooky, unsophisticated farm boy named Sky knocks on the door looking for Terry, and a case of mistaken identity reawakens Emmett’s hope in happily ever after.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package “Heartwarming”.
My View – Story:
This story was not what I was expecting. When I think of heartwarming stories, I think of a HEA or at least a HFN. This was neither. I would categorize this one more as a hopeful ending for the MCs but hopeful for them as individuals with a hint that they may be together again sometime in the far distant future. I am not sure how I feel about that.
I guess you could call this story heartwarming in the fact that Emmett is on his way to recovering from his past hurts and he is developing the capacity to love again. It was heartwarming in that Sky gives Emmett hope that there can be more to life than what Emmett has known so far. Sky is a bit naive and a dreamer and maybe that is exactly what Emmett needs in his life. Their story was cute and short, but it was not what I was hoping for in a Holiday story. I wanted a happy ending of some kind and this one left me feeling wanting. Maybe there is another story for these characters? Hmmm….I will research that, because I would totally read it.
My View – Narration:
The narrator did a good job. His voice was clear and it was easy to differentiate the various characters.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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