Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Five years ago, Neno Kovač fled California, graduate school, and his lover, Toby Cowan, to return to his native Croatia. Since then, he’s led a quiet life as a librarian—until one November afternoon when Toby, who has never stopped loving Neno, shows up in Zagreb. When he left the United States, Neno wasn’t ready to give up his home and family to take a chance on a long-distance relationship. But Saint Martin’s Day has arrived, the day pressed grapes turn to wine and autumn turns to winter. Perhaps it will be a day when other changes are possible as well.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package “Celebrate!”
Despite its length, Kim Fielding manages to create a lovely, touching backstory in this tender romance about two young men who have been separated from one another for five years.
The sights, smells, and textures of Zagreb come to life in Ms. Fielding’s rich description of the city and the celebration that is Saint Martin’s Day. It is a treat to get a small sample of the local flavors and people within the context of this sweet story, and I love the idea of this particular holiday celebration and its traditions. The characters of Neno and Toby are fully drawn, likable, and charming, and Toby’s fervency to convince Neno to return to California is heartfelt and moving. Neno has a passionate devotion to his family is conflicted about leaving the comforts of his home country again, and I wish there were more of his family and this internal conflict in his struggle to decide if this type of change is the best decision.
I truly enjoyed this little daydream-length story and recommend it not only for a great holiday read, but also as a wonderful, quick escape at any time of the year.
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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