Title: Snow Globe
Author: LE Franks
Narrator: Dave Gillies
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Kris Hamilton escaped the rat race in LA to live his dream of owning an art studio and making snow globes in a Christmas-themed town in northern Minnesota. But life in a tiny town isn’t as peaceful as advertised, and being treated like an outsider is making Kris’s Tourette’s flare up. When he inadvertently offends Tyr Tollefson—a beautiful blond giant of a man—Kris is ready to chuck it all. But he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Tyr’s cousin Bun, who shows them the magic of Christmas and gives them both a lesson in love and acceptance.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package “Heartwarming”.
My View – Story:
Sometimes reviews just come to me. Sometimes they are harder to pull from my brain. I guess it is like any writing, really. For me, Snow Globe by LE Franks falls firmly in the latter camp. This review doesn’t want to be written. As I stare at a semi-blank sheet of paper, I reflect on the elements of the story.
First we have Kris. He is a somewhat famous artist who has moved to find solace. He deals with a mind that doesn’t work they way everyone else’s does. I think Franks does an admirable job in portraying the anguish and embarrassment that a person suffering from Tourette’s goes through just to live their life and communicate.
Next we have Tyr, the young man who has moved home to care for his aging uncle and developmentally disabled cousin. Unfortunately for Kris, Tyr’s first impression of Kris is not a positive one, thanks to the Tourette’s, and he ostracizes him.
Then we have Bun. She is Tyr’s cousin and the glue that make this whole thing work. She is innocent with a beautiful soul. She bonds with Kris and through that bond Tyr comes to know the real Kris. Until one day when life gets too hard, and Tyr turns his back on Kris as everyone else has done in his life. However between Bun and the power of Christmas, Kris just may get the man and family he wants.
My heart aches for Kris from the outset. He is alone in the world, and thanks to his disorder, no one wants to get close him. Even the town he has moved to for solitude turns their back on him and tries their best to run him out of town. I was never clear on whether that was because of the gay thing or the Tourette’s, or both.
There are a few points I that were glossed over in favor of moving the story forward. In the end, however, I enjoyed this little tale of love, acceptance, and family.
My View – Narration:
What was up with the accent? It had nothing to do with either main character and just seemed wrong for the setting of the story. However, beyond that minor annoyance, the narrator, Dave Gillies, did an admirable job. I think he portrayed the struggles of Kris quite well.
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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