Title: The Christmas Throwaway
Author: R.J. Scott
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Christmas is a time for giving – what do you do when no one gives a damn?
For Zachary Weston Christmas means sleeping on a churchyard bench in the freezing snow with nothing better in his future. Thrown out of his home for being gay, he is left without money or, it seems, anywhere to go.
Until a stranger shows him that some people do give a lot more than a damn.
Ben Hamilton is a rookie cop in his small home town. He finds a young throwaway, fresh from the city, sleeping on a bench in the churchyard on a snowy Christmas Eve. Can he be the one to give Zachary his own Christmas miracle?
My View – Story:
This was a darker Christmas story than those I have been reading. It touches on some serious issues such as gay reparative therapy, physical abuse, murder, and being thrown away for being gay. Zach has had a hard life, and as such his Christmas healing story takes longer than a few weeks. It takes more than a few kind actions and a hot guy to fix what has been broken. I like that the author did not use sex to magically make everything OK. That Zach’s healing took years before he and Ben could finally get their happy ending.
I enjoyed listening to this story. While it was darker than most, it was still a feel good holiday story that left me happy at the end. It was full of acceptance and love. There was great character growth and development. For such a short tale, it was well rounded and fulfilling.
I love this time of year, and this story helped me enjoy it a bit more.
My View – Narration:
Sean Crisden did a good job with this narration. The voices were easy to follow and he did a great job portraying emotions and actions. Sometimes, I felt he made Zach sound a bit too young and childish, but overall, I enjoyed his reading.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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