Author: Bru Baker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
American Walsh Brandt is happy when a promotion lands him his dream job and a quiet new life in Germany. Until December rolls around, when he realizes it’s almost impossible to hide from the holiday season in Germany.
Dierck Reiniger is fascinated by Walsh’s hatred of Christmas and makes it his personal mission to help Walsh enjoy Weihnachten and the German traditions he grew up with. Walsh has a great time getting to know Dierck—but he still isn’t sold on Christmas, despite Dierck’s efforts. Dierck’s on the rebound, and he’s determined to develop their physical relationship slowly, much to Walsh’s frustration. It isn’t until they’re alone in a secluded cabin—hiding from the traditional trappings—that Walsh finally recognizes what the magic of the season can bring when spent with someone special.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package “Celebrate!”
Bru Baker brings to life the wonder and magic of Christmastime in Germany in this sweet m/m holiday novella. The descriptions of the local flavors and traditions of Weihnachten in Mannheim are vibrant and captivating and provide a perfect backdrop for this tale of holiday romance between the Scrooge-like Walsh and fun-loving native Dierck. Opportunities to learn about the various customs of the German people abound with rich and lively details as the relationship between Walsh and Dierck slowly unfolds.
The two main characters are interesting opposites in their approach to the season, and they play well off of one another as Dierck tries to bring the spirit of Christmas in Germany into Walsh’s lonely existence. Although most of the development of their relationship plays out off-page, their interactions are cute and entertaining. The slow approach that Dierck takes in regards to moving forward with Walsh is adorable, and Walsh’s resulting vulnerability and uncertainty are endearing.
Overall, The Magic of Weihnachten is a delightful holiday read, glowing with the textures, essence, and romance of the season. I highly recommend it as an uplifting comfort read that embraces and celebrates the warmth and love of Christmas.
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