Author: George Seaton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/01/2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
After Sam returns home from two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, he moves to the Colorado mountains, where he hopes to begin a new life with his husband, Michael. Sam becomes the sheriff of sparsely populated Pine County, while Michael opens a curio shop for tourists where he sells his art. When Sam and his deputy attempt to rescue a body from a dangerously fragile mountainside snowpack, Sam’s perception of the world, his husband, and the veracity of truths whispered in old winds, are called into question.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”. (less)
Firstly, this is not your standard Christmas romance fare. You will not find angels, or cute elves here. You won’t find misunderstandings, road trips, cosy open fires, Christmas carols, or anyone snowed in at a cabin.
Sam, having served in Iraq, has opted for a simpler life with his partner Michael. Sam is now the sheriff in a small town and he’s taken one of his deputies with him to investigate the sighting of a dead body in the snow. Disaster strikes, and Sam and his deputy are trapped in a potentially life-threatening situation. That’s the bare bones, however they are many threads in this deftly told story of love and belief and legends.
The story opens with Sam recounting an incident that occurred during his tour of duty, that may, or may not, have involved skinwalkers. I enjoyed the elements of Native American folklore that were introduced, and I hope folklore is the right way to describe it, sincere apologies if it is not. I’m an Aussie, so not quite sure if I should describe the skinwalkers as part of folklore or religion.
I loved the obvious tenderness Sam feels for Michael, and the glimpses of their relationship that the reader gets to see. I would have loved to have seen this part of the story expanded because of the clear connection between Michael and Sam.
I sat cross-legged in front of Michael and concluded that any happiness I’d ever sought in this world was at hand. I knew this simple moment would reside forever in that place in my mind where such precious things are stored for later retrieval, for the times when they’re needed the most.
It’s hard to go into much detail about the plot without spoiling this wintry tale, however if you’re looking for a well-crafted story, with love and mystical elements intertwined I can heartily recommend this one.
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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