Author: John Amory
Publisher: JMS Books
Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/05/2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Winter Holiday
Workaholic Logan rests only one day of the year: Christmas Day, and then only because when he tried to open his coffee shop on that day once and no one showed up. Ever since his parents died on Christmas Eve over ten years ago, Logan keeps busy to keep his feelings at bay and keep people at a distance, even going so far as to ignore his younger brother’s invitation to spend the holiday together.
But a car accident and a Christmas Eve encounter with a mysterious stranger named Michael, which may or may not be a dream, will change the way Logan sees his past, his present, and his future.
Immediately, I was emotionally pulled into this story. John Amory told me a lot about Logan without making it obvious. I already felt a connection. It didn’t hurt that Logan was driving in crap weather near the Penn/NJ border. Been there, buddy, been there. Frosty windshields are the worst.
Logan looked outside. His last memory was of snowfall, but the ground was covered only in frost. The lawn glittered in the moonlight as if it were blanketed in stars.
I’ll just tell you, this is an emotional read. It might have simply been the day I read this? Oh screw it, that’s not even the case. I wasn’t sure I could go through with reading this when I realized the set-up. But I wanted to. So I did.
I barely made it.
And chocolate chip cookies.
Before too many tears stain my notebook and cause the ink of my notes to smear and smudge, let me tell you about Amory’s writing. It has an easy, uncomplicated, and sophisticated style, the cadence flowing along naturally. It’s easily modern without trying too hard, it’s casual but with purpose. He made it very easy for me to feel invited into this story.
wipes tears and smudges away with equal mock disgust
If this is typical for him and his storytelling, I’m in.
The ending felt a little rushed but I forgave that because the emotion maintains, shining through. Sometimes things can turn on a dime, even when it feels like everything else around you is inching backwards.
I recommend this story, even for as difficult a read it was.
I’m off to see what else John Amory has written to share with us.
Damn. The ink’s smudged after all. sniffs
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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