Author: T.J. Masters
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexandra Corza
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/22/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Winter Holiday
Widower Steven drives to the North of England two days before Christmas to meet his estranged son Andrew hoping for a reconciliation. Steven had rejected his son when, as a 19 year old student, he came out to his parents as being gay. Andrew now lives with his partner Peter who initiates contact with Steven by forwarding on to him the almost childlike ‘Letter to Santa’ that the lad has written asking for a father who loves him.
At first Andrew is hostile to his father’s overtures but the bad weather conspires to strand them all together over the Christmas period. Father and son both experience a steep learning curve, not helped by the father realising that his son’s lover is actually older than he is. Proximity breaks down barriers and the three men work together in the spirit of cooperation and of the season to create a Christmas experience which will change their lives for ever.
I freely admit that I am not the biggest fan of Christmas stories which may have led to my dislike of this story.
The story centers around Steven, a widower, and his estranged son, Andrew. Steven shows up on Andrew’s doorstep just before Christmas hoping for a reconciliation.
I had several issues with the story including the fact that Andrew goes from not wanting to talk to his father to visiting him very quickly. That didn’t make sense to me. His change of heart didn’t feel realistic to me.
There was some stilted dialogue that seemed rather formal.
“Sit down, my love and just let him speak. I will go and leave you to talk.”
There was also an overuse of the epitaph ‘son’ sometimes repeated several times in the space of just a couple sentences.
One odd scene had Steven recounting Andrew telling him about his life:
He was no virgin and even thought of himself as an accomplished lover, but that night Peter taught him things about lovemaking and about himself that were powerful enough even now to be disclosed by the raw emotion in his voice.
Is that really something even a grown man would share with his father?
There were too many unrealistic things in this story for me to enjoy it but if Christmas stories are your thing and you can overlook such things this might be perfect for you.
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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