Author: Joe Cosentino
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 11/18/2016
Length: 01 hours 46 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Winter Holiday
Bobby McGrath’s Christmas trip to the beautiful Italian island of Capri to meet his eccentric extended family offers stunning views—none more stunning than his third cousin, Paolo Mascobello, a real stocking stuffer. As the two young men embark on a relationship, Bobby, a driven law student, learns to relax and bask under the old Italian moon, and Paolo realizes there’s more to life than a frolic on the beach. For the two to find everlasting amore, Paulo must overcome his fear of commitment and learn to follow his dreams, and Bobby must get his wish for happily ever after.
I first reviewed A Home for the Holidays during the 2015 holiday season. You can see a reproduction of my review here.
If you are looking for a sweet tale of love during the holidays, look no futher than A Home for the Holidays by Joe Cosentino.
While Bobby and Paolo’s journey to love is quite quick, it is fun to watch. Paolo has to struggle with himself more than anything else. For someone who spends the time telling Bobby how much more open Italians are to love, he is awfully closed off to it. He has to battle his own demons before he can fully embrace his relationship with Bobby.
I am not sure they are in for a happily ever after, but they are both in for giving a shot. I would love to know how they make out in the end.
There is an element of predictability to this story, especially toward the end. It is this predictability that prevents me from giving a higher rating.
What makes this version of A Home for the Holidays stand out is the narration. I was, as usual, concerned about the how this story would be brought to life. We have a very American MC thrown into a very Italian family… in Italy. The narrator was in for a challenge making everyone Bobby met along the way believable.
I think that Joel Leslie did an admirable job with all the characters. Most importantly, he made me believe both Bobby and Paolo as authentic and true to themselves. There were times where I thought Bobby sounds a bit more posh than the Bobby I had in my head, but overall the effect was enjoyable.
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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