Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Ethan is the owner and creative director of a fashion house in California. As the holidays approach, he is trying to finish some projects before the end of the year and pursue new ventures for the new one to come. The last thing he needs is to attend his sister’s wedding vow renewal back home in Minnesota. However, his long term lover Toby has other ideas. Toby buys plane tickets for the both of them and insists that they have to go. Ethan complains that he has too much work to do but the fact that his sister just got married less than a year ago is another reason. Why should she basically get two weddings in a year when he cannot get his partner to marry him?
The root of the problem is that both Ethan and Toby have both stated that neither of them wan a wedding of their own from the beginning. But several years on, Ethan would like nothing more than to formally tie himself to Toby through matrimony. He fears that if he pushes too far then he might lose Toby forever. When they arrive in Minnesota, Ethan’s anxiety escalates as he is left alone to work on his fashions while Toby, Ethan’s parents and sister all work on last minute details for the vow renewal. Ethan barely sees his family all day and at night Toby seems distant. Ethan convinces himself that by the time the return to California or shortly thereafter, his relationship with Toby will come to an end. He now longer feels that Minnesota is his home but will he have a home with Toby in the long run? This is turning out to be a Bah Humbug of a Christmas for him.
Posy Roberts once again pens a tale that draws you in. Ethan‘s paranoia about his relationship with Toby is almost palpable. As I was reading, I knew that Ethan was probably blowing the situation out of proportion but isn’t that what most people who misinterpret a situation do? Ethan almost reaches the point where he sabotages his relationship all by himself. But of course this is a Christmas story so Ethan finally receives the gift he has been secretly wanting all along. The trip home to California won’t be as lonely as he thought it would be earlier in the week.
The cover art is by the author and has a man’s rear end covered in jeans with his hand behind him with his fingers crossed. I’m not sure how it relates to the story.
EBook, 39 pages
Edition Language: English
Published December 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
Series: Dreamspinner Advent Calendar 2016—Bah Humbug