Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The most wonderful time of the year is about to get even better.
On a cold, rainy December morning, Finn’s beloved Grampa, his best friend and rock, makes a friend outside their home who he invites for coffee. The last thing Finn expects is Nelson, a man with a painful past, who is beautiful and generous and turns Finn’s knees into jelly.
What starts out as a chance to get out of the rain, soon becomes more as Nelson helps Finn get ready for the Christmas market. They bond over coffee and fabric and Mariah Carey. Can handmade Christmas ornaments and an understanding heart give Nelson the love he’s been denied?
This seriously cute story focuses on Finn, a very happy man who lives with his beloved Grampa. He works at a craft store and makes crafts to sell, such as fabric ornaments and the felt mistletoe. When Grampa finds a cold young man looking for neighbors who moved, he of course invites Nelson in to warm up. When they find out Nelson was looking for the family who moved, it was a little heart breaking. “They…they are my parents and siblings.”
Finn and his grandparents have the best relationship. Gramma has passed away and Finn tries to make sure he is there for Grampa’s grief while Grampa does the same. They are the epitome of what family means. And Grampa’s pushes with Finn and Nelson were cute. Their coming out stories were so different – Finn just “…introduced my first boyfriend to him without earning him he was gonna mee a boy. He…they…just loved me.” Nelson’s was not happy. “My parents threw me out on my eighteenth birthday.” It’s so enraging to think how often this still happens.
I did feel I was missing a little bit – I wanted to know more about Nelson’s family and I missed the “tentative” communication with his sister. There is no sex on in the story, for those who look for that, but it was a cute holiday short with some very nice characters and a dollop of some Christmas spirit.
Cover design by Written Ink Designs shows Finn, his crazy curls under a beanie and wearing a giant smile with the felt mistletoe in the background. It really captured the way I envisioned Finn.
Published December 8th 2018 by JMS Books LLC