A Melanie Advent Calendar Review Day 13: Guardian Angels (2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug) by Geneva Vand

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

guardian-angelOne snowy evening, a car wreck in front of his toy store triggers terrible memories for Jake. Suddenly, he is in the midst of another winter storm—and another accident, one that not everyone walked away from. When he returns to the present, Jake is on the ground, being watched over by a guardian angel in the form of a kind man named Eli. Eli is no stranger to panic attacks and PTSD, and he’s happy to help Jake get home—where the weather forces him to remain for the night. For Jake, it could be the first step toward a life free from fear and loneliness.

Geneva Vand has written a heartwarming story of pain and loss turned into recovery and love at holidays.  Its a story that by all accounts should be much larger than its 36 pages because it feels like a novel.  Its characters have dimension, their pasts and its angst is believable as is its accompanying pain.

Jake’s PTSD is triggered by a car crash in front of his toy store.  Vand makes us feel every terrifying moment for Jake and we hurt for him.  Our connection to this character is immediate.

The stranger who realizes what is happening to Jake and takes care of him is Eli, someone who Jake soon starts to regard as his “guardian angel”.  As these two men form a relationship, letting barriers fall, and revealing their pasts full of loss and pain, we can see hope for them both and a possible future unfold.  What a joy!

Looking for a heartwarming story to read for the holidays?  Look no further than Guardian Angels by Geneva Vand.  Beautifully written, and full of hope and romance, the wonderful emotions that carry you through to the end that will leave you smiling for hours.

Cover by Paul Richmond is the brand cover for the series.  Still wonderful.

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Book Details:

ebook, 36 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1635331757 (ISBN13: 9781635331752)
Edition LanguageEnglish
Series2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug

A MelanieM Advent Story Review: Four Alternative Christmas Presents by Tam MacNeil

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Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5

Sleigh Ride Advent StoryIt’s Christmas Eve, and newly minted superhero Matt AKA “Strong Man” is in the middle of taking down one of Central City’s most notorious criminals, the mesmerist and villain Dr. Destructo. It’s Matt’s first mission, and he’s working with his idol and secret crush, Jake X-Ray. He doesn’t want anything to go wrong.

Unfortunately for him, everything goes wrong. Soon Matt finds himself racing through alternative presents, trying to capture Dr. Destructo and trying to figure out why all the Matts in these other scenarios have the one thing he really wants—a relationship with Jake.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.

If you are a fan of super heroes and romance, this story was written for you.  Superhero Matt has just come into his super powers but is having a hard time finding acceptance among the other super heroes, especially the one he secretly adores, Jake X-Ray.  Then his first mission with Jake goes wrong and they find themselves chasing the villain through multiple alternative universes.  In each one that Matt has found the acceptance this Matt desires and love with Jake!

Why can’t Matt find it for himself in his universe?

I think the story was cute, a little disjointed and missing important world building elements.  If you love superheroes, you might find the story cute enough that you won’t care.  But if you aren’t a fan, then the issues might irritate you enough to make you want to put it down.  It had a lot of promise with the plot that I just didn’t think the author was able to deliver.

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Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 24 pages
Published November 30th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ASIN B018RRVX2Q