RATING 4 out of 5 stars
Thirty-three-year-old technical writer Laurence Hart is a modern-day Scrooge when it comes to the holiday season—and the rest of the year, too. He doesn’t like most people, they don’t like him, and he’s happy to keep it that way. Over lunch with his best friend, he receives a fortune cookie promising him true love. The next day, forced to work on a holiday charity committee or lose his job, he meets Nick, a jolly ginger giant who loves all things Christmas. Together they face numerous obstacles to put together a holiday fair to raise money for children in foster care, in only four days. While Laurence has to mend his curmudgeonly ways to make the event a success, Nick’s holiday magic might mend Laurence’s heart.
New Christmas, new DSP Advent Calendar! I’m super happy to have the chance at reviewing all these stories this month. The first I read was The Fortune Cookie by Matt Burlingame and I have to say I was impressed. Considering it’s the author debut book, he did great, a truly well done Christmas short.
I liked the characters, Laurence was so fierce in his determination at hating Christmas, he made me laugh more than once, like each time he put all the decorations in the shredder. I loved I got to how he became who he is today and I adored how he changed in a better person, how the meeting with Nick brought Laurence to be a man who deserves a lovely boyfriend like only Nick can be.
I enjoyed the writing, it let the reading flow easily. Although The Fortune Cookie is a short, the plot is well developed, there are great characters and the ending was great. I feel to recommend it.
The cover art by L.C. Chase is cute and I can easily see Laurence and Nick in the models.
ebook, 49 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language English