December Holiday Reviews 2012 – One A Day – #1

To get everyone into the mood for celebrating winter, the final month of the year, or any of the many religious and non-religious festivals that will occur in the next 31 days, we will showcase reviews for a range of holiday-themed books right here. One a day, and they will be a mix of “golden oldies” as well as the newer publications of this year. I hope you will join us in having a look at these books!

To start us off, here is a review by Sally, who read Giselle Renarde’s “Nobody Gets Lucky” last year, and was thoroughly charmed. You can also find it on the Rainbow Book Reviews site by clicking here.

Book Blurb

When Justine brings Lucky home for Christmas, the family isn’t shy in expressing their dislike of the quirky, single mother. Even Grandma’s taking pot shots at Lucky all through dinner! Sure, Lucky’s tattoos and tight clothes make her an easy target in Mother’s prim and proper dining room, but there’s so much the family doesn’t understand about the woman Justine loves. When they do find out more about Lucky’s past, will they be willing to accept her at all, or will they be able to embrace Justine’s new love?

Book Review

Nobody Gets Lucky is a rather clever title for this rather brief tale, referring not to any sort of romantic or erotic satisfaction, but to the fact that Justine’s family simply do not ‘get’ the young woman she has brought to dinner. With a page count in the single digits this, is more a scene than a story, but it still manages to pack an emotional wallop.

Justine is an average, ordinary, slightly-put-upon young woman returning home for the holidays. As the scene progresses, we discover she has recently come off a long-term relationship with a young woman her family liked enough to ignore their shared same-sex orientation, and it’s clear there are some lingering wounds there. With a new girlfriend who is the polar opposite of the absent Erica (and who brings with her some very obvious baggage), Justine is backed into a corner and forced to fight not only to regain her family’s respect, but to sell them on her sexual orientation all over again.

Remarkably, for a character who doesn’t speak a word beyond the first few paragraphs, and who gracefully exits the scene after the first page, Lucky has a powerful presence that permeates the entire story. While Justine’s family only sees a scantily-clad young mother who is all too easily dismissed as trash, Lucky immediately endears herself to the reader with her polite, confident demeanour, and her deliberate obliviousness. It is through Justine that we learn about her tragic past, her incredible courage, and her capacity for love.

In the end, this is a story about finding love, discovering your purpose, and being brave enough to stand up for both. Although laced with sadness and tragedy, the ultimate happily-ever-after moment works on two levels, satisfyingly tying up loose ends and bringing the story to a close.

DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. This book has been provided by Untreed Reads for the purpose of a review.

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