December Holiday Reviews 2012 – One A Day – #6

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 this month, we will showcase reviews for a range of holiday-themed books right here. One a day, and since the books on the web site are all from this year, we’ll give books from previous years some extra attention here on the blog. I hope you will join us in having a look at the “Golden Oldies”!

This is a wonderful novella, reviewed by Serena, who thought it was an amazing story, written in an almost poetic style. You can also find it on the Rainbow Book Reviews site by clicking here.


Book Blurb

Alex has always known his bipolar disorder made him too flawed for his boyhood hero, Everett. So when his feelings for Everett became overwhelming, he forced a separation that saddened them both but gave Alex the clarity he needed. Now a year has passed, and he and Everett are together again when Everett’s noisy, imperfect family reunites for Christmas, pulling Alex into their chaotic warmth the way they always have. Can Everett convince Alex that, in spite of his fears, starting a relationship would make for the perfect holiday?

Book Review

This is a pretty amazing story about yearning, and wanting and loving from afar until the time finally seems right for need to change into action. Written in an almost poetic style, the story grabbed me within the first few pages and swept me along on a wave of emotion that left me breathless.

Alex, as the narrator, is the one who provides perspective on the history between him and Alex. It is an interesting point of view, since he struggled with being bipolar for years before figuring out how to manage it. He is way stronger than he thinks, because not to have given in to his love for Everett until he was certain it would not damage him, took admirable levels of self control. His need to be strong enough for Everett made him stay away for way too long, though, and the pain both of them have felt as they waited for the time to be right came through loud and clear and was totally heart wrenching.

Everett, as seen by Alex, has been determined to make Alex understand he loves him, and patient beyond measure. We don’t find out how many years it has been, but it sounds like a very long time indeed. Even though they are no longer separated, since they are home for Christmas, the distance between them is palpable and only diminishes gradually.

If you like stories with depth and meaning, lovers who long for each other yet cannot come together for some reason, and if you want to read a truly romantic tale, this story might be for you.

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

Buy the book here.

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