December Holiday Reviews 2012 – One A Day – #15

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

This is a “very cute story”, reviewed by Serena, who recommends it “if you like sweet stories, if you’re looking for something to make you think, and if you’re interested in understanding the nature of love a little better”. You can also find the full review on the Rainbow Book Reviews site by clicking here.


Book Blurb

Brandon wasn’t entirely comfortable about his relationship with Donnie, his simple-minded live-in lover for whom every Christmas is “the best Christmas ever”. What was a mature, independent person like himself doing sexually involved with a childish and mildly retarded man?

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title includes some elements of dubious consent.

Book Review

This is an amazing and very cute story about the nature of love. It made me smile, it made me think and it touched me deeply. The dedication says (in part): “For all those mismatched couples whose devotion is stronger than their differences.” And Brandon and Donnie are very different in some ways, but, clearly not in ways that count for them.

Brandon tells the story, in a way that makes it clear he is trying to figure out why he’d been with Donnie, who is rather simple-minded, for almost 13 years now. Following the events of how they met, how Brandon figured out that Donnie was somewhat retarded and how he struggled with whether that was even important to him, gave me a glimpse of their life together. The whole story is written in that format; little scenes that remind Brandon of one aspect of another of his relationship with Donnie. Ultimately, those moments are like puzzle pieces that give Brandon the answer he is looking for.

If you like sweet stories, if you’re looking for something to make you think, and if you’re interested in understanding the nature of love a little better, this will do all three for you. It is also a great Christmas story and a wonderfully warm read. I totally loved it!

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

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