Book: Cursed Miracles
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar~ Bah Humbug
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: December 1, 2016
Length: 48 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Two hundred years ago on Christmas Eve, William Mashinter was frozen in time, cursed by his wife to roam the world on his own, waiting for the love of his life to find him. The love of his life, whom she killed. Time hasn’t healed this wound, and William is tired of the happy holiday and the constant reminders of a love that’s been taken from him. But then the impossible happens, and maybe… maybe he can get a new Christmas perspective.
Brady Gallagher has lived three different lives, always aware of the first and most important, yet unable to find the man who will fill in the missing pieces and let him know he’s not crazy. He encounters him at a work event, of all places, but is he willing to throw everything else to the wind and embrace the miracle laid out before him?
This story is part of the DSP advent calendar and for a short story is was a hit in my book.
A curse by a bitter wife changes the course of these two men’s lives. William and Brady are lovers in a time that being gay is a crime. After ten years together, in secret, William is forced to get married. He does what every guy of the society does...he has a mistress but in his case it’s Brady. But enough is enough William cannot take the lying and deceit. They plan to run away together until William’s wife, a witch, catches them.
William was cursed to live as an immortal without his soul and heart by his side. Brady was cursed to keep returning life after life with full memory of who he once was, but never finding his beloved William. Going through his life for the last 200 years without his soul mate in Brady is not an easy thing to do and William just wants it to be over. One glimpse too many has William doubting anytime he thinks he sees someone that might resemble his love Brady.
Although a short story it packs a punch in detail and emotion. It was definitely more developed than I thought a short story could be. You can hear William’s heartbreak in every thought he has. It just makes you ache for him and what it must feel like to live that long never knowing when it will ever end, if he will ever find his Brady again, be able to touch him and love him again. The run after 200 years was sweet and adorable!
I can say that by the end I was happy and satisfied with what the author delivered in a small package!
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