Book: Dear Santa, Dear Dad 2nd Edition
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: December 14, 2016
Length: 53 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Widower Steven drives to the North of England two days before Christmas to meet his estranged son Andrew hoping for a reconciliation. Steven had rejected his son when, as a 19 year old student, he came out to his parents as being gay. Andrew now lives with his partner Peter who initiates contact with Steven by forwarding on to him the almost childlike ‘Letter to Santa’ that the lad has written asking for a father who loves him.
At first Andrew is hostile to his father’s overtures but the bad weather conspires to strand them all together over the Christmas period. Father and son both experience a steep learning curve, not helped by the father realising that his son’s lover is actually older than he is. Proximity breaks down barriers and the three men work together in the spirit of cooperation and of the season to create a Christmas experience which will change their lives for ever.
This is one of those Christmas novellas that fills you with warmth. It’s like sugar cookie hugs and hot chocolate snuggles.
First off, the setting for this book was like every Thomas Kinkade painting I’ve ever seen at Christmas. The cottage with the homemade garland, fresh snow, perfect tree, from scratch baking. I just wanted to jump into the book and spend the holiday with Steven, Andrew, and Peter!
It starts with a letter to Santa from Andy. Peter, his lover, mails it to Andy’s dad and that’s where it takes off. I could have read many pages of this story.
I have to say, it was so interesting that the author chose to tell this story in Steven’s POV. Steven is the dad. I wasn’t expecting that and I don’t think this story would have been as perfect in any other’s POV.
It’s not a hot lusty story; this is a true Christmas story. A wonderful coming together of father and son. There’s happiness, forgiveness, warmth, and Christmasness!!! This is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit!!!!
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