Title: Tutus and Tinsel
A Half Moon Bay Holiday Story
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reece Notley
Release Date: December 21, 2018
Length: 79 pages
Reviewed by Erin
Zig Reid-Harris has everything an eleven-year-old girl could ever want: a great home, two fantastic fathers named Deacon Reid and Lang Harris, and all the books she could possible read.
When a school assignment about holiday traditions unexpectedly broadsides her, she discovers burying the past isn’t as easy as it looks, and the stark reality of her life before her adoption sinks in. Ashamed of the bleakness and poverty she came from, Zig struggles with the assignment until an epiphany strikes the whole family—it’s time to start their own traditions.
Zig and her fathers plunge into the insanity of holiday joy, exploring everything the season has to offer and learning how precious family truly is along the way.
Going back to Half Moon Bay is one of the best Christmas presents ever. Seeing Deacon, Lang, and Zig as they've settled into life makes it even better. Tutus and Tinsel is NOT a stand alone so if you haven't read the first two books of the series, I fear you will be a little lost and will miss a lot of what makes these characters so very special. That said, if you fell in love with the Reid-Harris's as much as I did then this sweet novella is truly like visiting old friends.
When Zig is given an assignment at Christmastime to write a report on her family traditions it sets the course for Deacon, Lang, Zig as well as West, Angel, and Roman to make new ones for their new family. I loved seeing their ideas come to fruition, especially since Rhys was nice enough to give us different points of view throughout this poignant story. It always amazes me how different the "voices" of Rhys's characters are, but by this point it really shouldn't because no one captures nuances and emotions quite like she does. Zig ... precious girl that she is ... learns that making new traditions in the midst of a family that isn't quite your typical family can be as special as those that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Tutus and Tinsel was sweet, nostalgic, and quite emotional at times as Zig and her two dads explore their different cultures and try to incorporate them into their family and make them theirs. While reading this, I couldn't help but reflect on the things my family and I have done and changed ... and kept the same over the years which made reading this story all the more personal. As with any Rhys Ford book, I cried a little a few times, but only from happiness and warmth because Deacon, Lang, and Zig are just so wonderful. If you're a fan of Rhys Ford (and really, who isn't?!) and love the Half Moon Bay series anywhere near as much as I do, I urge you to check out this book ASAP. It will leave you all warm and fuzzy and with the biggest smile on your face. What a gift Rhys has given us, and one that will last long after you read the last page.
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