Thursday, December 5, 2019

New Release Review: Christmas Ghosts by Jenn Moffatt #Review #Giveaway




Title: Christmas Ghosts 
Author: Jenn Moffatt 
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: December 1, 2019
Length: 44 pages

Reviewed by Michael

Synopsis

Dealing with the unexpected loss of his mother isn’t how carpenter Steve Browning planned to spend his Christmas. Hoping her costume jewelry can bring some happiness to others, he takes it to the local community theater, where he runs into his first love, Troy Baxter.

Troy’s trying to help his sister put on a gender-fluid version of A Christmas Carol, but no one on the cast or crew knows which end of a hammer to hold let alone use a power tool. Then a face from the past brings a present-day miracle… one that could lead to the happy future they both thought they gave up back in high school.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar "Homemade for the Holidays."






Review

I’m not sure what’s going on, but this is the second book I’ve read in as many weeks that starts with a deceased relative.  With that said, neither was a particularly sad read.  I just find it ironic.

I can’t imagine having to deal with something like losing a loved one to cancer during the holidays.  The good thing (if you can call anything about this situation “good”) is that Steve doesn’t have to go through it alone.  His younger brother, Pete, has come home from college to help go through their mother’s things.  Some of those items end up being donated to a local theater company run by his ex Troy and Troy’s twin sister Camille.

Steve and the twins haven’t seen each other in awhile, and while I don’t remember it being clearly stated, I think it had to with Steve’s decision to focus on his family and Troy going into the military.  They simply away from each other.  Life has a tendency to get in the way, sometimes.  We drift away from the people that mean the most, sometimes unintentionally.  This is about finding what you thought once lost.

It’s clear, however, that the feelings they once had for each other are still there.  It’s almost as if no time passed for Steve and Troy at all.  Which was refreshing, particularly in a holiday story.  You don’t want anything too angsty.  At least I don’t.  I prefer my holiday stories to be sweet.  And this one definitely is.







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