The Healing Power of Eggnog
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Title: The Healing Power of Eggnog
Author: Jamie Fessenden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 89 pages
Blurb: Will Sutherland hasn’t been home to see his parents in four years—not since they reacted badly when he came out. This Christmas, he’s finally worked up the courage to go home, where he’s surprised to find they’ve taken in a boarder. Ryan Bennett is just a couple years younger than Will, cute, sweet… and openly gay.
As Will deals with his jealousy of the man who’s been receiving the love and acceptance he was denied, Ryan finds himself falling for Will’s brooding good looks. But Ryan also suspects the Sutherlands may be using him as a pawn in their long-standing conflict with their son. Will this Christmas finally tear the family apart, or is there a chance they can put their hurt and anger behind them?
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package “Heartwarming”.
Beans: This was a good story of how a family tries to find peace after it is shattered. My heart broke for the strained relationship between Will and his parents. I was incredibly impressed that Will humbled himself and tried to reconcile. It was a hard road, and he had to find a way to heal.
Ryan never looked at the prodigal son as worth his parents’ affection. I liked that he had such a good view of his landlords. To him they were like family. There is tension and a severe lack of good communication in this story, and that tends to drive me bananas, but it was okay.
The sexual tension between Will and Ryan was interesting and I felt held more depth than most insta-lust-maybe-more tropes. It was a good story over all.
Nina: What happens after the parents screw up at the coming out? Where do they go from there when no one is evil or cruel, simply confused and misinformed about homosexuality and where it fits into their faith? What does the family do then? Where do you start to heal and reconnect? Are there things that cannot be forgiven or can time, change, love and hope truly heal all wounds?
Ryan was so sweet and innocent. He was completely unaware of the issues within the family that has taken him in. I was right with Will, falling for Ryan and knowing that these two had something special between them.
Will was strong and had stayed true to himself. He missed his parents and the close relationship that they’d once shared. I appreciated how he was willing to take the chance and go home once again. That he was willing to see past his pain and resentment and find the truth.
Posted on December 24, 2013, in Beans, Nina and tagged a haunting past, Acceptance, Advent Calendar, Author, B List, Beans, College Student, Coming Out, coming-of-age, DSP, Family, Family Rejection, First Love, First Time, Friends to Lovers, Healing, Heartwarming, Homophobia, Love, Mending Bridges, New Love, Nina, Reconciliation, Reconnecting, Rejection, Religion, romance. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.