Author: Amy Rae Durreson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: A List
Blurb: Every Christmas, child chorister Jonah Lennox used to meet Callum Noakes at Aylminster cathedral when Callum’s mother came to sell roasted chestnuts at the market. After years of friendship, an argument separates them, apparently forever. Putting away the memories of his lost friend, Jonah left the cathedral and moved on with his life.
When Jonah returns to the cathedral after ten years away, the market in the cathedral brings back memories—and Callum, who has made a life for himself as a woodturner. Upon meeting again, attraction pulls them together, and the holiday may inspire their old friendship to mature into new romance.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package “Heartwarming”.
Beans: A breathtaking story of love, purpose, a lost faith and a found love. Again my heart broke with this young man who had lost his faith because the church could not accept him. This story was more than that. It was the story of two boys, an unlikely duo. They become fast friends, supporters, and confidants. They learn love for the first time with each other and then discover it a new as adults.
The setting of the story is stunning and we get a glimpse into another world. One of song and art and beauty. The author does a beautiful job of illustrating a renewed friendship and a future for both of them.
Nina: I really enjoyed this one. The flashes back and forth from their childhood to present day were clearly marked and helped me to understand how very much they meant to each other. I adored their relationship through the years and everything that they were for the other, everyone should have such a wonderful friend. I quickly came to realize that these guys were meant to be together and was so very glad that they had found one another again.
I loved the dynamic between them both as boys and as men. They were both so sweet and open, it was wonderful that they didn’t hide or try to be anything other than themselves. The complete acceptance and appreciation of each other was a delight. A great little slice of holiday romance and forever love.