Author: Chris Scully
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 67 pages
Blurb: Christmas is a time for peace, love, and goodwill toward mankind. Not! More like cheating exes and absentee friends. For Emmett Byrd, spending the holiday season with his old college friend Terry in San Diego is supposed to be about mending his broken heart. But when Terry deserts him at the last minute, leaving Emmett alone in his condo for Christmas, it’s just the icing on the cake of a crappy year full of betrayal and lost love. The only Christmas spirit this Scrooge is feeling is the alcoholic kind. Then a slightly kooky, unsophisticated farm boy named Sky knocks on the door looking for Terry, and a case of mistaken identity reawakens Emmett’s hope in happily ever after.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package “Heartwarming”.
Beans: Loved it. Poor Emmett has had a rough stretch and is lonely. All he wants is to wallow with his sort-of-friend but is abandoned and left in an unfamiliar city, all alone. He does what any reasonable adult in that situation does and gets ripping drunk. He is perfect and scarred. You are able to empathize with him and his frustration.
But then…enter Sky.
He is beautiful inside and out! He sees Emmett and does what he can to help a fellow lonely man. By just being a friend.
The best part is the ending…I felt I was given gold to read. It was well done!
Nina: Unexpectedly delightful. Sky is beautiful and Emmet blossoms under his attention. This demands another story so we can see where our boys end up.
Emmett is struggling with this holiday and seems to plan to drink his way through it. He has allowed himself to become jaded and bitter. The sweet and caring man is still inside there, hidden under betrayal and loss, and Sky manages to find him.
Sky is gorgeous, inside and out. I enjoyed every moment with this wonderful farm boy who sees past the catty facade and keeps on forgiving Emmet and making him laugh and remember what he loves about life.
The ending is marvelous and full of hope and possibility. I will be looking for more from this author.