- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Riptide Publishing (November 28, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626495246
- ISBN-13: 978-1626495241
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,191,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Glass Tidings Paperback – November 28, 2016
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Top Customer Reviews
Grayson Croft is slowly petrifying in his huge, old house. Alone, taciturn, and surrounded by memories and artifacts left behind (by his family, and by the feckless lover who left), Gray is sleepwalking through his own life, stoically running his Christmas shop year after year.
Eddie Rodrigues can't stay still, running from Renaissance Fair to fair, making endless numbers of beautiful glass trinkets to avoid settling down. Because the moment something becomes important to you, it can be taken away- better you never get attached in the first place.
It takes just a little enforced co-habitation for each to realize that their old ways no longer really suit them. That they compliment each other in ways each never knew that they needed. They find out that instead of either never leaving or always running, that together they can plan a life's journey.
I'll certainly be rereading Glass Tiding during the holiday season. It's like a delicious cup of peppermint cocoa- just perfect and always welcome!
Eddie Rodrigues is a drifter, a man who makes his way from the north to the south and back again every year at the whim of the weather. A glass artist, he creates wares to sell at renaissance fairs and gets by on a survival basis. When his last relationship, which he thought might tide him over for Christmas doesn’t pan out, he’s on his way down to Texas when the car he ‘borrowed’ dies, and in backtracking to the small town he’s just passed, he witnesses a hit and run. Shocked and unsure what to do, the decision is made for him when the local police officer passes him off to stay with her friend Grayson while she investigates. Eddie plans to stay as short a time as possible, anxious to get down south and resume his regular life. But he and Grayson find something in each other that strikes a chord, and soon Eddie’s plans to leave before the Christmas holiday get put on hold. Will a man who never stays in one place long enough to build a relationship find the home he’s been seeking?
What interesting characters! They are such opposites and yet both looking for something that they soon discover the other is able to provide. It’s a wary friendship at first, and Eddie isn’t used to trusting anyone so it takes him a while to be comfortable around Grayson. Plus he’s used to having to repay favors with other ‘favors’, a notion that definitely puts any sexual attraction between them on the back burner for a little while as they gain their senses of self around each other. Gradually they build the trust they need to be comfortable with more, even knowing that whatever they have now will be gone when the holidays are over and Eddie leaves for good. They share some sexy love scenes, but more importantly the emotional connection they build is sweet and satisfying. I loved that Grayson found a way to incorporate Eddie’s artistic talents into his store while Eddie was able to return the favor and bring some of what Grayson loves about the Christmas season back into his home again. It would be too simple to say that they’ll have a happy ever after – it will take work and communication and trust to go the distance. But we’re left with the feeling that this couple will make every effort to do just that. It’s a lovely story.
There was something about the writing, that I am not sure I liked. I can't put my finger on it. Maybe it was just a different style than I am used to. I do wish there had been more dialogue between the characters; those were the best parts