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A Home for the Holidays by [Cosentino, Joe]
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  • File Size: 1655 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (December 2, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 2, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018OHXKKW
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Christmas Italian style means lots of animated discussions, loads of great Mediterranean food, a beautiful island and the weather to go with it. Bobby experiences all of this and more when he goes to spend Christmas with his distant relatives in Capri. The one thing he didn’t bargain for was Paolo.

It never ceases to amaze me about how extended Italian families seem to be or more importantly how they ever manage to keep tabs on who is related to whom. Bobby goes to Capri to spend his time with his extended family, his grandmother being a second cousin three times removed from Paolo’s grandfather or something like that. Don’t ask me as to be honest I can’t now remember but it was heart warming to see no matter how distant the relation Bobby was accepted into the family as warmly as if it was his own direct family.

I liked the typical animated conversations around the family dining table, I could just imagine the whole noisy scenario. Typical Italian? I guess but I’m not an expert on this culture by a long shot. But it came across pretty authentic to me. Paolo is given the task to show Bobby around Capri while he is there. A job that he takes on with some reluctance but in this family the hierarchy is clear so once you have been tasked to do something there’s no getting out of it. At first I got the feeling that Paolo kind of resented Bobby being there but gradually something builds between them. Bobby finds Paolo irresistible and when they both find out they’re gay then Bobby starts to fall for Paolo all the more. My first reaction was a little cringe worthy however to think that they are related and now falling in love with each other. But then I had to remember that they are so distant as relatives it really doesn’t matter anymore.
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Joe Cosentino’s holiday novella, A Home for the Holidays, delivers in every way that a romantic, feel-good story should. Every book I read by this author continuously pulls me in and wraps me up like a warm blanket.

Bobbi McGrath is a college law student who is constantly made to feel like one of the younger children that gathers around the small table, set off to the side, at the holiday dinners. This year, however, instead of going home like he usually does, he is going to Capri, Italy to spend time with his Italian family he has never met.

Meeting Paolo Mascobella, Bobby’s third cousin, soon puts things in perspective for Bobby. Laying the law books aside is an easy feat while being with Paola. Instead, he chooses to spend his days, with his cousin, sightseeing and soaking up all the joy and love that surrounds him.

As these two spend the week together they discover new revelations about each other and find a connection that, until now, they were missing. It also appears that it’s possible that meddling mothers may have had some input bringing these two together. More confirmation that they belong together and what is meant to be will be.

A Home for the Holidays is a very short read but, covers quite a bit of ground giving the reader a beautiful journey through the streets of Capri. Mr. Cosentino vividly describes the city with its impressive architect and beauty and, at the same time, invites us inside a loving Italian home. His descriptive narrative makes you feel as if you, also, can see everything as they are seeing it.

Normally, insta-love and everything falling into place easily would come across as unbelievable and farfetched, but in this setting the author has laid out, shows us that love is sometimes where you least expect to find it. But, if you open your eyes and your heart, and take a chance, it may be wrapped up right in front of you.
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This is a cute holiday-themed novella about two young men finding love on Capri.

Bobby is an out-gay, law student who is second-gen Italian-American with a doting mother and a family who loves him. They are a bit outrageous, as a family, but this Christmas will be different. Uncle Bobby won't have to sit at the kids table because he lacks a partner. Nope, Mama has arranged to send Bobby to meet his distant relatives on the island of Capri for Christmas.

Bobby has been a student of Italian for years, so he is able to communicate with his cousins, aunt, uncle and greataunt and greatuncle. This family is no less eccentric as his own, and they are able to urge Bobby away from his law books to experience the island sights, with Paulo, his cousin as a guide. It soon becomes clear that Paulo is gay, and while there is a mutual attraction, Paulo makes it clear that he is not boyfriend material. To be sure, Paulo and Bobby are close in age and attraction, but not blood. They are--at best--third cousins. (Their grandfathers were cousins. In my genealogy we would consider the grandchildren of cousins to be sixth cousins...so there should be no qualms of incest.)

Bobby sees the deprecating way Paulo is treated by his father and sister--he is just a lowly factory worker in their company. They don't accept his homosexuality, and gay marriage is illegal in Italy (in this story), so Paulo has no aspirations of having a husband one day. Bobby's experiences are so very different from Paulo's, and he's able to share his own dreams with his cousin, to some degree. Expect a melancholy phase, and a HFN/HEA-hope ending. There are a little bit of sexytimes, but they are on the down-low with the barest hint of steam.

On the whole, I liked the story.
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