- File Size: 2969 KB
- Print Length: 63 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 30, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 30, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077VDS7XP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Homemade from the Heart (2017 Advent Calendar - Stocking Stuffers) Kindle Edition
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I adored Homemade from the Heart by Bru Baker. This is a story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advert Calendar “Stocking Stuffers.” The story was well written, and it was full of feel-good holiday cheer.
This story is about a seven-year-old Aubrey that has her heart set on taking Grant’s already full holiday craft series. However, the craft store owner Grant caves and gives up his one day off a week so she and her guardian Josh can take private lessons. As their weekly flirting ramps up, Grant is still trying to decide if Josh is straight or not, and Josh isn’t straight, but he doesn’t want to come across as the creepy guy hitting on the teacher. With the help of a seven-year-old matchmaker, Josh will get the best gift that she can give him; a homemade from the heart one in the form of a boyfriend.
I loved the storyline, and Aubrey was the cutest seven-year-old matchmaker. She had so much energy and love to pass around. Aubrey had me laughing on more than one occasion. I loved that she wanted to make homemade gifts for her family members. I also loved her hot guardian, Josh. I liked how he will do anything to make her happy even if it means having to pay for private lessons on a Sunday. Grant had a heart of gold for being selfless enough to come in on his day off and allow Aubrey and Josh to take private lessons since the holiday craft series is already full. Of course, he isn’t completely selfless since his primary reason for doing it is because he thinks Josh is hot and he wants to get to know him more even if he’s pretty sure that Josh is straight.
But that doesn’t stop Grant from teaching Aubrey how to make the best holiday projects for her family. My favorite holiday project that they did was the cross stitch pillow for her mom and how Grant helped her modify the pattern to match a pillow that her mother had when she was younger. I loved the innuendos that were passed back and forth between Grant and Josh. My only complaint was that the make-out scene was interrupted and then not finished. I really wanted it to be finished. Otherwise, a truly enjoyable Christmas short story.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***
Craft store owner Grant has always been a sucker for a pretty face, and that goes double for a pretty face with an adorable sidekick. When seven-year-old Aubrey has her heart set on taking Grant’s already-full holiday craft series, he caves and gives up his one day off a week so she (and her hot guardian, Josh) can take private lessons. Their flirting ramps up week after week, and even though Josh isn’t with Aubrey’s mother, Grant can’t be sure the man isn’t straight. Maybe he’s just being friendly. And Josh, who most definitely is not straight, is afraid of being the creepy guy hitting on the teacher.
Frustrated by their stubbornness and cluelessness, Aubrey takes matters into her own hands. She decides the best gift to give Josh is something homemade and from the heart—a boyfriend they’ll both love.
Another absolutely adorable, full out Christmasy short story, Homemade from the Heart by Bru Baker is full of good cheer and romance. How can it not be when one of the main characters owns and runs a craft store that's making holiday crafts? Hello Snowman and glitter by the buckets! It made my inner kid want to reach for the glue and craft projects myself!
With a deft and loving touch, Baker's characters come to life as Josh and Aubrey find their way to Grant's store. After finding Grant's popular holiday craft series full, an improvised group of private lessons ensues and the road to romance is on.
I loved how natural, frazzled, and funny it all felt. Nothing like a child, the oncoming date of Christmas and the need to make a series of presents can bring the pressure home and yet love of family too. And both men are trying to make it special and find a path to each other as well. The writing flowed, the storyline was fun and lovely, and the ending just right.
Homemade from the Heart by Bru Baker is one story I can not only recommend but wouldn't mind checking back in on this couple later on in the year. Aubrey too.
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht. That cover is perfect for the story. Loved it.
Christmas time is the busiest time of the year for Grant, but he loves owning a craft store, even when things are a bit out of control. Grant's craft classes are completely full and have been for some time, much to the dismay of some of his customers. Even so, when little Aubrey, accompanied by Josh, comes in, Grant is entranced by the beautiful little girl and her male companion, and forgoes all reasoning. Instead of telling them no, as he has everyone else who inquires, he promises that he will help Aubrey with her crafts, even though it will have to be on Sunday's, Grant's only day off.
Aubrey may be young, but she has a good eye for design and color. All three of them get involved in making Christmas presents for everyone in her family. Aubrey is also observant. She watches as Josh and Grant interact and seems to understand the meaning of it, even before they seem to. Grant is convinced that he has a crush on a straight guy who is Aubrey's father. Josh doesn't seem to know what to do after flirting. Aubrey knows they want to be involved but neither is willing to make the first move. Secretly, she decides to “help” with their decisions to, what she believes, will bring about the best Christmas possible for Josh and Grant.
This is an endearing story about two men brought together by a precocious young girl who, in some ways, is sharper than they are. I loved Grant, Josh, and Aubrey and was delighted with the way the story unfolded, keeping me in suspense about what role he played in Aubrey's life. Thanks, Bru, for this entertaining, sweet story. So far, it's my favorite of all the Advent Calendar series.
Originally published at Rainbow Book Reviews.
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