- File Size: 1989 KB
- Print Length: 29 pages
- Publisher: Mischief Corner Books, LLC; 1 edition (December 16, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07769VJ4T
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,643,723 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Winter Home: A Holiday to Remember Kindle Edition
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I loved how supportive Brett was and didn't try to fix Manuel. I struggle with depression and I appreciated that the author didn't wave her magic wand and 'cure' Manuel's depression with a hug, a kiss and a hardy 'get over it'.
This is one of the best holiday stories I have read. Brava, Ms. Lea.
That being said, I found Brett Hawkins and Manuel Anguilar to be really sweet characters.
Brett loves Manuel and wants nothing more then to show Manuel he'll stick by him no matter what.
~~Brett felt a twinge of heartache. This was his lover's favorite time of the year.~~
~~There were no lights, no Santas or snowmen, no candy canes or elves sitting on shelves.~~
Unfortunately, Manuel battles with depression and he is currently having an episode. He really wanted to show Brett how much he appreciated him and loved him so he attempted to go out and find the perfect gift.
~~For the first time in weeks, Manny felt a genuine spark of happiness at finding what he knew would be a winner of a present.~~
There was very little monologue until the end, which I found I liked. It allowed the author to set up the “story” and brought me into their world. I just wish this was a little longer.
Character Development: 3
Heat: (Only 1-2 short sweet kisses)
I voluntarily and honestly reviewed this book without bias or persuasion from the author. (less)
Manny normally loves the holidays, starting with “the spookiness of Halloween to all the joys of Christmas” it just over celebrated. Manny also suffers from depression and this year it has him firmly in its grasp through the holidays. Brett supports him and does what he can to make things easier for Manny. For his part, Manny knows what is happening but is unable to break free from the cycle.
This is a story of loving your person, all the good and the imperfect, and I loved that about it. What I didn’t love so much was the idea that Brett would be able to banish the depression, because it doesn’t work that way. Brett is there for Manny, though, and does what he can to combat it. More than that, he accepts it as part of Manny and that is a gift beyond price.
Even though this is a short short story I felt like I got to know the MCs. They have a depth to them that I hadn't really expected in a novella like this.
All in all a very sweet and enjoyable story.
This story used depression as a vehicle in what could have been a cute love story. This is not a subject matter that can be explored in such a short number of pages. Can’t recommend this.
Although it isn't usually that simple to bring someone out of a depressive state, you can believe it in this story because not only was the gift fabulous, but Brett let Manny know that he was totally committed to him, and would stand by his side always, through thick and thin. And what better gift is there than that?