- File Size: 887 KB
- Print Length: 68 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sandra Schwab (September 22, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074RFMZZG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,472 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Yuletide Truce Kindle Edition
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The insertion of real literary characters of the time - author William Makepeace Thackeray, illustrator Richard Doyle, with mentions of Dickens and others made 'Yuletide Truce' a real treat!
As a short story, it could have done without one sex scene. Still, the character development and the overall feel-good vibe made up for the over-abundance of steamy m/m sexcapades, which was actually rather endearing...coming from me, a straight, middle-aged woman. lol
Aigee is our main character here (that's a phonetic spelling of A.G., btw, in case, like me, you were wondering!). He grew up in Bethnal Green, the poor part of town, and, after his mother passed, was an apprentice and then employee of a small bookseller, Munro. He works in the shop and writes book reviews for the shop's magazine. He's got a bit of a rivalry going on with another reviewer, Christopher Foreman, who looks like a fallen angel but behaves like a devil. Foreman's got it out for Aigee because of a lost drinking game, and disparages Aigee and his reviews in his own, more popular, magazine.
We've got a little bit of an enemies-to-lovers thing going here, but Aigee and Kit aren't really what I'd classify as enemies. More like rivals. So I'm going to call this a rivals-to-lovers story. And there's no angst, which I happen to adore in my holiday books (I have no time for angst at Christmas!). This also isn't a sap-palooza, either, which I liked. Aigee and Kit's coming together felt realistic and as natural as I'd imagine it to be for two gay men in the Victorian era.
I loved the imagery in this book. The descriptions were vivid yet not overpowering. I could almost see and feel the denseness of the fog as Aigee and Kit walked through it at night, and I could picture the crimson displays at the bookseller's and could feel the embossing on the book when Aigee ran his fingers over it, and see the whimsical illustrations in The Fairy Ring. It was subtly but beautifully done. The imagery really brought this story to life.
I'd like to add that the author's note at the end was wonderful. It's clear exactly how much work went into this story and the passion the author has for the Victorian time period. She's very true to history while telling this great romance. Definitely pick this novella up for your Christmas reading!