Author: Alex Jane
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Mm Holiday
Narrator: Michael Fell
Summary: Aaron has spent the past ten months alone. When he meets a sad, yet strangely familiar man on a cold Halloween night, he impulsively invites him home. But the intimate connection they share lasts only until morning. Aaron wakes up alone—wracked with guilt and devastated to have lost his chance.
Or so he thinks.
Thanksgiving brings Aaron another shot at happiness, but letting go of an old love and accepting a new one isn’t as easy as everyone keeps telling him. And by the time Christmas Eve rolls around, it becomes clear that Aaron’s not the only one struggling to let himself love again.
Christmas miracles are all well and good, but it’s going to take more than the Holiday Spirit for Aaron to get his happy ever after.
A story of grief, sadness, and letting it go; and finding love when you least expect it.
Review: There are three holidays encapsulated within this story, beginning with Halloween. Aaron lost his husband ten months ago and he’s been going through the motions of life since then. On this Halloween he heads to a bar outside his neighborhood where people don’t pity or pressure him. On the way home he finds a beautiful young man on a bridge, looking as though he is going to jump. Aaron begins talking to him and they have a connection, which leads to Aaron inviting the man, Dylan, home. There is a misconnection now and Aaron has lost his chance. Until a random meet at Thanksgiving in a grocery store, where they again connect and Aaron (who was about to have baloney for Thanksgiving) accompanies Dylan to his brother’s house for the meal. This time there is a little more talk, a little more get to know you.
There is a secret hanging out there that of course causes some distress. There is also some emotional abuse suffered by Dylan that shows up. There is no insta-love here. The two feel that connection but they are each carrying some heavy baggage and need time to make things work. I felt bad first for Dylan, then Aaron, then Dylan. I was pulling for these two imperfect people to get to a place where they could find happiness.
This is my first audio narrated by Michael Fell and I thought he did a wonderful job differentiating voices and keeping the tone appropriate to the mood of the story (something I’ve noticed a few narrators haven’t done). I’m not sure what I’d think of the book version of this but the audio worked well for me.