Author: Kassandra Lea
Publisher: Mischief Corner
Genre: Mm Holiday
Summary: It’s Christmastime and the snow is falling. Restoring an old Victorian manor has been keeping contractor Brett Hawkins busy. The project’s meant to be complete by Christmas, but there’s no way he can get it done in time, especially with the big day right around the corner.
Meanwhile, his beloved Manuel Aguilar is grappling with depression, and he’s consumed by guilt that it’s kept him from putting up the decorations. But his biggest concern is that he may be ruining the holiday for Brett. As Manny struggles, unable to recognize his own courage in every small gain, Brett has a surprise that may help break depression’s hold.
Review: Brett is a contractor who restores run down houses to their former beauty. He’s been working hard to finish up the current house but he’s fallen behind on having it done for the holidays. He is particularly conscious of the holiday this year because his beloved Manny, who adores everything about Christmas, is battling a serious bout of depression and can’t seem to break free.
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.