Review: Sarah Hadley Brook – Matthew’s Present (Bah Humbug)

33003473Author: Sarah Hadley Brook
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM Holiday

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Summary: Matthew Blick is almost thirty years old, and he hates the thought of another holiday alone. He has become a bit of a wet blanket when Christmas rolls around every year. So much so that even his five-year-old niece, Hannah, knows something needs to change. She asks the department store Santa to bring her uncle a man to love, and when Santa sees her uncle, he formulates a plan to set that possibility in motion.

Santa shows up at Matthew’s house and at first Matthew can’t place him, but then the memories of his first kiss flood his mind and he is shocked to find that Santa is the man he has carried a torch for since high school. Will this twist of fate help Matthew change his view on the holidays? Only a kiss can tell.
Review: This is the of Uncle Matthew, a scrooge at Christmas to the point where his beloved five-year-old niece, Hannah, notices. Matthew hasn’t always hated Christmas but there came a time when a cheating boyfriend ruined the holiday for him. He knows it shouldn’t define Christmas but it does. “It was almost like his reality had crashed down around him, and he felt the need to protect himself every Christmas.”
When Santa shows up on his doorstep he thinks he’s being punked, but no. It turns out to be Tyler, the boy he shared a kiss with in high school. Tyler is crushed that Matthew doesn’t remember him but he does.
This is a short story, 69 pages on my iPad, and it’s very holiday and sweet. Hannah has made her request to Santa, “She asked Santa for a man to love her Uncle Matthew so he wouldn’t be lonely and would like Christmas again.” That’s exactly what Santa has set out to do and I enjoyed reading it.



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