My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.com, in exchange for an honest review.
4 solid stars for this lovely christmas story about two lonely men finding trust, love and happiness. Eddie is a drifter. He has been alone for more than a decade, after leaving the group home he grew up in, at 16. He never settles permanently, and even if he tries, things go wrong. So when he is the witness to an accident and needs to stay in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere he is not happy.
Here he becomes the house guest of Grayson, who is all about permanence. Grayson owns a shop, which has been in his family for 3 generations. He lives in a big old house in the tiny town where he grew up, drinking tea of his mother’s china, reading his father’s old books and still licking his wounds after his ex-lover left him behind years ago.
There is instant attraction between the two, but Eddie is used to sex being a method of payment and Gray is cautious of taking advantage. Slowly the two move into each others lives, working, eating, reading and living with one another. It is lovely and heartwarming.
But both men have been burned before, both are used to loneliness and isolation. Eddie is not used to staying in place and Gray is so rooted that he is destined to always being the one left behind, these differences makes it hard to trust what is plainly there for the reader to see.
The main characters felt complex and real, with depth and true emotions, the conflict made sense and the ending is lovely and hopeful. Warmly recommended.