Reviewed by Danielle
TITLE: Dear Santa , Dear Dad
AUTHOR: T.J. Masters
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 53 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 14th, 2016
Two days before Christmas, widower Steven drives to the North of England to meet his estranged son, Andy, hoping for a reconciliation. Steven rejected his son when, as a nineteen-year-old student, Andy came out to his parents. Andy now enjoys a happy and fulfilling relationship with Peter, who initiates contact with Steven by forwarding an almost childlike letter to Santa, in which Andy asks for a father who loves him.
Andy isn’t quick to forgive his father, but the bad weather conspires to strand them all together over the holidays. Father and son experience a steep learning curve, not helped by Steven’s realization that his son’s lover is older than he is. But proximity and familiarity have a way of breaking down barriers, and if all three men can work together in the spirit of cooperation, this Christmas might be one that changes their lives forever.
First Edition published by Amazon Digital Services, 2013
Ooohh the feels! I cannot help it but this story just brings out all the gooey warm Christmas feelings.
Author T.J. Masters hit this one right out of the park when it comes to holiday stories.
It is short but it contains everything you want when you search for a loving and hopeful holiday read.
“Dad” Steven gets a Christmas card from his son’s lover Peter which includes a Santa wishlist from his son, who he is estranged from. Steven realises its time to try and heal what has been lost over the years.
Steven meets his son’s lover but isn’t getting the reaction he hopes for from his son and he leaves. He is caught off guard and it comes as a big surprise to have his son track him down the following morning to ask him to spend some time.
When the weather decides that they need to have this time now and the three man are together for the Christmas preparations and the Christmas days, stories are being told, emotions are shared and love grows and recovers.
Author T.J. Masters writes a compelling short story with this gem. There is so much gentle love and realism there that grabs you in and makes you want to surround yourself with Christmas decorations, food, drinks , family and love.
Thank you Sir.