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Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: An Open Window
SERIES: 2017 Dreamspinner Advent Calendar – Stocking Stuffers
AUTHOR: Rick R. Reed
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 21 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2017
Two men. One Christmas Eve that changes the courses of both their lives.
Henry’s homeless and only wants a warm place to sleep on the coldest night of the year. A forgotten open window in a darkened house entices Henry inside with the promise of warmth and comfort. He knows it’s wrong, but he promises himself he’ll be out before the owner wakes on Christmas morning. Except he oversleeps and the homeowner, Jim, discovers a bearded stranger sawing logs under his dining room table. When the shock and the drama that ensues dies down, Henry and Jim discover that they might have found, quite unexpectedly, the Christmas miracle they’d both been longing for—love and home.
I’ve yet to be disappointed by any Rick Reed book that I’ve read, and An Open Window was no exception. No matter that the story was only twenty pages long, this author always delivers what his blurbs promise.
I really enjoyed the way that this tale was approached. We begin with Jim and Henry snuggled up by a fire. It’s Christmas Eve and the men are celebrating the anniversary of twenty years together. The love between these two, the absolute adoration, is evident from the very first page. With so few pages, it was well done of the author to establish that right away. So instead of having the story of Henry and Jim meeting, and then skipping forward twenty years to find out – where are they now? – the beginning and end show us their well established relationship, while the middle is set in 1997, as our two lovers reminisce about the night they met.
I appreciated that the author didn’t try to squeeze in the story of Jim and Henry falling in love. What we have is the initial meeting and the end result, but Mr. Reed wrote both in such a satisfying way that I didn’t miss that middle part of their story at all. It was evident from their first meeting that Jim needed Henry just as much as Henry needed Jim, and it wasn’t difficult to believe these guys would quickly fall in love and be perfect for each other.
This is exactly the sort of feel good short story that I love to devour at this time of year.