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REVIEWED BY CINDY
TITLE: An Unexpected Sanctuary
SERIES: 2017 Advent Calendar – Stocking Stuffers
AUTHOR: Cassie Decker
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 33 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2017
An aggressive super-flu pandemic wipes out a majority of the population over the course of one Christmas holiday—and brings Tobin and Kyle together. For almost a year, they’ve been trekking across the country from Colorado toward a sanctuary in upstate New York. Kyle’s survival skills have kept them alive, and Tobin wants to repay the man he loves with a very special gift of his own making. He sneaks off in search of the last few pieces… only to get himself and Kyle kidnapped by a desperate stranger. With their journey to New York on hold—possibly indefinitely—they’ll need to accept that home isn’t always defined by a place as much as the person you’re with.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers.”
This is a nice little story, but that’s about it. Tobin and Kyle find themselves in a bit of a pickle at Christmas after an almost apocalyptic event. They’ve been together since the beginning of the end and Tobin wants to thank Kyle for all he’s done.
I’m not a big fan of first person stories. They have to be excellent for it to work for me and this one is just okay. There’s no real angst in this story despite the blurb’s indications but that’s all right for a Christmas story. The side characters barely exist except to tug at a heart string or two but they work well enough.
At 33 pages, the reader doesn’t really have time to get to know the characters a lot but I did end up smiling at their eventual happily-ever-after. It was a sweet addition to the lovely collection that Dreamspinner has brought us this year and Cassie Decker is always someone I like to read.
If you’re looking for a little something to take off the chill this story will warm your heart.