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Reviewed by Chris
TITLE: A Timely Gift
SERIES: 2017 Dreamspinner Advent Calendar – Stocking Stuffers
AUTHOR: Kris T. Bethke
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 39 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2017
Sometimes the right gift can be life-changing….
On the solstice, Rory’s grandfather gives him a pocket watch that he claims will have Rory’s life sorted and his problems solved by Christmas. Rory starts out skeptical, but when he reconnects with an ex he never thought he’d see again, he has to admit there might be some holiday magic working after all.
Deacon’s life is in shambles, and he’s returned to Syracuse for a fresh start. Running into Rory again feels like much more than a coincidence, and neither of them can deny the passion between them is still smoldering. With the watch behaving oddly at just the right moments, Rory and Deacon might receive the gift of a lifetime—if they’re willing to accept it.
Christmas is a time for family, but this year it might also be a time for something a bit more. When his grandfather gifts Rory an old pocket watch for Solstice, he doesn’t think it is anything more than a family heirloom. But when he repeatedly runs into an old flame, he thinks maybe it is more than happenstance that is bringing them together.
Sweet and short, this was a lovely little Christmas bite. While I think the watch was mostly superfluous for most of the story, I do like when it actually impacted the plot. And having a side character who was pagan was a pretty good addition.
Mostly this was just a very nice story about reconnecting with a lost love, set around the holidays. The two MCs were nice, if not terribly unique, and I really liked that the author didn’t have them saying “I love you” after only having known each other again for a week.