Title: Christmas Serendipity
Author: Liam Livings
Publisher: JMS Books
Characters: David, Christian
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
In a snowy small town in England just before Christmas, handyman Christian thinks the world has ended — his parents are still getting used to his being gay and have disinvited him to their Christmas. Former waiter David has just been fired and is still getting used to the fact that his useless, cheating, money-grabbing, waste-of-space boyfriend has just dumped him. Their mutual friend Cathy steps in and invites the two strangers to a non-family Christmas at the flat she shares with Tony.
With Cathy’s organizational skills and enthusiasm, these four spend Christmas together, making the best of it and getting to know each other. A spark of attraction clearly brings David and Christian closer, and spending the festive season together may be just what these two refugees need to calm their troubled souls.
But the past still haunts them both and threatens to be their undoing. Is love enough to overcome the burdens they bear? Can they find a happy Christmas together after all?
I’ve read several Christmas themed stories this year, and one thing that stands out about Christmas Serendipity is how well-written the characters are. For a short story, I still felt like I got to know David and Christian. I enjoyed watching them meet and get to know one another. As the sparks fly between them, I felt like there was a genuine affection there and I enjoyed seeing their relationship slowly bud into something genuine.
One of the things I wasn’t expecting when I read this book was the underlying humor this author has. Although both David and Christian have fallen on some bad luck, I enjoyed the banter they had with each other, and with their friends as well. I also liked how David and Christian’s friends really bonded together to make the holiday season a positive one, despite all of the obstacles life seems to throw their way.
I really enjoyed this holiday story and it’s an easy one to recommend. It’s definitely a feel-good, delightful tale that will leave you with a big smile on your face. Mr. Livings is a new author for me and I have to say that after reading this book, I’m definitely anxious to read more stories by him in the future.
Reviewed By: Gabbi