Author ~ Thianna Durston
Publisher ~ NQWYE Press
Published ~ 20th October 2015
Genre ~ Holiday Contemporary M/M Romance
Kinder Thane lost his life partner three years ago and ever since, has folded into himself. He doesn’t speak to friends and only sees his family once a year. Every year on the anniversary of Leland’s death, he spends his time with the ghost of his dead boyfriend.
When Jessie Riley moves in across the hall, it sends his entire existence into a flurry. Suddenly there’s life out there, happiness, the joy of the holidays, and it’s so shocking he almost doesn’t know what to do with it. It gets to be too much but before he can pull back inside and go back to the way he was, Leland has a final gift for him, one that changes everything.
Leland’s Final Gift is a very short holiday novella written by author Thianna Durston. It’s a sweet tale about being brave enough to take that second chance at love and at life. When you have experienced a devastating loss that leaves you questioning how you will go on it takes a lot of courage to emerge from a grief-ridden state and open your heart once again to possibilities. There may be a light at the end of your dark tunnel; however, sometimes you need a push in the right direction.
Kinder Thane experienced the horrendous desolation of losing someone when his life partner died in an accident on Christmas Eve three years ago. He is lost and manages to shut out those that care about him. Christmas holidays have now become a time of grief and mourning instead of being his favorite holiday as it once was. Now, how is Kinder supposed to continue living with the one thing that made his life worthwhile gone? When Jessup (Jessie) Riley moves in to the same apartment complex as Thane, the two men meet in the hallway. Despite the fact that Kinder wants to be left alone as it is the holiday season, he comes to Jessie’s rescue when he gets hurt moving his stuff into his apartment. Suddenly, Kinder wants to give Jessie a great Christmas even though he just met the man. For the first time in three years Kinder is embracing life and the holiday spirit. Will meeting Jessie be the one push that Kinder needed to come back to the land of the living once again?
This was a sweet story that I did enjoy. It was a little hard to become very emotionally invested given the fact that this is a very short read, even for a novella. All in all, Leland’s Final Gift is a quaint little read to put you in the holiday spirit.