Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Book Brief: Welcome Home, Soldier (2017 Advent Calendar - Stocking Stuffers) by Deanna Wadsworth

welcome home soldierTitle ~ Welcome Home, Soldier

Author ~ Deanna Wadsworth

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ 30th November 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Holiday





Clay and Daniel fell in love as enlisted men during Desert Shield, but Don’t Ask Don’t Tell meant they had to keep it secret. After Clay’s convoy was ambushed, PTSD changed him, and their relationship ended in a horrible fight on Christmas Eve.
Twenty-five years later, they’ve reconnected on Facebook, and Clay finds out Daniel will be alone on Christmas Eve. Impulsively, he sets out for Daniel’s hometown of Gilead, Ohio—where Daniel is now the mayor—to surprise him with a visit. But a blizzard strikes and Clay wrecks his car. All hope of seeing Daniel is lost—until a mysterious old man named Nick offers Clay a ride.
The weight of past wounds and the scars of war might make their reunion awkward, but Clay is willing to take the risk to win back his lost love. Despite a lifetime of disappointing holidays, Clay hopes that this soldier is finally coming home for Christmas.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar "Stocking Stuffers."


Freya’s Book Brief

Two men from meagre beginnings enlisted and fell in love. Years later, after much death and the aftermath of war, they reconnect. An accident derails Clay’s idea of meeting with Daniel, and he needs a Christmas miracle to make his wish come true. An old man called Nick comes to his rescue.

Obviously, Clay makes it to Daniel. Otherwise, there’d be no story. The white-haired old man is the only twee, but oh so appropriate, part of this Christmas miracle tale.

At Daniel’s there is ample awkwardness and hesitation. Internal thoughts, written in italics, outline their thinking.

When they served, DADT was in force. Twenty-five years after they last saw each other, and post bad breakup, Daniel is Mayor of his small hometown. Many of the issues that spurred their separation, remain. There is still plenty of wanton lust, but memories and unfinished conversations get in the way. My only real gripe is the, across all stories, all too frequently used callused hands and chewed lip. Here, they’re only used once, but they are at the top of my room 101 list and I groan whenever I see them used.

Anyhow, I found myself caring for these two war veterans. I wouldn’t call the story a slow burn. Instead, I’d class it as sedately paced, but in a charming way, much like how Christmas creeps up on a person and then suddenly, it’s all guns firing.

This is not a story full of angst and drama. It is filled with memory, backbone, lust, need, love and warmth. It’s a story that gave me deep down fuzzies in my heart.

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  1. Thanks for the review. this book sounds like just what I need to be reading.

  2. I love second chance stories!