Book Reviews

Home for Christmas (An Abbingdon Holiday Novella) by Tatum West

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Fantasy / Magic / Interracial / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 12-December-2019

Book Blurb

I don’t do Christmas magic. Or kids. Or second chances.
I do facts and figures, logic and reason, dividends and bank accounts and holidays spent alone.
That’s what I keep telling myself when I wake up in a shabby bed, in an unfamiliar life, next to a man I haven’t seen for twelve years—with a daughter I never had.
I'm clearly losing my mind. I didn’t stay in Abingdon. I didn’t stay with Van Narron, the love of my life. We gave up on that dream a long time ago.
But Van’s lips on mine, the warm touch of his fingertips, the Christmas carols and the decked out tree, and holiday cards lining the dusty mantle… and this sweet little girl calling me ‘Dad’… 
This life feels far more real than anything I know.
I'm dreaming. Things like this don’t happen. And they sure as hell don’t last.


Book Review

“If you have it, Love, you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have.” – James M. Barrie

In high school the most important person in the world to Troy Jones, of ‘Home for Christmas’ by Tatum West, was Van Narron. Although it wasn’t what they wanted, after Van was hurt in a homophobic attack they decided it was best to just be friends during the duration of their time in town. Years later, after a successful football career, Troy started his own recruiting business. One lonely Christmas eve, Troy dreams of what if…

Troy Jones thinks he has everything he needs. He’s one of the most successful professional athletic representatives in the country, but it has come at a high price. He works virtually all the time. He’s never had time to have friends or lovers, except for brief encounters with no attachments. It’s Christmas Eve and, while everyone else he works with have families to go home to, Troy is alone. He has supported his mom and sister financially, but he hasn’t been to see him in a long time. He tries to tell himself that it doesn’t matter, but he also knows it isn’t completely true. Even though it is Christmas Eve, Troy is on a flight to the West Coast, in pursuit of a possible recruit who is playing hard to get. Exhausted, Troy falls asleep.

Troy wakes up disoriented, wondering where he is and what is going on. Before he can get his bearings, he is greeted by a young girl who calls him Dad. Troy is even more confused now. While he’s trying to catch up the little girl figures out that he’s “not quite” her dad. He tries to explain that he is Troy Jones, but this life he has somehow fallen into is not his. She accepts his explanation with the ability to suspend disbelief, as only a child can do. She wants to know when her “real dad” will be back. Since Troy has no idea how all this happened, he tells her that he doesn’t know. The real challenge comes when he realizes that in this version of his life, Van is his husband. What was once a dream seems to have come true. The longer he is there with Van, the old feelings Troy thought were long gone, come back in full force. He begins to realize what he has been missing; he finds that he is not in such a hurry to leave anymore.

Tatum has written a touching, emotional story about two men who get a second chance at love. Told through a Dickens-esque and/or ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ type scenario, it gives the main character a view into a what-if that people aren’t able to experience in real life. I especially loved that it took place in Abbingdon, the scene of my favorite series by Tatum, making it even more special. Thanks, Tatum, for the Christmas Miracle you gave Troy and Van. I can hardly wait to read their whole story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 41000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-December-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
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