Book Reviews

Hope Is the Thing with Feathers (2017 Advent Calendar - Stocking Stuffers) by Brandon Witt at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Mature Lovers / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 04-December-2017

Book Blurb

Fifty-six-year-old Samuel Phipps is all alone on his small farm in the Ozarks, with nothing but a menagerie of chickens, pheasants, turkeys, and other birds as company—which is just the way he likes it. In fact, if Samuel had his way, he’d tear down his neighbor’s house so his solitude could be absolute. One day Faloola, his favorite turkey, escapes, forcing Samuel to make the trek next door. When Raymond Webber—sixty-seven—answers the door as naked as the day he was born, Samuel doesn’t know whether he’s more annoyed… or attracted. The two men are opposites in every way—Samuel is serious, while Raymond believes in free love and herbal relaxation. The weeks leading up to Christmas are rocky to say the least, but some holiday spirit might help them get past their differences….



A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar "Stocking Stuffers."

Book Review

There is absolutely nothing that I enjoy more than reading a love story involving mature people. I’m not (and I refuse to) call Samuel and Raymond old, especially seeing as they’re not that much older than I am. Regardless, I truly like watching the dance of love between people who should know a thing or two about not straying into miscommunication, and having enough sense to not make the same mistakes they did as young men. Of course, it’s even more entertaining when all the wisdom they think they’ve learned goes right out the window, which is exactly what Brandon Witt brought to me in this wonderful addition to the ‘Advent Calendar Daily - Stocking Stuffer’.

I have to admit that I didn’t like the circumstances surrounding Samuel and Raymond meeting for the first time. In fact, I might have cursed the author in my head several times, while trying not to let any tears well up. But watching these two men, so completely and utterly different, dance around each other made me smile. Samuel is the epitome of gruff, single, older man, been a farmer all of his life, and is quite content to go weeks without talking to a human being. Raymond is a hippie, no doubt about it. He eats his magic brownies, goes naked in his own home, and has solar panels on his Winnebago. Who does that? They can’t seem to manage a single conversation between them where one, or the other (mostly Samuel), doesn’t get irritated, annoyed, angry (pick one, or all three), over something the other did or said.

“You’re right. We’re both right. And both wrong. And both a little stupid, and maybe a bit off our rockers. Can we chalk it up to being two old men who are rusty at this?”
“Speak for yourself. I’m not old.”

Oh, how I enjoyed watching Samuel and Raymond fall in love. Everything about it was just perfect and made me really want the author to turn this into a longer story where I could get more background on both men. Needless to say, I think the author outdid himself, and I adored every moment.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 48 pages/15351 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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