Five LGBTQ holiday stories examine the power of love and the magic of Christmas.
Christmas romance anthologies are a staple of the holiday season, and this collection will be a welcome addition to any shelf. In "Gracious Living Magazine Says It Must Be a Live Tree," Killian B. Brewer revisits his characters from Lunch with the Do Nothings at the Tammy Dinette and offers Marcus Sumter his first real Christmas with his new love, Hank Hudson, and the loving community of Marathon, Georgia—but with the anticipation of the holidays comes the necessity of managing expectations and getting to the heart of the season rather than settling for the surface glow. In Pene Henson's "True North," an African-American lesbian basketball star reluctantly heads back to her tiny Montana hometown for the holidays and finds inspiration, acceptance, and possibly love when she finally confronts her feelings of otherness in the community she grew up in. In Erin Finnegan's "Last Call at the Casa Blanca Bar & Grill," Jack finds himself on Christmas Eve back at the bar where he used to hang out with Joey, the lover he lost a year ago to an accident. Jack is oddly drawn to Javi, who reminds him of Joey in ways that allow him to remember his lover without debilitating grief and guilt for the first time. In Lilah Suzanne's "Halfway Home," emotionally numb Avery loses her job and her girlfriend in one day but feels a sense of hope after rescuing a dog who leads her to a whole new world of possibilities. And, finally, in Lynn Charles' "Shelved," a librarian plays matchmaker to her uncle and a library patron while failing to act on her own attraction to the woman at the Christmas tree farm.
Five charming, heartfelt, delightful tales bound to bring holiday cheer.