From the blurb:
Garnet Evergreen has never heard of an elf abandoning the North Pole for a human, but he yearns to be the first. Ever since he saw Wes, the boy with sorrowful eyes, Garnet felt an undeniable kinship. Over the years, he's watched that boy grow into a man, and now he's determined to give Wes a Christmas he'll never forget. If only Garnet had thought to test his father's sleigh before leaving…
Orphaned as a child, Wes spends every Christmas alone at his cabin. When he's woken by a suspicious boom and finds a wrecked sleigh and an unconscious elf, he doesn't know how to react. Wes isn't fanciful. He doesn't give much credence to the stories about Santa Claus and flying reindeer. But a part of him wants desperately to believe when Garnet promises forever, even if life has taught him that no one ever stays…
At only 53 pages, this novella packs in plenty of emotion, which I thoroughly enjoyed, as I have when reading several of Piper Vaughn's earlier books.
The descriptions of Wes' sorrowful eyes as Garnet watched him over some 15 years kept playing on my thoughts. And as that time passed and Garnet saw the sad little boy turn into a stoic, but kind and selfless young man, the depth of his feelings for Wes only grew, until at last he had to act.
So as to avoid giving a play by play of the story, here are a few excepts that I found very funny and extremely touching (in that order):
~ Garnet jumped about a foot and spun to face him, splattering what looked like gravy from the spoon he still held. "Oh, juniper, you scared the tinsel out of me!"
Yes, I found elf cursing pretty hilarious.
~ Once, for a brief period in time, Garnet had been the larger of the two of them. He'd yearned to hide and protect Wes. Now, at five-four—freakishly tall by elf standards—next to Wes, Garnet felt pocket-sized. He couldn't shelter Wes's body the way he'd longed to in the past, but Wes's heart, that he would defend with his life if given half a chance.
5' 4" = 'freakishly tall'. Hehe. As heart-melty as that scene was, it was all about the View-Master scene for the Kleenex consumer in me. Utterly touching. Piper gave me her very own little "Amy Lane" moment (and anyone who follows me knows that I luvs me some Ms. Amy.)
And how does it end? "I thought you'd never ask." : )
Lastly, I just noticed that the book cover had to be from the stump scene. That's very cool. Extra points for some putting additional thought into that vs. using canned stock photos of near-naked hunky hotness. Not that I have ANY kind of problem with near-naked hunky hotness, but the chosen cover was very fitting in this instance.
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