by L.A. Merrill
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar collection Homemade for the Holidays.
Fifty years ago, during the Vietnam War, Lee Elbridge fell in love with an Army cook nicknamed Yuletide Karol, but they haven’t seen each other since.
Now, led by a clue in an old cookbook, Lee sets off on a road trip to find his lost love. He arrives on Karol’s upstate New York farm to find preparations for a handfasting in full swing, and is mistaken for the wedding planner’s assistant. As Lee is roped into folding hemp napkin goats and mashing fresh sweet potatoes, he is welcomed by Karol’s large, eccentric family of witches and pagans. When Lee and Karol finally get a moment alone, Lee tells him the truth, but it will take more than a little Yuletide magick to bring them together again after almost a lifetime.
(2019 Advent Calendar – Homemade for the Holidays)
MMy Thoughts and Review:
Name of Book: Finding Yuletide Karol
Series: 2019 Advent Anthology: Homemade for the Holidays
Author: L.A. Merrill
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release date: December 1, 2019
Page Count: 39
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance
Rated: 4.50🌟, Non-explicit
“He fell in love over sun cakes and kindness”
Lee & Karol
This story was beautiful and tragic. The Author did an amazing job telling the story from Lee’s point of view. LA Merrill gave the reader flashbacks from fifty years ago, where a much younger Lee fell in love with a cook while serving his country on the other side of the world.
Not gonna lie, people…this one shredded my guts a little. A lot of that has to do with my age, I think, as I am closer in age to Lee than most of the other characters in the story. I found Lee and Karol quite relatable and I have a feeling I will be thinking of them and their love for each other for a while. I love when a story can do that…don’t you?
Much like the witches in the story, I too believe everything happens for a reason.
❄I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.❄