Friday, December 22, 2017

The Holly Groweth Green by Amy Rae Durreson – Stocking Stuffers


When wounded doctor Laurence Payne is stranded in the snowy English countryside on Christmas Eve, 1946, he is surprised to stumble upon Mistle Cottage and its mysterious inhabitant. Avery claims to be an Elizabethan wizard, and Laurence struggles to explain away the atmosphere of the cottage as mere coincidence and trickery. He spends a magical twelve days of Christmas celebrating with Avery, but then wakes to find his lover has vanished and the cottage has fallen to ruin overnight.

Laurence’s investigations lead him to the story of an ancient fairy curse—Avery is doomed to spend only Christmas Eve to Twelfth Night in human form until he finds true love. Laurence sets out to give Avery the greatest gift of all—his heart and with it the chance to live for more than the fleeting winter weeks he’s been sentenced to.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ruthie☆☆☆☆
I love romantic Christmas novellas, as they bring all the magic and excitement of Christmas to life with plenty of heartwarming passion.

There is no shortage of magic in this tale. The setting of this story, post war, and the injuries which Laurence has suffered, add to the questions of this being real or illusion. Thanks to fate intervening in many helpful ways, there is just a hope that he and Avery may stand a chance. Beautiful concept, delicious pair of men, and great mix of old and new.

Thank you, Ms. Durreson, for a lovely festive read.



AMY RAE DURRESON is a quiet Brit with a degree in early English literature, which she blames for her somewhat medieval approach to spelling, and at various times has been fluent in Latin, Old English, Ancient Greek, and Old Icelandic, though these days she mostly uses this knowledge to bore her students. Amy started her first novel twenty-one years ago and has been scribbling away ever since. Despite these long years of experience, she has yet to master the arcane art of the semicolon. She was a runner up in the 2014 Rainbow Awards.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Stocking Stuffers: The Holly Groweth Green by Amy Rae Durreson to read and review.

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