Thursday, December 7, 2017

An Open Window by Rick R. Reed – Stocking Stuffers

Two men. One Christmas Eve that changes the courses of both their lives.

Henry’s homeless and only wants a warm place to sleep on the coldest night of the year. A forgotten open window in a darkened house entices Henry inside with the promise of warmth and comfort. He knows it’s bad, but he promises himself he’ll be out before the owner wakes on Christmas morning. Except he oversleeps and the homeowner, Jim, discovers a bearded stranger sawing logs under his dining room table. When the shock and the drama that ensues dies down, Henry and Jim discover that they might have found, quite unexpectedly, the Christmas miracle they’d both been longing for—love and home.

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

Day 7
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

An Open Window is a holiday short, featuring a married couple looking back at their first meeting. The message was a good one – both characters struggling in different ways, finding what they need on Christmas morning, as if it were meant to be.

Sometimes giving something that doesn't cost you much changes the course of another's life, and in return, you also receive what you didn't realize you needed.

The intro to the story is 20 years after their initial meeting, with the bulk of the content the meeting itself. In a way, I enjoyed the fact that the message of giving/helping others in need, wasn't overshadowed by romance. In a nutshell, there is no romance.

While the message was amazing, and I may have gotten a bit teary eyed, the story itself took me only a few minutes to read. Maybe 10-15 minutes at the most.

I am a fan of the author, and enjoy how different all of his stories are, and look forward to reading more in the future.

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

This is a very short vignette which packs a lot of punch. It should make us all think just a little bit more carefully before we judge a person. It’s really effective as it manages to encompass past and present, thus giving us a fuller story, even with limited words. I guess it is true that a talented author can be as concise or verbose as they like, the story is what matters.

Very nice addition to the Stocking Stuffers Advent Calendar.

Real Men. True Love.

RICK R. REED draws inspiration from the lives of gay men to craft stories that quicken the heartbeat, engage emotions, and keep the pages turning. Although he dabbles in horror, dark suspense, and comedy, his attention always returns to the power of love. He’s the award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction and is forever at work on yet another book. Lambda Literary has called him: “A writer that doesn’t disappoint…”

Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA with his beloved husband and their Boston terrier.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Stocking Stuffers: An Open Window by Rick R. Reed to read and review.

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