Monday, March 5, 2012

Twelve Days

Title: Twelve Days
Author: Isabelle Rowan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-278-7
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Sequel, Holiday
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

For some, the holidays are always full of cheer but for others like David, John, and Jamie it is a time of reflection.  This self-made family will soon realize just what the holiday is about. 

Twelve Days is a holiday novella by author Isabelle Rowan.  The story tells the tale of David, his partner John, and their friend and employee, Jamie.  This is the first Christmas for the still new couple and the first one for Jamie, who finds it tougher to be on his own than he thought.  While this story has its light moments, it is not the typical light holiday fare one would expect.  David is having a hard time coming to grips with the season and it is not long before he falls back into some of his old ways.  The author does a good job showing the uncertainty that loved ones go through when dealing with mental issues.  The worry that both John and David’s son, Adam, express is realistic, as is John’s understanding and willingness to step back and give David time to figure things out on his own.  The love John and David have for each other, however, continues to shine throughout the story.  The couple is not the only ones dealing with uncharted territory.  Jamie is facing his first Christmas without his mother, yet David and John do not plan on letting him spend the time alone. 

While I found this quick read to be good, it is a little heavier than the normal holiday story.  Fans of the first story, A Note in the Margin, will like the quick peek into the lives of David, John, and Jamie.

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