Thursday, December 12, 2013

Review: The Firefighter in the Snow by Leska Beikircher

The Firefighter in the Snow

by Leska Beikircher
Published December 1st 2013 by JMS Books LLC
Formats Available: EPUB (Open eBook/Nook); HTML (Firefox/IE/Web); MOBI (Amazon Kindle); PDF (Adobe Reader); PRC (Mobipocket)

My Rating 4 of 5 Stars

Cody Laughman, a lonely firefighter in New York City, gets a blast from the past when his late father’s lawyer approaches him with news. It has been three years since Cody’s father’s death, the family house needs to be sold. Although Cody is glad to get rid of this part of his life, there is one final thing he needs to do -- fly home to Muffin, Alaska, and make the property presentable.

He expects this to be a quick visit, just cleaning up some old memories he usually ignores. But memories are stubborn, and on top of everything else, he finds a real Christmas elf living in the attic of his house. Not a tiny fairy, but a full-grown, deliciously handsome man. He doesn’t even have pointed ears.

But can Cody open up to the possibility of finding love, when the ghost of Christmas past is still haunting him?

Last night, I opened this book thinking this was just another holiday read. As the book opens, I read a dark, angsty tale of Cody. First and foremost, Cody is a firefighter in New York but he really hated his life out there. The phone rings and he needs to get back to Alaska to close the final chapter of his parent's legacy. He never quite forgave his father and it made matters worse when he could not forget. As he finds himself back in his hometown, not only do the memories come full force, but he meets Candy Cane.

Candy Cane is a man. Or rather, he claims to be an elf, and he dresses as one. Cody could not really wrap his mind around this idea but he takes in the fact that this Candy is one beautiful man who made him hot cocoa. Soon, they sort of develop a relationship which morphs to a romance. Then just as things come to full circle, Candy says good-bye and disappears.

This would not have an HEA ending nor be considered a romantic holiday read if things did not go right for the two men. However, I will let you go ahead and read this one and take time out to just reflect on what deeper meanings were hidden within the story.

This made me think. It was quite a deep idea here, Ms. Beikircher. Forgiveness, reconciliation, a chance at love and a happy life. These are simple concepts and yet the author managed to incorporate them all into a light, short, holiday read. It was quite difficult to wrap my head around this story, but once I did, I came out laughing and crying. Highly recommended.

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