Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: Miracle on Mistletoe Lane by Derrick Knight

Derrick Knight was born and grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin. Derrick earned a Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a Master's Degree in Health Services Administration from University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. For the last seventeen years, Derrick has been employed as a neonatal nutritionist in a neonatal intensive care unit at the largest teaching hospital in Illinois outside of Chicago.Growing up Derrick was an avid reader of mystery novels. Agatha Christie was his favorite author. Ever since childhood Derrick dreamed of becoming a writer. He planned on writing mystery novels until a couple of years ago he read his first gay romance novel and he became hooked on the genre.When Derrick is not writing, he is working on restoring his Arts & Crafts home, tending to his garden, and being an advocate for improving infant nutrition. Currently. Derrick resides in Peoria, Illinois with his two cats Iris and Madison Grace.

Book Name: Miracle on Mistletoe Lane
Author Name:  Derrick Knight
Publisher: Self-published
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Edited by: Adriana D’Apolito Cool Beans Editing
Pages: 163 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Holiday

Joe Koehler and his six-year old son, Joey, are down on their luck. Currently, Joe is unemployed due to a bad economy and taking care of a medically complex son.  Recently father and son become homeless due to their apartment catching on fire and Joe being without any insurance. They are forced to live in Joe's old red pick-up truck. Eventually father and son take refuge at Hope House, a local homeless shelter, which is run by a kindly, yet mysterious, elderly woman named Emily.
Sidney Maier recently inherited his grandparents home but the house is in desperate need of repair. Skills Sidney greatly lacks. He befriends a fellow church member Emily who is the Interim Director at Hope House.  Sidney tells Emily that he needs help with remodeling his new home. Also, he confides in her, that he is lonely and wishes he could meet someone special.
Emily and her assistants orchestrate for Joe and Sidney to meet where an instant attraction forms between both men. Joe and Sidney embark on a journey of courtship, but soon a negative force learns of their budding romance and wants to stop it at any cost. Emily and her assistants must all use their special talents if Joe and Sidney are meant to live happily ever after.

Review by multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Miracle on Mistletoe Lane is such a magical and heartwarming Christmas story that successfully brought joy to this reader's heart. This is such a light read but its simplicity is what made this read's impact even more than what I had expected. It is the story of how one child's wish was heard and granted. A wish made from a hospital bed, heard by the most important person of all during this season: Santa Claus. 

Joey was born with a plethora of physical problems and medical bills was his father's horror story. As a father, Joe did everything that he could to make ends meet, and even if he did have plans for the future, he could not really control it. With things going wrong every which way they turned, Joe still managed to make sure his son had that little bit of happiness. On a night he thought was hopeless, he is met by a dog who takes him into a home operated by Emily, or Mrs. K. Not knowing what to make of it, Joe's only comfort was that he could get his son into a warm bed.

Soon, Joe's life takes a turn for the better. Led gently in hand by Emily and her ladies, he is able to find his footing and gets into jobs that would get him and Joey into a better future. With one of those jobs, he meets Sidney who also just happened to have been that patient teacher who'd helped Joey when he was in hospital. He is also the man whose home needed a trusty handyman like Joe to straighten out. The address: Mistletoe Lane. As the two men connect and gradually fall in love, other characters come into play. Most especially Emily and her ladies. 

This is a truly magical story of Christmas. It was a surprise for as simply as it was told, it gives such a feeling of hope and made me wish.


When Joe lifted his head, he saw the man he had been fantasizing about since Joey was discharged from the hospital.  He quickly stood up then nervously swayed back and forth.  Partly because he was nervous seeing the man whom he secretly desired, but also because he did not want Sidney to know that he was living here at a homeless shelter.  He did not want Sidney’s pity. 
“Oh, I…” Joe struggled to find the right words. 
“The church hired Mr. Koehler to finish remodeling our library,” Emily said smoothly. “We needed someone right away and by the Lord’s work Mr. Koehler was available.   My assistants and I think he is a Godsend.”  Emily’s cell phone began to ring.  “I need to take this call.  It’s my husband.”  She looked at Joe.  “Would you be willing to give Mr. Maier a tour of Hope House while I take this call?” 
                Before Joe could respond, Sidney interjected.
“I would like that very much.” 
                The excitement in Sidney’s voice did not go unnoticed by either Joe or Emily.
“Good,” Emily said, taking her husband’s call as she walked away. 
                For a few moments Joe and Sidney just stared at each other, both men wanting to say something but too afraid.  Finally, Joe mustered up the courage to start the conversation. 

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