Kris Hamilton escaped the rat race in LA to live his dream of owning an art studio and making snow globes in a Christmas-themed town in northern Minnesota. But life in a tiny town isn't as peaceful as advertised, and being treated like an outsider is making Kris's Tourette's flare up. When he inadvertently offends Tyr Tollefson - a beautiful blond giant of a man - Kris is ready to chuck it all. But he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Tyr's cousin Bun, who shows them the magic of Christmas and gives them both a lesson in love and acceptance.
©2013 L E Franks (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
Yes...and no. I love audiobooks, as I can do jobs while listening. But with this audiobook there didn't seem to any breaks in the reading, so it jumped around a lot, which you would see the breaks in the chapters in a printed format.
Bun opening her Christmas present from Kris.
Kris's go at the town's top brass.
I listen to the audio format of this book & loved the storyline, characters and reader. I feel that the story could have been fleshed out more and longer. I found the story seemed to jump around a lot, not giving you time to pause and reflect on what's going on.
"Cute but I had issues"
I'm a sucker for a man with a disability, especially a verbal sort of disability like our MC in this story.
Kris has form of Tourette's where he says adjectives out loud about whatever he is thinking. It was pretty fascinating to read about, and as the sister of a stutterer, I immediately connected to the MC. I really enjoyed the first part of the story. It was Christmas-y, touching, and just gave me the warm fuzzies inside! I was melting hard and fast for this story.
But then... it sort of lost me. I starting to have some issues with POV changes and then their relationship took off at lightening speed. I wasn't quite on board with it, and when the drama started up, I started to disconnect from the story.
Another issue that I had was with the audiobook. Now, the narrator has a great speaking voice, to be sure, but he is clearly not American. I kept rereading the blurb and re-listening to parts of the book, waiting to see if this book was secretly taking place in Scotland and the blurb and the story just didn't get the memo. At least, I think it was a Scottish accent... Anyway, it was distracting because it wasn't what I pictured for that locale and those characters. Also, I could have used a bit more vocal differentiation between the MCs. I found the dialog hard to follow at times because the two guys sounded alike to me.
A cute Christmas story that had the potential to be more.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
"Short Holiday themed story."
Yes I would. It's short and romantic and quite descriptive for so few pages.
The way Kris kind of communicated through his Tourettes. Saying things he otherwise wouldn't have said out loud.
I have not, but I want more!
It made me smile!
Kris Hamilton turned his online snow globe making business into something full time, buying into a store in Minnesota and moving his life across country. Only to be ceremoniously ostracized by his neighbors because he is different. Kris is tall, thin and has the appearance of an Anime character come to life, he’s gay and he has Tourettes. Any one of these characteristics would be frowned upon in this straight laced Midwestern town, but Kris seems to have nailed the trifecta.
When Tyr Tollefson and his niece stumble into Kris’s store and are witness to a full on episode, Tyr gets the wrong impression. But Kris’s personality shines when he starts to get to know Try and Bun, and Tyr learns the real reason behind Kris’s outbursts. While Kris is unable to control what comes out of his mouth most of the time, his outbursts serve to bring him and Tyr closer together as an odd form of communication. But inexperience and a town full of judgemental people threatens to drive a wedge between them.
This was a super short Christmas themed story. I was surprised at just how much content was given for a book just shy of an hour in length. I loved the detailed descriptive of the town, Kris’s work and Kris and Tyr’s appearance overall. I seriously had a visual of these two men and where they lived just by the words used for them. This was my first LE Franks book as well as my first Dave Gillies audible, it will not be the last for either of the afore mentioned! What a great collaboration of written word and the translation of them.
Definitely a must read for any fans of the genre that are looking for a heartfelt, romantic read for the Holiday. Again, it is very reasonably priced in both Audio and E-book, cheap enough in fact, this would be a great option for gifting as well.
I loved the story, and adored the narrator! What a voice!!! I could listen to him all day.
"Very sweet, excellent narrator"
This was an amazingly cute, short story about a man (Kris) with Tourette’s who moves from LA to Christmas Town, Minnesota to make snow globes. Everyone in town hates that he’s “different” and he feels very isolated and alone.
A unique family comes in and his disease sparks up and embarrasses him in front of Tyr who Kris finds very hot. Luckily Kris gets a chance to redeem himself and Tyr gives him another shot.
A lot happens in this short story – we see two different situations (Tourette’s and dwarfism), bullying, a health crisis, bigotry, depression, hope and a very sweet love story with a lot of “feels”.
I absolutely adored the narrator – Dave Gillies – who has a delightful accent that just feels so appropriate for this holiday themed romance.
I highly recommend this audiobook and will look for both the author and the narrator in the future.
This was a beautiful story with characters that warm the heart.
One Small Thing by Piper Vaughn and MJ O'Shea they both have lovely characters that recognize the good in everyone.
The kiss and the words that tumbled out.
When Kris helps Bun in his store but while trying to hold his tourette's in check
The audio was perfect! Love the lilt to Dave's voice.
"I wish it was longer..."
I really liked this one, I just wish it was a bit longer. There was so much packed into the hour, I feel like if it could have been extended another hour or so you would have been a bit more invested in the characters, setting, and conflicts. As is, the story feels like the spark notes version in that you get all the important information, but you don't get the full richness you know the story could have. Again, I loved the story and the characters were completely adorable. I just wish it had been longer because I loved the characters and story so much.
"I loved it."
Dave was amazing. I loved him.
I loved Kris and Tyr and his family.
It was magical. <3
"B rating overall..."
Okay, I listened to this book in audio form. It was Christmas and this short story is less than an hour which made it an ideal listen while I wrapped presents.
But as a regular audiobook listener, I had issues with this one. The narrator, while I love his sexy (Scottish? I think) accent, simply read the book. There was no change with his inflections for the different characters...which made this a really tough book to listen to. When reading, you have a change in paragraph to know when the speaker changes. In audiobooks, narrators typically change their voice so you know when the speaker changes. That wasn't present in this audiobook so it was hard to keep track of the story for me. Like I said, his voice and accent was beautiful and he read the story very well, but as a regular audiobook listener, that wasn't enough for me. I need voices and different inflections for the different characters.
But at the heart of this is an incredible heartwarming story and characters during the Christmas season. I did like the book. Knowing that the audio was under an hour, the story must have been extremely short on words, but I'll be honest, it never felt that way to me. I loved the two main character, Kris and Tyr...and Bun with her story line was a great addition. This book is about acceptance and finding a place in the world. For these three...that's with each other. It's a Christmas book so it's sweet and simply made me feel better for having read/listened to it. Overall, I liked it.
"A sweet Hallmark Christmas tale"
Dave Gillies narrates this in a sweet and distinctive Scottish voice that I first thought odd for a tale of an LA transplant living in Northern Minnesota but it worked really well for me. Perhaps its nostalgic memories of my Scottish relatives telling tales around the holidays but the "touch of peat" added a charming quality to the story that kept it squarely in "Hallmark card" arena.
At just under an hour, this book is ideal for a one-sitting experience.
Kris Hamilton is an LA transplant to Minnesota, and a snow globe artist with an odd form of Tourette's that causes him to spout streams of synonyms when overexcited rather than epithets. (Perhaps in his case it should be called Roget's Syndrome) Kris is obviously and openly gay, yet, he's chosen to relocate to a small town in Northern Minnesota with a year round Christmas theme that he thinks will complement his artistic specialty. And while the locals welcome additional tourists and the increased revenue that Kris's shop brings, they have a hard time setting aside their small-minded, small town bigotry.
One of the locals Tyr Tollefson, is also gay, though covertly so, and he's got all that he can handle in caring for Eddie, his sick uncle, and Bun, Eddie's developmentally disabled daughter who has never really gotten beyond her six year old-like belief in Santa.
Encountering Bun and Eddie for the first time triggers one of Kris's episodes and Tyr catches Kris at the exact worst moment. Can the two overcome their initial meeting and embrace the attraction both men feel? To find out, you'll just have to explore this charming story for yourself.
As previously mentioned this tale is narrated by Dave Gillies in a sweet and distinctive Scottish voice that adds an unexpected level of charm to this Hallmark card of a Christmas story. And as with any good Hallmark card, there are bittersweet moments that may call for a tear or two but one can rest assured that in the end it all comes right.
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