Since Hank Calder's four-year-old niece Josie came to live with him, his life has been plenty dramatic, thank you, and the last thing he needs is a swishy, flaming twinkie to complicate things. But when Justin, the daycare worker at his gym, offers to do something incredibly nice for Hank - and for Josie - Hank is forced to reconsider. Justin may be flamboyant in his speech and gestures, but his heart and kindness are as rock steady and dependable as anyone, even Hank, could ask for. Can Hank trust in his dramatic "turkey in the snow" to offer his heart the joy he and Josie have never known?
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2012 Advent Calendar package "Evergreen".
©2012 Amy Lane (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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Wow. How have I not read this before? I loved this!
Gomez Pugh does a terrific job with the narration of this sweet, and short, novella. A departure from Lane's usual modus operandi, this story has very little angst or sexy times. Not that I felt the lack.
I enjoyed this thoroughly from start to finish. Usually my big complaint with a novella is I want more, I want the story to be more fleshed out...not so with Turkey in the Snow. I thought it had a very satisfying ending.
Like I said before, Gomez Pugh was terrific, and I loved the narration.
"Lovely holiday story"
Some stories work better in audiobook than in print, and I think this is one of them. The main complaint of most readers seems to be the over-the-top language of Justin, but in audiobook form, he was positively charming. If sweet, family-centric love stories with a butch/fem pairing are your thing, than this is the audiobook for you!
This was an unusual Amy Lane for me. It has almost no sex content whatsoever, which is REALLY rare for this author, and it was pretty low angst. Apparently, this is Amy Lane: Holiday edition. And, I'll admit, I enjoyed it. It was an adorable, quick listen (nicely narrated by Gomez Pugh), and while it lacked a bit of relationship development and a lacked a lot of steam, it was a very satisfying novella.
If you are looking for a little something to put you in the holiday spirit, then you can't go wrong with this one.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
"A wonderful story that made me laugh and cry!"
When I was coming out late in life I was in a gay men's support group for coming out. One of the issues that was discussed was "flamers". You can't be in public with a flamer and people not know you are gay or at least believe that to be the case. Being the naive person that I am that never came to my mind, but I could see that was an issue for some of the men. Of course there were flamers in the group and they told a horrible story of being rejected and bullied all their lives because they are so obvious. Now, I don't have a problem with flamers. Though I look and act so straight I truly have to advertise who I am at times, just to indicate to another man I might be interested.Now you are asking me why am I telling you all this? To me this is one of the main themes of this story. The straight looking gay man gets involved with a flamer and all the drama that is part of that. It is a really cute story and understanding what that all means is an important part of this story. The other part of this story is the love for a 4 year old girl. Now there are a great many people who feel gay men are pediphiles, of course the FBI profile proves that isn't the case at all, but I know there are some people who feel that their is a "gay agenda" about recruiting people into being gay and that also the gay lifestyle is all about being promiscuous and irresponsible, of course that isn't true either. There are also a group of people who feel that gays shouldn't be allowed to raise children, this is about that and the need to parent, bringing together three people who all love each other, need each other and them becoming a family. The author, who I have been fortunate to have read many of her stories has demonstrated that very easily and clearly here, and I might also say very lovingly. So this is a story of new beginnings and people taking risks in those beginnings and of course love. I believe with that demonstration she easily shows that the love between same sex has the same roots as between anyone. Us gay people are human beings also, which I feel is forgotten with all the objectifying in the news and by the people who want to classify us as sinners and evil in our intents. I truly enjoyed this book and at times cried because it made me so happy.
Yes, the narrator was very good at making the the "straight" gay sounding like that, and the queen, flamer, like that.
"Clear Water" is a different book but it is also about love. Family, and it has some cops and robbers in it. I read this book and also listen to an audio version and enjoyed both version of the story. I am the process of reading a few other books by Amy Lane.It has been with great joy that there are so many different authors and books dealing with gay relationships now in the main avenues of book sales. The fact that I don't have to sneak into a "dirty" book store or go on "questionable" gay websites to find books written about gay people and their experiences, I find a sense of acceptance by the greater community.
"Cute fluff - no drama"
Hank doesn't want any drama queens, and Justin is all about the drama, so of course they are attracted to each other. Unfortunately for us no real drama occurs.
Amy does 2 types of stories, angst filled, heart wrenching dramas; and light fluffy pieces.
I prefer the 1st type, but when you need a lighter touch - this is a good fit.
"Gobbled it Up"
Cute, funny, touching.
The Men of Smithfield: David and Seth. Both stories involve an uncle raising a niece because of the absence of the sister - one was a deadbeat mom and the other passed away. Both men are leery (sp) of entering into another relationship because of a bad one. They both love and want the best for their nieces, but are a bit clueless on how to go about some things. Also, initially, Seth and Hank looked down on Justin and David because of pre conceived notions.
The scene where Hank was explaining the concept of Turkey in the Snow to Justin.
This is another classic Amy Lane and I loved it as usual. This is also only the second book I have listened to narrated by Gomez Pugh. Hear this authors. If you want your stories to sell, hire this man. He was perfect. I am looking forward to listening to more books narrated by him. Ohmygah!
"Holiday Sweetness done superbly by Gomez"
Hank has been burned by drama in the past, so he looks hard and long to avoid it today. His sister has abandoned her four year old daughter with him, and now his die-hard bachelor days look left behind. He’s forced to revamp his life to accommodate her and in so doing, meets Justin, the absolute queen of drama, a day care provider at his gym.
When push comes to shove, Hank must work with Justin to make his home presentable to the social worker, proving Hank’s stability as a parent. While doing this he discovers there is way more to Justin than meets the eye. He also discovers that he likes it. Quite a lot.
When it looks like Hank’s sister might come back to shake up Hank’s world – again – Hank finds a solid shoulder to lean on in Justin and together they make a terrific couple.
Though this is a short book, it’s not a case of insta-love. Justin has been clocking Hank for a while now, and his feelings have grown over months, not days. Hank has been secluding and deluding himself for a long time, and Justin is just the fresh breath of air he needs to see just how wonderful his life really is and can be when you let love in.
I loved Justin’s attitude and tenacity, he was really funny too. He stood up to grumpy ol’ Hank and wouldn’t let him stay that way.
There was just enough angst and “drama” to keep things moving, but mostly this was a sweet love story, fun to read sitting by the fire on a cold winter’s day.
I give it 4 of 5 stars
I first listened to Gomez Pugh when he narrated Jordan Castillo Price’s first PsyCop book and I fell in love! He did an amazing job there, with the dry, dark comedy and so I was a little worried about this book, because it has such an opposite feel. But he did not disappoint! He did an amazing job here as well, showing just how talented and versatile he can be! I loved his take on Justin’s swishy voice – it was hysterical! His grumpy, dry Hank voice was also spot on. How he managed to pitch that deep, dark voice to a screechy four year old girl voice I’ll never know, but he did it!
I really, really enjoyed his narration and will definitely be looking for more of his work in the future. Well done!
5of 5 stars.
4.5 stars – I loved it
"C'mon, it's Gomez"
Gomez Pugh playing a 4 year old girl? check!
Gomez Pugh playing a "drama queen"? Double Check!!
Gomez Pugh hitting out of the park? Triple check!!!
This was a cute, almost "frenemy's" , story.
Not that Hank and Justin were enemies, but Hank assumes Justin to be D-R-A-M-A because he's a little on the drama queen "twink" side, so he's a little less than friemdly towards Justin. Justin being the go-getter he is doesn't let that stop him.
He learns fast though, that Justin's "drama" is really more about his enthusiasm and worry because he actually cares. Something Hank isn't really used to. That was probably one of my favorite moments ts in the book too. Hank, or Henry, overhearing Just. telling his. supervisor about his worry about Hank meeting his family because there maybe drama. That's the best moment for Hank in my eyes, not just the taking in his sister's daughter when she abandoned her.
Turkeys in the snow is a reference to the drama that Hank wants no part of, and its kind of funny listening to him explain this to Justin. Funny, but the metaphor is a great one, actually.
"Funny and sweet with great narration!"
**** 4 Shrek and donkey stars ****
Audio edition, narrator Gomez Pugh.
2 hours 32 minutes
"You're like Shrek, uncle Hank."
"All grumpy sometimes. And Justin is like donkey."
Hank Calder suddenly had to take on the father role when his irresponsible sister dumped her own daughter (!) on Hank. Hank is a down-to-earth kind of guy who hates drama (Shrek, right?), but he loves his little niece because he is a caretaker and has always wanted a child and a family of his own. Justin, the daycare worker at Hank's gym is a "swishy, flaming twinkie" who Hank feel is drama through and through (lol, donkey). However, when Hank sorely needs help, Justin offers.
This was a really great story! I was positively surprised. There's no perfect little mini-adult in Hank's four year old niece and Hank's thoughts and feelings about the challenges of caring for her is spot on. And not in an annoying way, but in a smirking kinda way when you recognize his thoughts with familiarity.
There's an age gap between Hank and Justin.
We have real pizza", he [Hank] said hopefully. "And beer. That is if you're, um, you know.. 21 yet? And if not I've got milk. But would you..."
Justin brighten while he was talking, like the light that made him Justin from the inside had been flipped on.
"I'd totally love to", he said keeping his voice quiet even if his gestures started to get a little loud. "And don't worry, I turned 21 in November so you're totally safe. Not corrupting a minor or anything."
Hank had been leading him down the hall and he turned around and looked at him sharply over that. Justin returned the look cheekily.
Milk, Hank? Seriously? LOL!
The story is full of little funny moments like this. Especially the conversation that explained the title. Hilarious!!
Gomez Pugh did an excellent narration and he really brought life to the characters. I think he made this story better.
Highly recommended for a short, sweet and funny audio book.
"A Christmas story worth a read anytime of year."
Sometimes what you think you want, isn't what you really need. As Hank Calder finds out when he is suddenly thrust into parenthood as he takes custody of his 4 year old niece Josie. So the last thing he wants is more drama in his life, by way of very flamboyant, very swishy Justin, the daycare worker at his gym. But what he finds is that love and belonging comes in all shapes and sizes, and a life worth living comes with drama.
I usually love stories by Amy Lane, and this is no exception. This is the bright and sunny side of Amy Lane's story telling. The characters of Hank, Justin and Josie, will suck you right into their world and take you on a whirlwind ride of discovery, joy, enough tension to make it interesting and the happily-ever-after hoped for.
"cute little moral take"
This was fun! I liiiike it when the big guy learns a life lesson from his boyfriend. And who doesn't love preschool girls? I felt sorry for Amanda, tho
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