Bethany reviews ‘The Working Elf Blues’ by Piper Vaughn. (Published December 17th 2014 by Less Than Three Press)
Why I read this book: A M/M book that involves Santa, Elves and a cabin in the woods, well that is a first for me so I had to give it a go.
In exchange for an honest review we were provided an ARC.
Blurb: Garnet Evergreen has never heard of an elf abandoning the North Pole for a human, but he yearns to be the first. Ever since he saw Wes, the boy with sorrowful eyes, Garnet felt an undeniable kinship. Over the years, he’s watched that boy grow into a man, and now he’s determined to give Wes a Christmas he’ll never forget. If only Garnet had thought to test his father’s sleigh before leaving…
Orphaned as a child, Wes spends every Christmas alone at his cabin. When he’s woken by a suspicious boom and finds a wrecked sleigh and an unconscious elf, he doesn’t know how to react. Wes isn’t fanciful. He doesn’t give much credence to the stories about Santa Claus and flying reindeer. But a part of him wants desperately to believe when Garnet promises forever, even if life has taught him that no one ever stays…
I will never look at Santa, Elves, or a View-Master the same way again.
This was a fun, whimsical, short Christmas story that had me hooked from the very beginning. It was hilarious and sweet and emotional, all wrapped up in a 53 page present. Give me a 200+ page book and I can go on and on, yet ask me to write a review for a short story and I panic, what can I say about such a short story.
Well this one I can say lots. It amazed me at how much story and background we got in this one. Garnet has loved Wes, in one way or another, for the past decade. Wes thinks he only dreams of a beautiful boy with auburn hair and gorgeous green eyes. Until Garnet almost literally falls from the sky in his lap.
Reading this I could feel Wes’ loneliness and how he retreats into himself, how he feels he is destined to be alone. I can see Garnet’s love for Wes radiating off of him. How he so badly wants to be that person, er Elf, for Wes. I was rooting for them to find that happy ever after, cause you can see how wonderful they would be together.
Like I said for the length of the story it is a wonderful read. Very low angst with lots of sweet tender moments. A very mild hiccup in the road was just the right amount of conflict. This is a short Christmas story that I highly recommend, it will make you laugh, sigh with contentment, make you panic for just a moment, and leave you with a HUGE smile on your face. Beautiful.
Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.
Contact Piper: Website