MtSnow reviews ‘Falling Snow On Snow’ by Lou Sylvre, to be released December 23rd, 2016. Published by DreamSpinner Press, 78 pages.
Why MtSnow chose this book: Lou’s writing has never let me down. Soul deep. Kindness incarnate, and I absolutely fell head over heels with Sonny & Luki in her Vasquez & James series. How could I go wrong with a little holiday cheer from this lovely author?
Note: a copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Beck Justice knows holiday sparkle and snappy carols only mask December’s cruel, black heart. He learned that lesson even before he landed on the streets eight years ago, and his recent step up to a tiny apartment and a busker’s permit for Seattle’s Pike Place Market has done nothing to change his mind. But one day in the market, Oleg Abramov joins his ethereal voice to Beck’s guitar, and Beck glimpses light in his bleak, dark winter.
Oleg, lucky to have a large and loving family, believes Beck could be the man to fill the void that nevertheless remains in his life. The two men step out on a path toward love, but it proves as slippery as Seattle’s icy streets. Just when they get close, a misunderstanding shatters their hopes. Light and harmony are still within reach, but only if they choose to believe, risk their hearts, and trust.
Oleg and Beck. If ever there is a story of deep love and loneliness, this one was it. I just finished it and have such a warm feeling, of being wrapped in a cozy fleece blanket with a loved one, sipping rich hot chocolate and smiling whimsically, cuddling. Hearth and home, and so much. With so little.
It is amazing to me in such a short little story, that two people so unalike yet the same could so closely not have met, or crossed paths. A look. A glance.
This story is the perfect length. A perfect picture in what was, what is, and what can be. If ever you find yourself feeling down and lonely over the holidays, Sylvre has figured a way to make even the loneliest of souls have hope again, with music, compassion, in a place with people that seem to have so little, but that in all actuality have so much.
These shared words have such a kindness to them, that I’m almost overwhelmed with tears to see two such as these find each other in the end, despite the things that dark December might bring to those with much sorrow in their past.
Having been to Seattle, and The Market myself, I could hear the echoes of the guitar sweetly playing in the back chambers and halls as a lonely busker plays what’s in his heart, and imagine that still sweet voice that joins him for a flash, a few minutes to be gone. But that little bit strikes a spark of warmth in a sad, lonely heart.
A very lovely holiday story. Simple yet sweet. Gingerbread and hot chocolate, or rich, dark tea and baklava, however you might like your sweets. A treat for any that has the loneliness of heart, fear of wanting that ‘something’, but afraid to think it might be out there, for you. Just in time to find that precious gift. Wrapped. And waiting..
Lou Sylvre lives in Western Washington State now, but was born and raised in Los Angeles County, CA (Redondo Beach, Long Beach, West Los Angeles, Inglewood, others.) Books took her so many places in her mind and heart when she was a child and teen, and she’s never stopped reading and loving it. She writes, too, in the M/M genre, and has currently 5 published titles in the Vasquez and James series, 1 novelette in that same series, and the first in a new series, which involves two supporting characters from Vasquez & James. All may be found through Dreamspinner Press. She absolutely loves to communicate with readers, reviewers, and writers, so please feel free to comment on her posts or leave her a personal message. She also loves color, the Pacific, cedar trees, roses, deserts, desserts, forests, lakes, humans, four-leggeds, birds, and sunshine.