Thursday, January 12, 2017

Glad Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins



Eddie Rodrigues doesn’t stay in one place long enough to get attached. The only time he broke that rule, things went south fast. Now he’s on the road again, with barely enough cash in his pocket to hop a bus to Texas after his (sort-of-stolen) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Midwest, USA.
He’s fine. He’ll manage. Until he watches that girl get hit by a car and left to die.
Local shop owner Grayson Croft isn’t in the habit of doing people any favors. But even a recluse can’t avoid everyone in a town as small as Clear Lake. And when the cop who played Juliet to your Romeo in the high school play asks you to put up her key witness for the night, you say yes.
Now Gray’s got a grouchy glass artist stomping around his big, empty house, and it turns out that he . . . maybe . . . kind of . . . likes the company.
But Eddie Rodrigues never sticks around.
Unless a Christmas shop owner who hates the season can show an orphan what it means to have family for the holidays.

I admit, I went on a holiday romance bender this year.  I couldn't concentrate on any other books during the season.  Glass Tidings by the amazing Amy Jo Cousins was one of my favorites.  

Grayson is a delightful curmudgeon, whose heart has been broken and therefore shies away from life.  I adore him.  

Eddie has a different fear of living and serious abandonment issues that he deals with by never getting close to anyone.  After all, if you are always drifting from place to place without making any connections or putting down roots, people cannot leave you.  

These lost and frightened souls broke my heart.  Cousins' descriptions of the the loneliness felt by both men was realistic and powerful, especially during the holidays.  
I loved the visuals of Eddie and Grayson sitting by the fire reading in the evenings.  This would definitely be the way to my heart.  It was truly a lovely holiday read.

~ Shel


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