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
Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!
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**
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
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.
Reading and listen to books for me is one of the keys to a happy life.
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.
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.
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!
**** 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.
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.
A voracious reader since I was a child, I am now enjoying novels and novellas on Audible.
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
I wish I could like this more. The best thing about it is the narrator, he is great. But the story is really boring and very short. The blurb really is the whole story.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
I liked the way this story started... I am a huge Amy Lane fan...but boy this story just got boring and boring and more boring...
Narration was ok...
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