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Publisher's Summary

It's finals week during Tony McNeil's second year in law school, and he's struggling to keep up. Frankly, he'd rather be cooking. Then he meets first-year student Eddie Cohen-Fernandez, who's heartsick over missing his family's annual Festivus celebration. Tony can use his culinary skills to lift Eddie's spirits, but finding long-term happiness? That just might require a Festivus miracle.

©2014 Kim Fielding (P)2015 Kim Fielding

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A lovely Festivus Story

This is an honest review in exchange for a copy of the Audiobook from the Author.

I have just finished the audiobook and I'm sitting with a huge smile on my face. The audiobook lasts one hour and is a perfect pick me up heading to the rush of Christmas. Tony is the son of wealthy successful lawyers but comes across as lonely. He is studying law because his parents expect it but his real love is cooking. He meets Ed by accident in study hall and they become friends during finals, slowly growing closer.nBecause Ed can't get home for 'Festivus' Tony decides to drive him there. Tony's own parents are away. The welcome Tony receives from Ed' family is heart warming and brings the Christmas message to life.

The narrator, Joel Leslie, does a wonderful job of bringing the characters of Tony and Ed to life.

This is a sweet and lovely story that is worth listening to and giving as a gift.

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Sweet holiday listen

This sweet novella was a really fun listen. Tony is a law student who is trying to live up to his parent's expectations and is miserable about it. He secretly wants to be a chef. Eddie, is a fellow student who has a wonderful, loving family but can't afford to go home for the holidays. They become friends and end of going to Eddie's family's Festivus celebration, where romance ensues. I don't think I would have liked this as much if I read it, because not a lot happens and it is fairly predictable. However, Joel Leslie does another wonderful job of bringing the characters to life.

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Love this so much!

In this very short and sweet Christmas novella, we meet two law students, Tony and Eddie. Tony is only going to law school to please his parents, he’s miserable and lonely in the small Nebraska town. Eddie, is excited to be in law school but misses his folks in California, especially during the holidays, but can’t afford to fly or drive out there to be with them.

Eddie and Tony meet on campus and decide to study together for finals. This leads to post-finals celebration (naked celebration) and then on to… more.

Eddie helps Tony to realize that it’s okay to “disappoint” your parents when it means keeping your soul happy. Tony helps Eddie to achieve his Festivus Miracle.

With a few short pages, Kim gives us a fully developed story about finding out who you are and living your life to its full potential.

There are some sweet smexy scenes, but most of this is about self discovery and finding that place in your soul that makes you sing.


Audio: Joel Leslie does an excellent job with this lovely novella. He does a little with the voices, enough to know who is who and is great with the emotion and the pacing of the story.

I really loved both the story and the audiobook and highly recommend both!

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Cute short story

Cute and warm holiday story. Wish it was longer, would have loved to know how his parents reacted to his phone call at the end.
I just love Joel Leslies voice, he is just amazing!

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Short but sweet holiday story.

I listened to this book while in the car - stuck in the middle seat of the back seat of a medium sized car. We were packed "cheek-to-cheek" and this book my mind totally off of my discomfort. I love listening to Joel Leslie perform a book, although in this one I had to smile at his pronunciation of aluminum.

The story was very good; I'd never read or listened to a Festivus story before and I enjoyed the way it played out. I never judge a short story the same way I would a novel; there's just not a lot of room for character development. While things progressed rather quickly between Tony and Eddie, I love how they interacted with each other and didn't really jump right into sex with each other.

This was just perfect for me to listen to during an uncomfortable ride.