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”.
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A wonderful story that made me laugh and cry!
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.
- Lifesavr "Reading and listen to books for me is one of the keys to a happy life."
Lovely holiday story
- Heather "Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!"