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REVIEW: “Gaudete” by Amy Rae Durreson


Every Christmas, child chorister Jonah Lennox used to meet Callum Noakes at Aylminster cathedral when Callum’s mother came to sell roasted chestnuts at the market. After years of friendship, an argument separates them, apparently forever. Putting away the memories of his lost friend, Jonah left the cathedral and moved on with his life.
When Jonah returns to the cathedral after ten years away, the market in the cathedral brings back memories—and Callum, who has made a life for himself as a woodturner. Upon meeting again, attraction pulls them together, and the holiday may inspire their old friendship to mature into new romance.


The story was structured into present and past chapters. Ten years after an argument and hurtful words separated them, Jonah reunited with his child-best-friend Callum. At first, the time switch between present and past pushed me out of the story. I wasn’t prepared for such structure. However, after awhile, it was getting easier, and I actually enjoyed the past portion of the story.

There was something innocent with the two best friends, coming from different family background: Jonah was a lonely little rich boy, a child chorister, whose family was too busy to have Christmas with him while Callum was slightly poorer, a father who was not around and an over-worked mother, but never felt like he was unloved. None of this social situation mattered for the two kids. I loved that additional little plot of Callum having ADHD as well.

I would love for the novella to be a little longer though – I felt like I had enough of Jonah and Callum as kids, but not enough about them in the present when they were older. I appreciated that Jonah didn’t immediately went to have sex with Callum, but I guess I would like to be with them more before getting to the end.


All in all, it was still a nice holiday read. By the way, best line in the whole book? “Jingle Your Bells with the Merry Cock’s Christmas specials!” *lol*



Amy Rae Durreson - GaudeteTitle: Gaudete
Author:  Amy Rae Durreson
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 74
Release Date:  December 1, 2013
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2 comments on “REVIEW: “Gaudete” by Amy Rae Durreson

  1. Tracy
    December 21, 2013

    Great review, Ami. It does sound interesting (and I like this author’s style.) Will have to check this out.


  2. Ami
    December 23, 2013

    I think you’ll like it…


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