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Garnet Evergreen has never heard of an elf abandoning the North Pole for a human, but he yearns to be the first. Ever since he saw Wes, the boy with sorrowful eyes, Garnet felt an undeniable kinship. Over the years, he’s watched that boy grow into a man, and now he’s determined to give Wes a Christmas he’ll never forget. If only Garnet had thought to test his father’s sleigh before leaving…
Orphaned as a child, Wes spends every Christmas alone at his cabin. When he’s woken by a suspicious boom and finds a wrecked sleigh and an unconscious elf, he doesn’t know how to react. Wes isn’t fanciful. He doesn’t give much credence to the stories about Santa Claus and flying reindeer. But a part of him wants desperately to believe when Garnet promises forever, even if life has taught him that no one ever stays…
Piper Vaughn commented on my Twitter that this was “her attempt at a cute holiday story.” Well this just pulled all my heart strings!! This is a beautiful love story – where the impossible becomes possible, where hope and true love go hand in hand.
Garnet Evergreen is an elf and has been in love with a human young man named Wes ever since he first laid eyes on him when Wes was just a boy almost fifteen years ago. Every five years since then, Garnet tries to visit Wes while keeping an eye on the boy the other years. Until this year, when he thinks that Wes has grown into a young man, and Garnet just can’t keep his feelings in any longer. So he steals his father’s sleigh to visit Wes.
And OMG, how I was so deeply in love with Garnet!! The way he loves Wes – so pure and so true. There is a childlike-ingenuity that comes from Garnett. I wanted to hug him so badly when he told Wes about his feelings. I wanted so much for Wes to believe in Garnet, for Wes to take a leap of faith with this otherworldly being because this elf could give Wes so much happiness.
This story is written with dual POVs, so we could also read how Wes – despite his first reaction of disbelief regarding elves and Santa and flying reindeers – remembered those moments where he’d met Garnett in the past. But Wes has lost so much in his young life – he lost his parents and then his adopted father and he doesn’t know if he can give his heart away.
There was a very emotional scene in which I ended up getting all teary eyed and wanted to hug my babyArthur (that’s my Kindle Keyboard) so bad because I cared so much for these two. So even though the ending was pretty much predictable — in the sense of what would happen for Wes and Garnet to get their happily ever after – I gobbled it right up.
It’s the perfect kind of holiday-themed story, complete with snow, Huskies, and some magic. I wish it was longer because being with these two made my romantic heart fill with contentment. Thank you for this, Piper!
Sara – 4 stars