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Max moved away from his family to be with Michael, and his family never got over it. Now, for the first time in almost a decade, he’s going to return to London for the Christmas celebrations. He’s confident his family will welcome Michael with open, loving arms. At least that’s what he tells himself.
Michael doesn’t have his head buried in the sand. He knows he has a lot to prove this Christmas, and he’s not sure if he’s up to the task. All these years and he’d never considered having to spend a holiday with Max’s family. Now that it’s happening he’s not scared to admit it—he’s terrified.
Meet the parents.
It is always nerve-wracking. I don’t care if you have balls of steel, you are the coolest cucumber in the patch, or you can charm a damn snake; it rattles you.
It’s that indescribable pressure- everybody knows how first impressions are lasting impressions.
Well, Michael did not have the best first impression with his in-laws, or a decent second or third impression for that matter. If it could have gone wrong, it did. Thankfully for Michael, an ocean separates them and he relishes this fact. He blissfully lives with the love of his life, Max, in Toronto while his partner’s family resides in England. Bingo, problem solved. However, this Christmas they are spending the holidays in London with Max’s family and Michael is less than pleased. He’s pouting actually.
His holiday is doomed…he’s absolutely sure of it.
They arrive in the UK and Michael doesn’t disappoint, his misfortune is devotedly tagging along. It’s like one of those funny but not funny falls…you feel bad but you laugh regardless. I was rooting for Michael as I was holding my breath for Max. Family tension is awkward and aggravating, and all Max wants for Christmas is for everyone to get along. It’s those little wishes that sneak up on you. I thoroughly enjoyed the family, they were so endearing!
Short and sweet with delightful characters.
I think it could have been an incredible read if it was a touch longer…I was enjoying them so much, the going was just getting good….I wanted more!
Charming, humorous and bursting with love…just how I like my holiday reads, a splendid treat.
Title: Quite A Spectacle
Author: Meg Harding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner