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To honor his grandmother’s final request, Trenton Appleton drops everything to visit the family’s ancestral home: Hummingbird House, where he experienced his first kiss and first heartbreak with Callum Eason.
Eight years ago, confused by his attraction to Trent, Callum reacted badly. But with help he never expected, Callum found himself and learned to accept who he was.
Now Trent is back at Hummingbird House, and Callum has his opportunity to salvage their friendship, at least. But Trent is less receptive than he was all those years ago. Still, Callum is determined to show Trent he has changed and keep his promise to Trent’s grandmother. When past mistakes repeat themselves, Callum must break the cycle before his last chance with Trent passes him by.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package “Celebrate!”
This is quite a lovely (sort of) friends-to-lovers story. Well, Trent and Callum used to be best friends until eight years ago Callum reacted badly when Trent tried to kiss him for the first time. Callum wasn’t ready to admit his sexuality and in the end, he broke Trent’s heart and their friendship broke when Trent moved to America.
I thought the emotions between Trent and Callum when they met again – after Trent returned to the small English town and Hummingbird House following his grandmother’s death – were palpable and real. Trent had his heart broken and he wasn’t ready to just accept Callum’s apology. However, at the same time Callum knew that he needed to make Trent sees the changes in him after the years passed.
I liked how the author wrote dual perspectives of both Trent and Callum – Trent with 1st person and Callum with 3rd person. It made me understand more about these men. Although I did think they moved to tumble into bed a little bit fast – considering all the feelings that they had been keeping all these years. And the epilogue didn’t exactly ‘act’ as an epilogue, since it was basically a scene of later in the day.
However, it was definitely a second-chance story with true spirit of hope and a little bit ‘magic’ that’s perfect for the holiday season. Oh, and in addition, the letters from Callum’s grandmother were very lovely. We need to treat the act of writing genuine letters (not email) as a form of art.