Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
December 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-61372-283-1
Contemporary M/M, Holiday, Novella
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

Josh has been protecting his little sister, Nicky, since they were children. Now Nicky needs Josh the most when his sister ends up suffering a medical issue, and now his newborn niece Vivian, needs a home. Josh would love to take her home with him but his partner, Sammy, isn’t fond of children. Can Vivian work her magic in this holiday season and give them the best present in the world-a forever home for Vivian, with Josh and Sammy?

Andrew Grey always comes up with such beautiful stories that when I saw his latest Christmas short story, I was charmed by the book blurb alone. A PRESENT IN SWADDLING CLOTHES is a sweet, emotional story packed with drama, love and holiday spirit. Mr. Grey delves into a couple who have been together for over fifteen years and set in their relationship. When Josh’s sister has a meltdown and he saves Vivian from death, things change rapidly for Josh and Sammy. I love this author’s writing style and this short story is no exception. You get lots of drama, emotions running wild and underneath it all, you have love-for family and for your partner. The two can tear a couple apart but in this latest holiday offering from Mr. Grey, we see two people who know each other so well and know the art of compromise. They are a strong couple and it comes through within the first few pages of the story. I have to say, despite being a short story Mr. Grey did a masterful job, creating strong characters that are multi-dimensional and relatable. He delivers an emotional story that will leave you smiling in the end and rooting for Josh, Sammy and Vivian to be a family.

If you want a feel good story that will leave you feeling a little lighter this holiday season, then grab a copy and be prepared to fall in love with these two people. I am really hoping the author comes back to Josh and Sammy later on as I would be thrilled to see how they are doing with baby Vivian. Well done, Mr. Grey, in creating a story that is sure to become a timeless classic in years to come to be read during the holiday season.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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