Ulysses Dietz Member of The Paranormal Guild Review Team
This gets five stars from me because it is a perfectly crafted, precisely targeted holiday romance, calibrated to pluck at every heartstring in just the right way. KD Fisher is a an excellent writer, creating sweeping images of the Rocky Mountain landscape, the backdrop for the romance between unemployed East Coast school teacher Mikah Cerullo and Idaho farm boy Matt Haskell.
The core of this romance is not quite opposites attracting, but more one of two rather different people meeting by chance in the most unlikely place. Mikah is the son of a hugely rich, self-made Italian-born lawyer, while Matt is the orphaned child of poor rural farm folks. Mikah went to Harvard, Matt barely completed high school. And so on.
The key to this kind of classic romance is twofold: link it to the season, and make both of the main characters appealing, each in his different way, so that the reader believes that they could fall in love the way they in fact do. Fisher gives us even more than that, surrounding both men with interesting families who not only understand them, but embrace their gayness. Even Mikah’s divorced father and his yoga-instructor stepmother are presented as loving and compassionate people. There is so little bitterness in this book you’d think it would be sickly sweet – but it’s not. The author somehow keeps it feeling real and authentic, even as she piles on the romantic violins (or, in this case, piano).
Since both Matt and Mikah are physical types that appeal to me (I’m eclectic), it was easy for me to like them both. KD Fisher’s handling of story and prose is just what a book like this needs. Because of her gentle imagination and her skills, she makes for us a Christmas landscape that fills the bill perfectly.