Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Turkey in the Snow
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Gomez Pugh
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 102 Pages / Audio – 2 Hours, 32 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – December 1, 2012 / Audio – September 15, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Since Hank Calder’s four-year-old niece Josie came to live with him, his life has been plenty dramatic, thank you, and the last thing he needs is a swishy, flaming twinkie to complicate things. But when Justin, the daycare worker at his gym, offers to do something incredibly nice for Hank – and for Josie – Hank is forced to reconsider. Justin may be flamboyant in his speech and gestures, but his heart and kindness are as rock steady and dependable as anyone, even Hank, could ask for. Can Hank trust in his dramatic “turkey in the snow” to offer his heart the joy he and Josie have never known?
Review – Book: Hank has been burned by drama in the past, so he looks hard and long to avoid it today. His sister has abandoned her four year old daughter with him, and now his die-hard bachelor days look left behind. He’s forced to revamp his life to accommodate her, and in so doing, meets Justin, the absolute queen of drama, a day care provider at his gym.
When push comes to shove, Hank must work with Justin to make his home presentable to the social worker, proving Hank’s stability as a parent. While doing this, he discovers there is way more to Justin than meets the eye. He also discovers that he likes it. Quite a lot.
When it looks like Hank’s sister might come back to shake up Hank’s world – again – Hank finds a solid shoulder to lean on in Justin, and together they make a terrific couple.
Though this is a short book, it’s not a case of insta-love. Justin has been clocking Hank for a while now, and his feelings have grown over months, not days. Hank has been secluding and deluding himself for a long time, and Justin is just the fresh breath of air he needs to see just how wonderful his life really is and can be when you let love in.
I loved Justin’s attitude and tenacity, and he was really funny too. He stood up to grumpy ol’ Hank and wouldn’t let him stay that way.
There was just enough angst and “drama” to keep things moving, but mostly this was a sweet love story, fun to read sitting by the fire on a cold winter’s day.
I give it 4 of 5 stars
Review – Audio: I first listened to Gomez Pugh when he narrated Jordan Castillo Price’s first PsyCop book, and I fell in love! He did an amazing job there, with the dry, dark comedy, and so I was a little worried about this book, because it has such an opposite feel. But he did not disappoint! He did an amazing job here as well, showing just how talented and versatile he can be! I loved his take on Justin’s swishy voice – it was hysterical! His grumpy, dry Hank voice was also spot on. How he managed to pitch that deep, dark voice to a screechy four year old girl voice I’ll never know, but he did it!
I really, really enjoyed his narration and will definitely be looking for more of his work in the future. Well done!
5 of 5 stars.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*