Reviewed by Morgan
Title: His Heart’s Desire
Author: J.P. Barnaby
Hero: Matthew Carpenter
Genre: MM Fantasy
Length: 26 Pages
Publisher: J.P. Barnaby
Release Date: December 2, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: If Santa Claus could have one wish, what would it be?
Each century, Father Time selects a new Santa Claus. In return for his service, the lucky St Nick receives his heart’s greatest desire. Unfortunately, Matthew Carpenter is down to his last night as Santa and has no idea what his heart desires.
Short story previously released as part of the ‘Twas a Dark and Delicious Christmas, Manlove Edition anthology.
Review: Matthew is this century’s “Santa Claus”. He was asked when he was 21 – 100 years ago – to become the jolly fat guy and as his family had done for generations, he accepted. He transforms into the old, round, bearded man and does the job with care for the next century. Father Time – the guy who controls Santas – tells him on his last night he’ll get his heart’s desire. The problem is, Matthew doesn’t know what that is.
The good news is Father Time does. And when Matthew receives his desire he’s overjoyed!
I accepted this title for review simply based on the author. I love JP Barnaby, so I didn’t even really read the blurb. I was so shocked at what the story entailed! It’s not what I would have expected, but it was amazing!
I loved the unique look at the Santa myth! A man who transforms into the caricature, delivers gifts but alone for a hundred years, then granted his most precious wish.
In this case, there are a couple more twists to the story that get tacked on after he gets his desire and that, too, was done so creatively.
I absolutely loved this little holiday story and highly recommend it!
(The Cover has really nothing to do with the story- FYI!)
6 of 5 stars
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*