Reviewed by Ami
Title: Dear Ruth
Author: Kim Fielding
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers
Genre: MM Holiday
Length: 52 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Dear Ruth,
I’m not in the mood for Christmas. After a romantic relationship went up in flames, I returned to my hometown in rural Kansas. Then my mother passed away. I’m really busy with my job as fire marshal—and now with my mother’s advice column, which I reluctantly took over. There’s a sexy newcomer down the street, a guy with a young daughter and an unfortunate disregard for fire safety. He seems to want to be friends, but that creates problems that may be too hot for me to handle. The last things I need right now are flammable holiday decorations and too much holiday food. How am I supposed to give good advice to others when I can’t seem to get my own life straight?
—Bah Humbug in Bailey Springs
Review: Fire Marshal Bryce Reynolds returns to Baily Springs after a failed relationship. Then his mother suddenly passed away, and Bryce is asked by his mother’s good friend and editor-in-chief for Bailey Springs newspaper to take over his mother’s advice column. At first Bryce is reluctant, but then maybe it will be a good way to deal with her death as well as giving Bryce a distraction from this sexy new neighbor of his.
THIS is the kind of holiday story I love. Why? Because it involves small-town community, a little crush and pining, as well as the joy and hope of Christmas. Bryce is unsure if Noah is gay – especially since he has a kid – and he really doesn’t know how to deal with this crush of his. Of course, Bryce is also a bit clueless considering Noah has been trying to be ‘more than’ a friend (and we, as a reader, can see it).
With a fire marshal, a single father, and a cute daughter, a slow progress in the low level of steam, I think the only thing missing from this story is a pet! Oh, and I wish I can read Bryce’s answers to the questions to the Dear Ruth column, since some of those cases are good.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*