Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Hope Is the Thing with Feathers
Author: Brandon Witt
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers
Heroes: Samuel & Raymond
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 48 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Fifty-six-year-old Samuel Phipps is all alone on his small farm in the Ozarks, with nothing but a menagerie of chickens, pheasants, turkeys, and other birds as company—which is just the way he likes it. In fact, if Samuel had his way, he’d tear down his neighbor’s house so his solitude could be absolute. One day Faloola, his favorite turkey, escapes, forcing Samuel to make the trek next door. When Raymond Webber—sixty-seven—answers the door as naked as the day he was born, Samuel doesn’t know whether he’s more annoyed… or attracted. The two men are opposites in every way—Samuel is serious, while Raymond believes in free love and herbal relaxation. The weeks leading up to Christmas are rocky to say the least, but some holiday spirit might help them get past their differences….
This one is really hard for me to write a review on because, while the premise is intriguing, it started off absolutely horrifying for me. I couldn’t get passed that initial reaction, which left a bad taste in my mouth and colored my view of the rest of the story because I was disgusted with that initial meeting.
Lets back up a step, though. This story is about Samuel, who’s content with his life of solitude out in the country. When his favorite turkey escapes, he’s forced to meet his new neighbor and hope he’s able to find his turkey. He finds her alright but also finds Raymond, who opens his door completely naked. The attraction is strong from the start but things start off rocky when one thing after another happens that pushes them farther apart instead of closer.
Now, I won’t explain why I had an issue with the beginning and I don’t want to give a clue because it’d be quite obvious if I did. What I will say is that, poor turkey 😦 Also, I couldn’t really connect with either Raymond or Samuel after that. For one thing, I found Samuel’s pining a tad annoying and, as for Raymond, I found him irksome too. They two just did not grow on me at all. I felt like they were too immature considering they were well into their prime.
However, what I will say is this one was pretty promising. I liked the premise of the story and I liked that Raymond and Samuel are complete opposites. I also loved the fact that it’s about an older couple. Both Samuel and Raymond are set in their ways and don’t plan to change any time soon. However, I felt like the author could have gone about things a bit differently and maybe fleshed out the characters more. To me, they were too one dimensional and I couldn’t connect with them after the beginning.
Overall, I think this is a book that readers should determine for themselves if they’ll like or not. I wasn’t too fond of it and felt like things could have been handled differently with a little more depth to the story and characters. The beginning ruined the book for me and from there, I was just annoyed with the rest of it but I can still appreciate what the book could have offered under different circumstances.
Overall Impression: It was okay, but not good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*