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Unwrapping the Present (I'll Be Home for Christmas)

3.13 of 5 stars 3.13  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  15 reviews
While home for Christmas with Ted and Edna, his foster parents, college student Austin Greenfield is surprised to meet Seth Barton, the son Edna gave up for adoption at birth. With his adoptive parents now dead, Seth desperately wants to meet his birth mother—who doesn’t want to know him. When Austin and Seth begin to fall in love, Austin finds himself torn: will he be for ...more
ebook, 84 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Dreamspinner Press
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I'm not really sure how to rate this one. I mean, the "mystery" on why Edna doesn't want to see his son (Seth) ends up heartbreaking (though I can make a guess on that one). It's an issue that is rarely touched. In addition, this is a multi-cultural relationship, since Austin is black and Seth is white, so that one is nice.

But for overall tone, I'm not feeling the story very well. Is this about the romance between Austin and Seth? Or about forgiveness and reunion and chances between Edna and Se
Mandy*reads obsessively*
This wouldn't have been my choice as a Christmasday story from the DSP Adventscalendar.
It's pretty sad, Austin a foster child, loved by his foster family, and Seth an orphan, his adoptive parents are both deceased.
They meet under unusual circumstances and fall in love. They have a pretty big obstacle to overcome if they want to have any kind of future.
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Starts at 1% and ends at 96%

No lube :( ouch

this one bored me took forever to finish since i kept putting it down. characters weren't really developed and after two days barely knowing each other jst having sex they're in love. yeah just couldn't relate or see the conection with these two
Serena Yates
When you are torn between loyalty to your parents (or foster parents, in Austin’s case) and the feelings you develop for a potential life partner is very tough. The decisions to be made are only gradually revealed as Austin finds out about all the pieces of the puzzle from the past, and with each step, I was a little more fascinated and curious as to what would happen. The solution the characters found here was very much in line with this being a Christmas story, but it wasn’t obvious, and the m ...more
I wanted to like this more than I actually did in the end. It's a great premise, but it lacked in the execution in my opinion. There were some beta type errors that threw me out of the story a bit (e.g. there is no UT Nashville) but I could have mostly overlooked those. What really cinched it was the abrupt ending. There was no "dealing with the fallout." It just went from the momentous revelation straight to the following night, where it jumped to "we'll find a way to deal" and is neatly ended ...more
This was a touching story. How do you choose between someone you love and your foster parents? That is the dilemma that Austin faces when he meets up with the son his foster mother gave up for adoption years ago. She doesn't want to meet him.
Something about this story just didn't work for me. Not sure what it was. It was OK, but really I didn't seem to connect to the characters at all. Maybe Seth, and that's still a stretch.
Wow this was really hart Christmas story. The plotted mysterious part was really well written and sad, too. I liked the story in general and the end was positive.
Although the overall story was sweet with a good premise, something about this story made it just OK for me. I thought that the ending was a bit abrupt.
Short story around christmas time. Would of liked to see more development of the mc's. It ended too quick but i still liked it.
Veronica /  V
I liked the beginning, but Edna spoil the story for me. The abrupt ending was a huge disappointment.
I enjoyed this story but the ending was just a little too quick and easy for my liking.
Jeff Adams
I hope there's another story with these characters. The story left me wanting more.
Seth comes looking for his real parents but what he finds austin.
Interesting story. Ending seemed chopped off.
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Evan Gilbert lives in Memphis, Tennessee, a Southern boy through and through. He thinks writing is a pretty neat way to make a living. When he's not writing, he enjoys, in no particular order, swimming, going to the movies, reading, long walks in the country, working out, and spending time with family and friends.
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