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Marshall Thornton
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The Christmas Visit

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  10 reviews
After his mother's death, a Chicago advertising executive in his early thirties returns to his tiny upstate New York hometown to spend the Christmas holiday with his recently widowed father. While struggling to get along with his prickly father, he finds himself becoming involved with the teenage crush he's never forgotten, now a closeted sheriff's deputy. The relationship...more
ebook, 46 pages
Published December 20th 2008 by Torquere Press
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Tami (synchro from BL)
A very good story about a young guy who comes home to his widowed father to his small home town for the christmas holidays. There he meets his first love, handsome deputy Larson, now unhappily married.
It was written in the first person POV and the narrators voice is a very interesting one. But what really made this book better than the average m/m holiday romance novella was the widowed Dad - he cut a really interesting character. Also the whole story was not overly sweet, but passionate and a...more

A lovely little Christmas reunited story a là Marshall Thornton with the real and interesting characters- the Dad was the best!!

With that everything has been said. :)

An enjoyable read in between, not only for a Christmas time and not only for the fans of Marshall Thornton!
Rosa, really
Marshall Thornton couldn't write a typical MM Romance if his life depended on it. He's awesome that way.
The only thing the story had to do with Christmas was the timing of the visit. The nameless narrator comes home to spend time with his newly widowed father, their first Christmas since mom died. While there, he comes across Travis, a man he had sex with once, 15 years before, who is now married. Travis was cruel after they had sex the first time, and I can't imagine why narrator would want to be with him again, let alone dropping to his knees outside the church social. They hadn't had a relation...more
Don't go into this expecting the usual holiday fare. This is not jingle bells and mistletoe. I'm not even sure I liked the couple, but I liked the writing. This father-son relationship felt very real. Uncomfortable around each other, but there's love there too. Their story made this worthwhile for me.
3.5 stars. Good short m/m holiday romance about a guy returning to the small town he grew up in to see his dad at Christmas. He keeps running into the deputy who he'd had a crush on and who is now married...
I’ve wanted to read something by this author for a while so I was pretty pleased to find this smaller offering. It gives you a good idea of the writing style and characters, but handles some difficult subjects that aren’t going to please all readers. There’s a happy ending that I’m not sure I bought into it fully and the story really lacked something due to the shorter length. However, it’s a quick mostly enjoyable read with characters that are definitely not run of the mill.

The story is told th...more
I like the writing style and the surprising meddling of his father. 3,5 star
After losing his mother before the Christmas holidays, --- goes home to his widowed father and his childhood home. It is always a bittersweet feeling when you go home to your childhood home, but this is worse because the family is grieving the loss of the matriarch of the family, but this gives the perfect setting for a second chances M/M romance.
The second chances love is with the son of the old sheriff and the deputy which is sweet.
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Great Review 1 2 Jul 05, 2010 03:57PM  
Marshall Thornton is an award-winning novelist, playwright and screenwriter living in Long Beach, California. He is best known for the Boystown detective series, which has been short listed for a Rainbow Award three times and has been a finalist for the Lambda Award for gay mystery twice. Other novels include the erotic comedy The Perils of Praline, or the Amorous Adventures of a Southern Gentlema...more
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