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Thyme (Naughty or Nice)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  10 reviews
This title is part of the 2010 Advent Calendar: Naughty or Nice

Julien Lafayette and Gregory Verne, best friends since they were children, could have been more... but Julien was too afraid of destroying their friendship to act on his feelings. By the time he built up his courage, Verne had joined the Marines. Luckily for Julien, his Nana—the witchdoctor of New Orleans—alway
ebook, 58 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Dreamspinner Press

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Serena Yates
What an amazing story. Second chances always fascinate me, and this one was more heart-rending and fascinating than most. I was in tears a third into the book, thinking that this couldn't end well. But it's a Christmas story, right? So I read on. Next I was about to throw it against the wall in disgust - because it looked pretty bleak. And it got a lot worse before it got better.

The recovery at the end was brilliant. I found myself wishing it could be like this for more people. A truly happy end
This story starts with Julien having a “feeling”. He’s learned to trust his family’s sixth sense and knows something’s coming and finds a package from his nana with some herbal tea. Just after he drinks it, he gets a call from the parents of his childhood friend who’s in Afghanistan, saying he was injured and is in a hospital in Germany and he needs to come. Although Julien has been in love with Verne (they go by Jules and Verne) since he was a kid, it’s not clear exactly what happened, but he r ...more
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There is pain, suffering but ultimately joy in Foster’s “Thyme.” I’ll be honest, the pain and suffering even as I read the happy ending, still lingers with me, a day later. Yes this is a Christmas tale with magic but the beginning chapters are as emotionally heartfelt and painfully real as anything I’ve read. Some of us have experienced a missed opportunity of loving a special someone, whether the result of bad timing or fear of rejection. We don’t usually get an opportunity for a ‘do over’ and ...more
Joyfully Jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

For a short story, Thyme is extremely well written, with lots of depth in terms of plot and characters. Foster wrote a cool time travel story that was not too complicated or confusing and had me cheering Julian on. I can’t say much more without giving away the coolness of the ending.

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For such a short story it took its own sweet time getting going. The ending I knew was coming from the very beginning so it was frustrating waiting to get to it. There was a lot of inter dialogue about the "big mistake" Jules had made, but when we finally see the scene we never exactly find out what he did to set this whole story in motion. Because not making the first move seems like a weak reason for someone to run off and join the military. Maybe that's just mean. An inaction causing such a h ...more
Very powerful and emotional read for a short story. I was wondering how this could end with a happy ending, but it did! I don't want to give anything away to spoil it, but I really enjoyed this one!
Holy hell! Don't read without tissues! Or, is that just me....? Let's hope Nana was right.
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3.5 stars
I would have loved a different ending.
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I've wanted to be an author since I was a child. Now I just want to be a better one.

I probably wouldn't have even started writing original fiction if I hadn't received a fortune cookie that said: You have a charming way with words and should write a book.

When I'm not writing--which isn't often--I edit for other writers, read, and sing.
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