A Home for the Holidays
"A Home for the Holidays" is a short story about a boy from Philly whose mother arranges a Christmas break visit with his distant relatives on the island of Capri, Italy.
In the book's 40 pages, there's enough background info provided to get an idea of the two main characters, Bobby, an uptight law student and his Italian third cousin, Paolo, a floundering playboy with a hidden talent for men's fashion design sketches.
The story is very vivid in its description of the island and its food, as Paulo ...more
It feels really shitty to be so negative about a 52 page story and a Christmas story at that. I hate when this happens but I cannot find a single positive thing to say about it. There were so many ...more
These guys were total opposites and I didn't buy their attraction at all. Plus the cousin factor was a bit *icky* for me.
Dull story and no big surprises, oh well.
Sexy male characters, quirky families, a bit of mystery, a bit of love, all spun together with a talented pen.
A Home for the Holiday's is a fantastically crafted story that I will read, and listen to time and time again!
Bobby is an out-gay, law student who is second-gen Italian-American with a doting mother and a family who loves him. They are a bit outrageous, as a family, but this Christmas will be different. Uncle Bobby won't have to sit at the kids table because he lacks a partner. Nope, Mama has arranged to send Bobby to meet his distant relatives on the island of Capri for Christmas.
Bobby has been a student of Italian for ...more
Joe Cosentino’s holiday novella, A Home for the Holidays, delivers in every way that a romantic, feel-good story should. Every book I read by this author continuously pulls me in and wraps me up like a warm blanket.
Bobbi McGrath is a college law student who is constantly made to feel like one of the younger children that gathers around the small table, set off to the side, at the holiday dinners. This year, however, instead of going home like he usually does, he is going to Capri, Italy to ...more
There was something about this book that just irked me, and I can't place my finger on any one particular thing. It was very stereotypical and surface level, which isn't something I'm used to with Cosentino's books. And I mean, I get it a little bit, and I can be somewhat forgiving. It is only 52 pages, so there has to be some pruning somewhere. I understand that this couldn't be the full-length novel ...more
Sorry Dorothy, but after reading Joe Cosentino, I have to disagree with you – home is where you make it! and this book proves it beyond doubt.
Ok, I admit it’s short, but again this book brings home another good point – it’s all about quality not quantity. It’s so very sweet, I sat down to read it on a miserable, cold, blustery, wet day in the UK and was transported within a few pages to the beautiful island of Capri. I was their ...more
It never ceases to amaze me about how extended Italian families seem to be or more importantly how they ever manage to keep tabs on who is related to whom. Bobby goes to Capri to spend his time with ...more
This was such a sweet romance. The book begins when Bobby goes to visit his family in Italy for Christmas. He ends up spending a lot of time with his cousin, Paolo, who happens to be gay. While he picks his cousin’s mind about Italy, Bobby realizes that he is falling for him. Though the idea weirds him out at first, it doesn’t bother him too much since they are so far removed. They come together for a brief time, but the road ahead of them is not as clear as Bobby had hoped. When Bobby’s ...more
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 4 Stars
(Based on Short&Light Read Category)
A Home for the Holidays is a Christmas story set in Capri. Bobby is too focused on his studies and his family fears his burn out. Their solution? Send him off to Capri and in the process, get to know his Italian relatives and forget, for once, that he is studying for the Boards. He goes and meets a family whose arms open wide and dump ...more
Another thing I like about Joe Cosentino's stories is that they are sexy though most ...more
Bobby travels to beautiful Capri to visit his extended family and learns to relax and finds love in his third cousin Paolo, who in turn will learn there's more to life than partying.
This story was sweet and short, perhaps a bit too short, as I would've loved to see a bit more of Bobby and Paolo's life in the future, but perhaps in another story? *hint hint nudge nudge* The boys were as opposite as they could be, Bobby ...more
Bobby goes to Italy during the Christmas Holidays to meet his mother's family.
There he meets Paolo a young man and distant relative.
The both of them get to know each other and share their respective dreams and desires.
Becoming close and personal.... until they have to decide if they want to be together.
I have to say the book description of the Capri area is beautiful....
You see, I'm italian, and I happen to know Capri island very well, because my family has a holiday home there.
So, what's the matter? Same old story: the wrong representation of italian people, that I found in almost every non italian book that I’ve read.
The only book that didn't fall in stereotypes about italians? It was the beautiful Call Me by Your Name.
First of all, it's true that Catholicism is ...more
As the son of an Italian mama, Bobby knows what it is to bow from pressure from said mama, so when she suggests he spend Christmas with his Italian cousins on the isle of Capri and goes so far as to buy his ticket, he has no choice but to capitulate. Once there, he meets his extended family, which includes his gorgeous, friendly third cousin, Paolo. Over the course of the holiday, the sparks ignite ...more
Rating 4 Hearts
Our story opens with Bobby McGrath having a hilarious conversation with his mother on the telephone. Bobby, a law student, is about to embark on a trip to meet his Italian relatives for Christmas.
He arrives after a long trip on the island of Capri, to see the amazing villa and the extended family surrounded by amazing views, none more gorgeous than Bobby’s cousin Paolo Mascobello. Paolo is charged with acting the tour guide to the ...more
Bobby and Paolo meet on a beautiful island, when Bobby goes to spend Christmas with his Italian relatives.
Bobby is able to help Paolo, but he also needs to help himself. He's been playing it safe instead of reaching for his dreams.
This is a wonderful and charming story of taking chances, facing your fears and finding love. I enjoyed every moment of it.
3.5 rounded up for great narration.
This is a very short and sweet listen. There is a little angst and due to its length, a little insta love, but I enjoyed the audiobook version. Joel Leslie's accents and characterizations really kept me engaged in Bobbi and Paulo's courtship. Even the HFN ending felt satisfying and I would look forward to hearing whether their potential relationship works out.
Maybe it was a little too insta-love. Only a couple of days in, and Bobby was already in love with Paolo.
I would have liked more of the boys and the growth of their relationship rather than the sightseeing narration of Capri.
If you are looking for a sweet tale of love during the holidays, look no futher than A Home for the Holidays by Joe Cosentino.
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This review will cover both books about Bobby and Paolo.
The plots are decent and believable, the insta-lust and love not, but why worry? This is a delightful three novella series (the second book has two novellas a year apart). You will come to love Bobby, the ginger on the left, and totally respect Paolo, his third cousin.
The thing about these two books is that they feature members of two very well described, if somewhat stereotypical, families of Italian origin. Bobby and ...more
One weeks vacation for Bobby does wonders for him and turns into a gorgeous story. Beautifully written and described.
Bobby was turning 24 soon he was studying law as a student. This Christmas he was planning to be in Italy visiting his cousins.
Paolo is Bobby's 3rd cousin and have things in ...more
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