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Glass Tidings (2016 Holiday Charity Bundle)

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Eddie Rodrigues doesn’t stay in one place long enough to get attached. The only time he broke that rule, things went south fast. Now he’s on the road again, with barely enough cash in his pocket to hop a bus south after his (sort-of-stolen) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Midwest, USA.

He’s fine. He’ll manage. Until he watches that girl get hit by a car and left t
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ebook, 226 pages
Published December 5th 2016 by Riptide Publishing (first published December 3rd 2016)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
What a gorgeous story! I think this might be Amy Jo Cousins' strongest writing to date.

Eddie is a product of the system. He's a drifter and glass artist, making fairies and unicorns to sell at Shakespearean festivals when the weather's warm. In the winter, he heads to Texas. He doesn't own more than he can carry, and he manages just fine.

Gray shuts people out and wallows in loneliness. He owns a Christmas Shoppe, open only during the holiday season, where he sells ornaments and other baubles.
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
An angsty hurt/comfort, age-gap story about a drifter and a lonely, older man. While there is holiday cheer, you have to wade though lots of pain to get there.

I haven't read much from Amy Jo Cousins, but this was a lovely effort from her. I'm a huge fan of holiday stories, and the cover and blurb for this one drew me right in. However, this one was more angsty than I was anticipating, not that that is necessarily a bad thing.

I liked how the romance was slow burn, though there was some attracti
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Elle the ClosetRomanceReader aka Leftie aka Shoebelle
*ARC received from author in exchange for a review*

Confession #7 of a bookhoarder and bookblogger: I tend to request/receive ARCs from authors whose previous books I own but haven't read. (I know, I know... SMH)

PRO: Obviously there's a reason why I bought their books so it makes me quite excited to start the ARC and when I do end up liking it, I'm doubly excited to get to the author's backlist, if/when I get to it

CON: If I don't end up liking the ARC, then I'm stuck with all those books I've p
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Alisa
Nov 29, 2016 Alisa rated it really liked it
I think this may end up being my favorite holiday story this year. Eddie had difficult childhood and has spent his adult life being mostly transient. He works various Renaissance faires at different times of the year and is currently on his way through a small town on his way to Texas. He pretty much has only the clothes on his back when the car he borrowed? stole? breaks down. This dumps him in a small town where he has the misfortune of seeing a girl ran over by a hit & run driver. He's as ...more
Ellie
Dec 02, 2016 Ellie rated it it was amazing
Oh, that was so good, heart-warming, just perfect for the current turbulent times!

I'm a big fan of Amy Jo Cousins and I have read and enjoyed most of her books. Glass Tidings is no exception, I can honestly say it's one of the best books I read this year.

Glass Tidings is a moving romantic tale where the reclusive, a bit jaded and a lot lonely owner Christmas ornaments shop Gray falls for the always-on-the-road glass artist working at Renaissance fairs Eddie. They meet under very unlikely circum
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Meep
Dec 30, 2016 Meep rated it it was amazing
Lovely heart-warming story. Very slow burn with characters getting to know each other and themselves along the way, adjusting and sometimes messing up, but then getting things right.

I liked how different they were, how different their voices were. Despite being a typical Christmas story it never felt mawkish to me, as so many do. It's a simple story but there's a heaping helping of feelings. It finished before I was quite ready to leave them but that's probably me being greedy.

Hope there'll be a
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Laura
Dec 05, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
Reviewed for From Top to Cottom Reviews

*I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I love Christmas stories. I read them all year round, but there’s something truly special about reading them while the day is cold and rainy – or snowy with a bit of luck – outside.

Glass Tidings is one of those Christmas stories that made me want to own a fireplace so I could lounge in front of it while reading. But it was also one of the stories that surrounded me with warmth eve
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Jewel
3.5 Stars

I've been struggling with this review a bit. While Glass Tidings was a lovely story, and I enjoyed it, it was missing a certain intimacy until the very end that kept me from really connecting with the characters as a couple. I liked the story quite a lot; it was full of hope and new beginnings and I liked the message and the MC's themselves, I just wanted more of a 'connection' that I didn't see until the end of the story.

Eddie Rodrigues is a glass artisan, who doesn't see himself as as
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Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥


You guys, I really tried! So much angst, and I can't live for this.


This was suppose to be my second take with Amy Jo Cousins, I have stayed CLEARED away from her since Off Campus. Off Campus was way too angsty for my taste. I'm a chicken. I don't deal well with angst. Glass Tidings was so hard for me to get through. I kinda got defeated midpoint through the story. I LOATHED the non communication between these two. It was so much internal dialogue, and not enough dialogue between the charac
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CrabbyPatty
Eddie Rodrigues likes to keep on the move, going around the country on the Ren faire circuit until the off-season when he winters in Texas with an old friend, Rhonda. Eddie is a glass artist churning out unicorns, fairies, mermaids a couple dozen at a time. "It's not art. I'm like one of those line machines in a factory, doing the same things over and over again." Eddie travels light and leaves fast ... until he finds himself in Clear Lake, Iowa for an extended period of time after witnessing a ...more
Didi
3.25 stars

This story gives a different vibes to the author's usual books that I read so far. It's a sweet and heartwarming holiday romance with charming characters and little steamy scenes. And then there's the age gap between Gray and Eddie...

It all began on a late Thanksgiving day, when an almost tragic accident happened in a small town Clear Lake. The only witness to the accident was a wanderer, Eddie Rodrigues whose gig took him from Ren Faire to Faire all year round. Needed him to stay arou
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UltraMeital
Beautiful, so so beautiful and heartfelt. The only thing I could have asked for isn't from Amy.. There was a party at my neighbors the day I started reading and so at a certain point I literally got nauseated from the loud HORRIBLE music (karaoke included...) and I just couldn't continue.. my only complaint is I couldn't read the book in one gulp as I wished (finished it the day after). Why am I mentioning this? because in a way it "worked" with the fact both MC in this book are a sort of loners ...more
Sadonna
Dec 09, 2016 Sadonna rated it really liked it
This review and much more can be found at The Novel Approach

Poor Eddie can’t catch a break. He’s left his sort-of-boyfriend in Chicago and is headed to Texas when the ex’s car breaks down outside a small Illinois town. He’s worked the Ren Faires in the summer and since things didn’t work out with the ex, he’s headed for warmer climes with friends for the winter. But then he accidentally becomes the material witness in a hit and run, and so he’s asked to stay put for a while until the local polic
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The Novel Approach Reviews
Dec 05, 2016 The Novel Approach Reviews rated it really liked it
Poor Eddie can’t catch a break. He’s left his sort-of-boyfriend in Chicago and is headed to Texas when the ex’s car breaks down outside a small Illinois town. He’s worked the Ren Faires in the summer and since things didn’t work out with the ex, he’s headed for warmer climes with friends for the winter. But then he accidentally becomes the material witness in a hit and run, and so he’s asked to stay put for a while until the local police can follow up—and, of course, this happens Thanksgiving ev ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
ARC provided by the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an impartial review.

Well, this turned out to be an amazing Christmas gift! In the early chapters, I was worried that this might be one that I’d have to force myself to read, but I forged ahead a little further anyway and suddenly—surprise, surprise—I was caught up in the story. So, although the author didn’t grab me in the first few chapters while she was building the storyline and character backgrounds, I was hooked by about 20%
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Veronica of V's Reads
4.5 Stars.

Eddie Rodrigues is kicking himself bigtime for hanging out with his new boyfriend instead of following the Ren Faire folks south for the winter. But, the promise of a homecooked Thankisgiving meal with a good-looking man seemed too good to be true. Unfortunately, it was.

That's why Eddie took off. This time. He'd foolishly let himself believe he was worth more than the cast-offs he'd come to expect in life--since way before he left the foster care system. Naturally, because Eddie's lif
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Chris, the Dalek King
When what was supposed to have been a special holiday treat away from the constant travel that comes with working the Ren Faire circuit turns out to be nothing more than smoke and mirrors (emphasis on the smoke) Eddie Rodrigues leaves his druggy ex and heads back towards Texas where a friend has agreed to put him up for the winter. Texas may not be where he had hoped to spend the holidays, but then again, where he had hoped to spend them was pretty damn disappointing, so it isn’t that big of a l ...more
Aerin
Dec 07, 2016 Aerin rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc
Ohhh, this story was so beautiful, with just the perfect amount of angst and holiday spirit! Without any doubt, I consider this Amy's best writing to date.

Eddie Rodriquez had been through many foster homes in his life, so many in fact, that he's learned not to get attached and to always rely on nobody else but himself. He doesn't own anything he can't carry with him anywhere he goes, and drifts from state to state, working Renaissance Fairs to sell his beautiful glass creations. After witnessing
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Stevie Carroll
Dec 29, 2016 Stevie Carroll rated it really liked it
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread:

Of the three authors contributing to this year’s Riptide Charity Bundle, Amy Jo Cousins is the most familiar to me, although I’ve previously read her stories featuring couples of college age or just a little older. For the Festive offering, by way of a contrast, we get to meet a pair of more mature characters – one in terms of experiences, the other definitely in terms of years. This novel is also the most obviously Christmas-themed of the
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Melissa
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley.

This book turned out to be deeper and more emotional than I expected. I thought, from the blurb, this would be a cute Christmas story with low angst. I'm not saying the angst was a ten, but it certainly wasn't a one. Sheesh, I can't really describe how complex a character Eddie Rodrigues is. He's a traveling glass artist who sticks to the Renaissance fairs, moving place to place based on the weather. His upbringing wasn't the best
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HappilyEverChapter
> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Snowy scene with a glass ornament in the foreground, a shadowy figure midway back and a small, lit home in the distance. Catchy font, legible. Synopsis sounds intriguing and makes me pull for Eddie already!
For me, it was not the cover nor the synopsis, but an excerpt that I'd read in the author's newsletter that tormented me worse than a feline with catnip!
> > Looking Deeper < <
Eddie's a drifter, a glass-work artist that travels the
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Ije the Devourer of Books
Dec 04, 2016 Ije the Devourer of Books rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

This is a heart warming story and just right for Christmas.

Eddie is a drifter. He never stays in any place too long and he earns a living making glass decorations and selling them at renaissance fairs. He gets on ok but deep within him is a yearning for something more stable and loving.

Life changes for him when he is passing through a small town, fleeing a relationship that failed to deliver, and witnesses a hit and run accident.

Covered in blood and shocked Eddie is asked to help the lo
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Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Glass Tidings wasn't your typical happy go lucky holiday romance, but it was heart-warming and complex and very, very enjoyable. A horrible accident and a twist of fate bring two men together during the holiday season; one is running and he's not sure if he's running from something or to it and the other is living a solitary half life, together they find friendship, comfort and more but learning to trust again just may be their downfall.

All E
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Kirsten
Nov 27, 2016 Kirsten rated it it was amazing
Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins is another home run. I have yet to read anything by her that I didn't love.

AJC is one of those authors that creates real people with real histories and real motivations. The people that she writes about have reasons behind their actions and those reasons, when we're inside their heads, make sense and are believable. I have yet to read a characterization of hers that didn't make sense. She also is able to have characters participate in things that some might find
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SmartBitches
Dec 13, 2016 SmartBitches rated it it was amazing
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

I barely recognize myself anymore. For years I’ve sneered at holiday romance and this year I’m devouring everything red, green, and glittered. Christmas has never been my favorite holiday, but in light of Dumpster Fire 2016 I’m grasping for anything happy and joyful –even if the holidays previously felt over commercialized and fake. I put up every holiday decoration I could find in the back corners of my basement. I racked up my MasterCard bill over-indu
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Kaje Harper
Dec 29, 2016 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, comfort-reread
Glass Tidings is a low-key, slow burn holiday romance. Eddie had a neglectful mother, and then grew up in the foster care system, mostly in group homes. He's had impermanence deeply imprinted into his soul. When you can be moved to an entirely new home, school and life, on a moment's notice, with no more possessions than you can fit in a trash bag, you learn to not get attached to stuff. Or people. Eddie ran away at 16 and has been working the Ren Faire circuit ever since. He's now a skilled gla ...more
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
I was immediately sucked into this book as I read the opening scenes. Eddie is a drifter, someone who travels light. He's chosen this lifestyle because it suits him. He doesn't really stay in one place too long, and he's on the way to Texas for their Renaissance Faire season where he makes glass trinkets for the faire goers. He thought he might try settling down, but when that doesn't turn out the way he plans, he borrows a car, drives until it breaks down, and then proceeds on foot to the neare ...more
Ele
Dec 02, 2016 Ele rated it really liked it
Shelves: holidays
~3.5 stars~

This was a great story, warm and fuzzy, but with a melancholy that often accompanies Christmas. I prefer my holiday stories to be on the sad side but with a very hopeful and happy ending. Just like this one.

First of all, I have to say that the writing here is phenomenal. Even when the characters frustrated me, I could always appreciate the strong writing. I think this is one of Cousins's strongest stories, writing wise.

I loved the imperfect characters; Eddie, the glass artist/drifter
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Christi Snow
Dec 05, 2016 Christi Snow rated it really liked it
My Review:
What a sweet story about small town, dealing with loneliness, and the reminder that everyone needs someone, especially at this time of the years.

Eddie was traveling by foot, trying to get to Texas before Christmas when he witnessed a girl hit by a car. He rushes to her aid just as the guy who hits her drives away. It's traumatic and a crime and Eddie ends up getting stuck at Gray's house because the seemingly one-person police force needs more information from him.

Gray is his own type
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Juxian
Dec 09, 2016 Juxian rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
I liked this story a lot but I must say it took me quite a long while to connect with the characters. Mostly Eddie. That is, intellectually I understood why he behaved the way he did but I didn't like him in my heart. Till the moment when he told his story, and it was about half way through to the book. Gray, though - while there were moments when I was mad with him, I also understood him completely all the time and it was easy to sympathize with him.
I also had a bit of problem with the style in
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