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Christmas at the Wellands

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  39 reviews

Kev's had a truly horrible year. After losing his mom, he was plunged into a deep depression, and only pulled through with his best friend Andrew's help. So when Andrew invites him to spend Christmas with his family in Connecticut, it would be pretty crappy to turn down the invitation, despite not being sure how he would fit in with Andrew's very white, very wholesome fami

Kindle Edition, First edition, 88 pages
Published January 4th 2018 by Liz Jacobs
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Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holidays
Roll out the red carpet for Liz Jacobs! Why is this the first time I hear about this author? I can't believe this is FREE !

Amazing writing, great narrative and very good rep. This is a relatively short, Christmas, New Adult story. No fluff, it's mostly on the heavy side with a big dose of family. So good.
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
This is not your typical fluffy holiday story. Christmas at the Wellands is rather depressing. Kev's mindset was realistic, and I didn't need all the rainbows, but a less abrupt ending would have been appreciated.
Skye Kilaen
After reading Abroad by Jacobs, which was *amazing*, I was unsurprised that she rocked this new adult M/M friends to lovers holiday story. Kev, a black college student, lost his mother and then almost lost his own life to depression (suicide attempt), pulling through with the help of his white roommate Andrew. Whom Kev has a crush on. Which makes it complicated when Kev agrees to spend Christmas with Andrew's family.

This takes place after Kev is back on a more even keel than when he was dangero
This is a sweet M/M Christmas story with a Black protagonist and nice depression/mental health rep. also lots of family scenes. it does have a sex scene so be aware of that.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I did some editing for this, but I found I then had to re-read it immediately it was released. This is a very cute Christmas novella about mental health, other people's families being weird, and what love might mean.

The characters really stuck with me. This isn't a surprise - Liz is very good at characters - but it's hard to do in a short, where every word counts. I found this very quietly moving. The characters do learn and grow here, but it's much more about that stage of becoming an adult wh
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: readathon18
#readathon18 Μία νουβέλα

This was such a lovely and comforting story, like a fluffy blanket and a mug of hot chocolate in story form. Short, sweet, immersive and moving. An LGBTQ+ setting, with family relations and mental health at its core, handled with care and humanity and tenderness. A simple story but told with love, and it shows.
I had read many good things about Liz Jacobs and I wanted to give her work a try. I'm very happy that I did and this was also free! I can't wait to read her other
Rafa Brewster
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finally read this book after a year on my Kindle, and it's definitely jumpstarted ny Christmas spirit. It's sensitive and sweet with the loveliest slow burn. I enjoyed the large family setting which seems a nice departure from a lot Christmas romances - it really painted a warm and cozy picture, complete with all the chaos and the usual bad egg in every family. I particularly loved how nuanced Kev's POV was as a young Black man from the city out of his element having a very white suburban Chri ...more
DNF @43%. The writing is fine, but it's just not grabbing me. Maybe because the thought of spending days with a friend's extended family at Christmas seems awful to this introvert. *shudders*
Suzanne Rooyen
I rarely read contemporary stories like this, but this was a refreshing slice-of-life short that would appeal to older YA and NA readers looking for a feel-good LGBT read.
Kev had suffered a loss and a devastating depression. So when his best friend and roommate convinced Kev to come home with him, Kev still wasn't sure it was a great idea, but it was better than sitting alone in their dorm room.

I loved this different type of Christmas story. Considering how many people, suffering from depression, struggle with the holidays, Kev's thoughts and initial struggles felt realistic. Even though Andrew's family was the exact opposite of Kev's , I loved how being around
Novel Ninja
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very sweet novella

Generally, I find novellas too short to really tell a story well, but this one came as close as any to have plot, issues of belonging/acceptance, and some character development. I prefer novels where I can really get to know the characters, but this was sweet and satisfying. And asks the right questions about Titanic.
Cat M
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: acquired
Yes, I realize it’s March, but I wanted a not-too-long, not-too-angsty bit of HAE and I knew Liz Jacobs would deliver.

This is sweet, but not cloying. With a realistic level of imperfection and seriousness without too much angst.

Kev, our pov character is recovering from a dark depression and a suicide attempt, but the narrative handles his health well, without dwelling on it unduly or turning into inspiration porn. And the way Kev approaches his first encounter with white, suburban, family holida
Jan 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
The story start with Kev and Andrew already being friends but i didn't felt the friendship, i felt like they barely knew each other and were not necessarly at ease with each other and then the big revelation (view spoiler) so i don't know but it's a cute story i gu ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christmas miracle

This was touching and heart breaking at the same time.
Kevan is recovering from depression and trying to take his life. His best friend Andrew invites him to spend Christmas with him and hisfamily.
The emotions Kevin goes through is so heart breaking. You just want to hug him and say it's going to be ok.
Andrew the fixer you got to love him, is there for Kevin whether he knows it or not.
Just a sweet romance of discovery and joy.
Jan 12, 2018 marked it as not-interested-or-lost-interest
Shelves: m-m, lgbtqia, freebie
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yes-please
So charming and cozy and sweet and exactly what you want to read at Christmas!
OMG, what a goodie!! It's so hard to convey a compelling story in a few short pages but this book does it well. Kevan and Andrew are roommates in college. It's clear through some cleverly placed hints that something traumatic has happened to Kevan. Andrew is going to his parent's home for Christmas and he's bringing Kevan. Kevan is wary for several reasons and there's an element of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" about the situation (yes, you'll have to Google that to find out what I mean). Andre ...more
3.5 stars probably? This is totally my jam since I love romances about good people who struggle with mental health issues finding happiness and security. I also like ones that don't shy away from tensions created by differences (class, race, etc.) so I didn't see this as depressing like some people seemed to. I love love stories but I can only read so much shiny happy Hallmark stuff.

I thought the moments after the characters get together were very sweet and super hot. It nails that overwhelming,
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Liz asked me to beta this for her and it was a quiet day at work, so I said sure. It was kind of long, so I figured I'd edit ten pages at a time, between working. I started and was at 20 pages before I noticed. "Okay," I thought. "25 pages at at time." But I couldn't stop - I just kept going. The characters were so true to life and compelling - obviously Kev and Andrew in particular, but honestly the whole family as well. I could SEE the house in my mind's eye, I could feel the revelry and frant ...more
This is a moving, sensitive friends to lovers story. Not the typical fluffy holiday read, this one addresses the subjects of loss, depression, self-harm, and the culture shock of being immersed in a large, Caucasian, suburban Connecticut family Christmas through the viewpoint of a struggling inner city black college student whose roommate/best friend/secret crush invites him home for the holidays. But, in spite of all that, this is not a dark, depressing story. It's a story of friendship, family ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked to be in Kev's head and his thoughts sounded very believable. Even though Kev is fighting depression, the story is quite sweet (I know other people have a different opinion). On the negative side: it is just quite short and with too many descriptions of Christmassy/family stuff.
I recommend Abroad: Book One of the same author.

Warning: past suicide attempt, depression.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I will officially read anything Liz Jacobs writes.

My only regret about this story is that it’s not a full length book — it doesn’t need to be, as the story stands on its own at this length, but I loved Kev and Andrew enough that I want more of them.

The epilogue was wonderful, funny, and unexpected — I want more epilogues to be like that, in fact. Other writers take note.
Charles Cohen
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Long delayed love

When his roommate invites him to his family’s luxurious home in Connecticut for Christmas, Kev is uncertain what to expect. Kev is black and openly gay - very different from Andrew, his privileged best friend. During their stay with Andrew’s family, the two learn a lot about themselves and each other, bringing the friends closer together. Very well written and quite memorable.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet, and not just for Christmas

I enjoyed reading this. It's a bit sad - Kev lost his mum and is dealing with depression. Funny, as we meet Andrew's family - 'terrifying twins', kooky aunt Sandy. And sweet, when Andrew and Kev finally realise that they have feelings for each other.
Lovely story.
Lotta Andersson
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
So much love for this book. Adorable couple.

I've reread the ending a few times and keep coming back to it for the warm fuzzy feeling I get. As I do with the author's other books.

Love love love.
Terri Jones
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: special-ones
THIS IS SO GOOD. Sorry for yelling but go read it! It's currently inexplicably free but I'd have happily paid for this one. There are a couple typos but I don't care, it doesn't matter. It's a delight all the way through to the last word.
Albert Lala
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a satisfying read. It was realistic in how it dealt with depression, loss, racism, odd family dynamics, and feeling like you don't really belong. I liked the dynamics between Andrew and Kev even before they became a couple. Lovely friends to lovers NA story.
Adorable! I really like the protagonists.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars

I liked this holiday story
Asia Peterson
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So Cute!!!!

Oh my gosh! What do I say about this completely adorable story!? I love it! It too cute for words!!
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Liz Jacobs came over with her family from Russia at the age of 11, as a Jewish refugee. All in all, her life has gotten steadily better since that moment. They settled in an ultra-liberal haven in the middle of New York State, which sort of helped her with the whole “grappling with her sexuality” business.

She has spent a lot of her time flitting from passion project to passion project, but writing

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