Christmas at the Wellands
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...more
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.
This takes place after Kev is back on a more even keel than when he was dangero ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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.
I thought the moments after the characters get together were very sweet and super hot. It nails that overwhelming, ...more
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.
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.
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.
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.
She has spent a lot of her time flitting from passion project to passion project, but writing ...more