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Let It Sew

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  49 reviews
It’s the day before the last day of term and Year One teacher Harry Britton has a problem: all of the costumes for his nativity play have been destroyed by accident. The only person who can possibly help him is Edward Saunders, who runs a small tailor and alterations shop in the village.

Edward is more than a little shocked to be asked to make seventeen costumes for five ye
Published November 24th 2019
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Len Evans Jr
This adorable and sweet very short story is polished and complete... if your looking for a HEA this is not it as they are just about to go on their first date as the story ends. I loved both of the MCs and considering the length of the story very well developed. Definitely a fun and easy read and I would love to see the author to take these two further in additional stories!
I rather enjoyed this Christmas short. It was no steam no angst dual POV novelette featuring a banker turned elementary school teacher and a tailor in a small village in Dartmoor. I was charmed by the British colloquialisms and two men who were both a bit shy but wanted the same in life. The author managed to give just enough history about both men, Harry and Edward (the names alone are swoon worthy when put together), that I really cared and wanted them to be happy by the end of this little sni ...more
Denise H.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warm hearts have found hope !

A fantastic short story set in England at Christmas time. Edward is an established tailor working at his shop. A man rushes in with an important mission; to get Nativity costumes for his class. A tragedy befell the intended outfits, so time was of the essence. We like each man right away from their actions and demeanors. A night spent assembling the desired characters small sized apparel was intensely hard work. The two men get to talk and get to know each other, wh

Sweet little story of a grade 1 teacher, Harry, in need of help with costumes for the end of year school play. In comes Edward for the rescue. The two work together to get it done and well doing so get to know one another a little more.
4 Stars

This slice-of-life nibblet gave me the sweetest feeling of comfort and warmth. I love reading about small English villages, their inhabitants, and their local color. The two MCs face a big challenge, but they tackle it with optimism and admirable good cheer; even though the events happen quickly I was completely convinced that these two will make it work. They are perfect together!

This story was just plain cute, and I greatly enjoyed it!

What a tasty little holiday delicacy!
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a cute and charming little short story. It captured the christmas spirit. I admit, I'm not a great fan of short stories because I often feel like I'm missing out. But despite the fact that I would have loooooved to see the starting relationship to progress, this was the magical moment in time and I loved it. 4-5 stars ...more
I loved all of this except for how short it was. From the very first page I was caught up in the tale and knew I would want more.

Christmas magic!
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, christmas-story
This is a super sweet story about a teacher who turns to a local tailor to help him create 20 some nativity play costumes for the next day as the originals were ruined. He is called into help and after success, he makes the move to approach the tailor who is very shy. This takes place over about 24-36 hours so it's only the start of the story and if you like sweet stories with no explicit content this is for you. The panic of trying to find costumes and the calm cool Harry who just got onto the ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc, holiday, mm, dsp

This was an adorable one! I liked how Edward and Harry got connected easily. Maybe because in a little town, people usually less worry about talking to stranger.
Helping Harry made costumes for his students, they became close easily.
It was fast, but hey! Christmas is about magical things.
A definite comfort read in a holiday seasons! Happy holiday everyone!
I LOVED this sweet Christmas story.

It's charming and lovely with some snark to give it a little spice. It's exactly what I look for in a holiday tale.
Courtney Bassett

This short brought to life a quaint English village and the bustle of last-minute preparations for a Christmas play, and the characters were endearing. I’m always a bit sad when just as the characters acknowledge interest in each other, the story is over, but I suppose there’s only so much you can fit in a short. Still, I enjoyed the read and the atmosphere it created.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Low-key, charming sweetness.
Jules Lovestoread
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maybe closer to 3.5 stars - but, I so enjoyed the charming little story. <3 <3 <3
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet and just right

Exactly what one would expect for a sweet Christmas story with a beginning to a relationship I wish I could read more about. There’s enough subtext that you can guess that the costume shrinkage prompting the teacher to ask the tailor for help was accidentally-on-purpose, LOL. I like stories like this. Sweet as cranberry orange bread. 😊
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Low-key sweet and delightful without being sappy and tooth-gritting. Hit exactly the right note for a short-and-sweet holiday romance.
Lena Grey
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
“My soul is fed with needle and thread.” ~

Edward, of ‘Let It Sew’ by Ana Martin, is surprised when a handsome young man. Harry, rushes into his shop with an urgent request. Harry is a first-year teacher at the local school. The costumes for their Advent presentation have been ruined and he needs Edward’s help to replace them. Edward is hesitant to take on the task, but Harry seems so desperate that he can’t turn him down.

The Advent play is an important event in town: Harry is worried
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xmas-time
4-1/2 Stars
In my reading experience tailors of higher end quality items, whether they are in a large or small shop, tend to be a bit on the snooty side, thinking they are a little above everyday/off the rack items. Edward Saunders is not and I think that was what made me love him from the very beginning. When Harry Britton comes into his shop and is in need of children's costumes for a school Christmas play Edward sounds hesitant for a few minutes then sees the desperation on Harry's face and ju
Benjamin Wong
Charming little story to start me off on my Christmas reading. I've always found English Christmases to be quaint, charming and eclectic, and this little short story captured the mood of it with its setting. I liked that it was not a meet-cute-jump-into-bed kind of story, but rather a shy, slow dance with plenty of stealing glances and "is he or is he not into me". The ending might seem abrupt, but the sweet kiss at the end was a perfect punctuation to the story, though I would have loved it if ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think this is the last of the short stories I had downloaded, and it seems I saved the best for last. This was a sweet and gentle romance  set in a small village where everybody knew the new teacher was gay and wanted to pair him up with their gay tailor. The whole thing was so sweet, I thourghly enjoyed it. These two are the gentlest and sweetest men you could meet.  The overwhelming watchful eyes of the whole village, while struggling to fit the little kids with their Christmas play costumes ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dream jobs and hard work

This was such a cute and hopeful short story with just the right holiday connection to it and a very supportive town. Edward is a tailor who is very good at his job but also willing to help out in his small town, which is great when Harry comes by desperate for help making the costumes for the nativity play. The two work together so well and it makes for such a heart warming story. Their chemistry is undeniable and you can't help but root for the play to go off well and f
Novellas are hard, and I just feel like this one slightly missed. Don’t get me wrong, it’s cute, but it just left me thinking “that’s it?!” And not because of the length. The MCs don’t really interact all that much in my opinion, and I don’t see how they’ve even started to fall for each other. I fully acknowledge this is probably a me issue though, so I still suggest everyone checks it out for themselves.
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet little novelette that was fun to read. It was a quick read, but just long enough to get enough background story on the 2 main characters for the reader to root for them.

A primary teacher and the tailor who helps him with a musical nativity emergency. There's no heat (if that's what you're looking for) but a satisfactory HEA (or potential for HEA) that takes place in what sounds like a cute little village somewhere in England.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short, sweet Christmas wish granted

A short, sweet story with low-heat chemistry between two nice guys on their mid-thirties who want to find someone, but haven’t found the right person ...yet?

I could see this develop into a full-length book as they navigate living in a small gossipy town as gay men in a relationship versus publicly celibate gay men.

But as a bit of Christmas wish fulfillment, this story is very nice.
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/4* for a lovely, though short, Christmas feel good read.
Edward is the very dapper tailer and Harry is the primary school teacher in need of a miracle.
I liked that Edward didn’t do it all himself, making Harry help. And that the end was just a hint of possibility rather than full tilt into a relationship.
Short, sweet and enjoyable.
Lala Albert
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an adorable short little story. Very short. It's really just the first meeting of the two MCs, but there is definitely a hopeful ending for more. Short and supremely sweet. Very well written. I definitely wanted more of these two. ...more
Lovely romance

This is a really short Christmas romance where a tailor rescues a primary school teacher, who needed Christmas play costumes made on an emergency basis. Even though short, the writing is good with cute guys connecting over Christmas.
Now this one had some meat on its bones! Sweet Xmas read about Edward, a tailor of bespoke men's suits and Harry, a primary grade teacher. We get some lovely backstory on both, nicely woven into the narrative. Lovely flirting and cute ending. ...more
Nov 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, bingo, zz-2020
This was a good story, but it seriously left me wanting more. We barely got any interaction with the MCs and I just didn't feel the fireworks. I really could have used another 50 pages to see what happened next! This was just a little teaser. ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet story! I would have loved to see what happened to them after that thorough snog, but it will be fun imagining it.
HFN ending with no sex, but great chemistry. Still a cute, Christmassy, small town romance quick read.

Tags: Location: A small town in Northern Dartmoor, Devon, UK
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Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Frin

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