as elegant as it is affecting. a triumph of the lovely and the heartfelt over the schmaltzy and the superficial.
i am done-in. i have tears streaking my cheeks as i type this.
rejoice; rejoice; for some stories lift you up in an embrace, and hold you there for a little while.
this is one of them.
merry christmas, goodreads.
This story reminded me a little of the Prince and the pauper, Jonah really is the poor little rich boy, such a good and sweet child, but his parents don't want him, so his school and choir is his home.
Callum, I loved him, he's poor and has a stressed mom and an absent father and an annoying sister and ADHD as well, but he's loved and has a home.
Callum lets his feelings out, always in motion and talking and 'hyper' where as Jonah is so quiet and self contained.
A feel-good Christmas book about art, music, and friendships spanning more than a decade. A story of love, destiny, and second chances.
There were moments, he'd always believed, when you could feel your life changing around you. He could feel that weight in the air now, every crisp detail of the medieval walls around him heavy with significance.
Definite must read to keep you warm for the holidays.
The story was structured into present and past chapters. Ten years after an argument and hurtful words separated them, Jonah reunited with his child-best-friend Callum. At first, the time switch between present and past pushed me out of the story. I wasnt prepared for such structure. However, after awhile, it was getting easier, and I actually enjoyed the past portion of the story.
There was something innocent with the two best friends, coming from different family background: Jonah was ...more
I freaking LOVED this book! It was so well written I felt like I was in the setting, watching from a distance, while reading. Jonah and Callum are characters that will stay with me. There's nothing missing here but I'd love to read more about these two.
Another little jewel!
Totally, utterly, magnificently beautiful!
"I heard you coming. I knew it was you. Nobody else I know sings in Latin for fun."
It left you with a smile on your face and a craving to read more of Callum and Jonah!
A must read not only for a Christmas time!
(view spoiler)[And if Jonah found Callum on Grindr so easily, why couldn't he have found him before? (hide spoiler)]
I may have enjoyed it more if I were in proper holiday spirit.
Callum is a joy. A lovely thoughtful hyper delight. Jonah's more reserved nature hides an inner strength. Together they fit. No on-page sex, just a developing awareness that what they both want is finally about to happen...
Merry Xmas story # 5.
Sweet holiday story of two friends who reconnect after years. It is a lovely retrospective of Jonah and Callum's youthful friendship and how they regain what they lost all those years ago.
Perhaps you could only be that fearless when you were a child.
What a sweet and lovely story of two childhood friends, come together and find love in each other's arms.
Easy and angst free shortie (with no sex :( I would have love read about, at least, their first time together... ;) but the sweetness made me ok with it.)
Try and read it around Christmas season, I think it needs it!
It was a very sweet and romantic story. (view spoiler)[Sadly, I wasn't much in the mood for that, so I wasn't that impressed by the fact that Callum and Jonah met again after 11 years and this time managed to be honest about their feelings and be together. I was also a bit doubtful how one day (in fact, just a night) apart would ensure that Callum was serious about being with Jonah. (hide ...more
I'm laughing because I read the blurb for this and thought this was an historical story. It's not. This is nothing like what I expected and really a lovely journey through a boyhood friendship to a chance meeting as adults.
I have no better comment than to say I'd love to read more about the characters.
Yes, I know Christmas has come and gone for another year, but this little Christmas Cracker is sheer perfection....enough to warrant a box full of crackers on it's own!! 5 Glittering Golden Stars
What a gorgeous story, the two MC's Jonah and Callum were adorable and the images evoked of traditional Christmasses past with Cathedral services, choristers, snow, mulled wine...just everything...were magical, I almost felt as though I was there myself!! Of course, to those of us that were force-fed ...more
Awwww, this is sweet and strikes a chord with me (pun intended) Christmas and singing, whether in choir or caroling, they go together well. Even better, Gaudete takes place in England where there is a huge choral music tradition. And I couldnt resist a story titled Gaudete (Rejoice!). Its one of my favorite carols, written centuries ago and sung in Latin, and so pertinent to the season, nothing heavy or too sweet, just joyful
Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born let our gathering now sing in ...more
This one sort of snuck on me. Yup, a sweet, bittersweet and ultimately hope-filled Xmas story snuck up on me. Heres how
The story of Jonah and Callum is told from both present time and different Christmas holidays when they were kids, alternating between the two. The threads connecting the past and present work to tell us about these guys, and why they probably belong together for eternity. Its just taking them a weeeeeee bet longer to get there than either ...more
Tempus ad est gratiae,/It is now the time of grace,
Hoc quod optabamus;/That we have desired;
Carmina laetitiae,/Let us sing songs of joy,
Devote redamus/Let us give devotion.
Oh. I have no idea where to begin with this. What an utterly gorgeous story. I loved the voices of both Callum and Jonah. What a unique way to tell the story from past to present and the switch that accompanies it.
There were moments when you could feel your life changing around you.
I am in complete awe of this story. I ...more
Mum and I get the bus to Winchester every Christmas for the Christmas market in the Cathedral Close. It's always busy and fun, and this book owes its existence to one of those trips, where I looked up from a mug of hot chocolate and said, "This would be an amazing setting for a love story." ...more
Alternating chapters between the present and the past tell the story of Jonah and Callum - their initial meeting as kids and their reunion after 11 years of silence. I'm not usually a fan of flashbacks, but the ones here really only told the necessary and were short enough to not disrupt the present meeting.
I agree with Ami, though: the scenes in the past were sufficient for me, but the scenes in the present - I'd really have ...more
Beautiful setting, very interesting characters, and a good story. In such a short story Durreson was able to create well formed characters and a great setting also integrating what was left 'unsaid' to be part of the whole.
What made me unable to take it to the next level was the alternating flashbacks, which kept halting my progress. I've read alternating time scenes before in other books and some of them worked for me, in this case though, it did not work. When I was reading about when ...more
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