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I'll Be Home For Christmas

(I Wish You All the Best #1.5)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  443 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Ben has a plan for the ultimate Christmas present for Nathan. All it requires is taking a large golden retriever from one end of the country to the other. No pressure.

When a snowstorm rocks the east coast sooner than expected, though, Ben is trapped at the airport, and suddenly all their plans for a perfect first Christmas with Nathan are on the line.

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Published December 15th 2020 by Self Published
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C.G. Drews
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020, novella
This was so lovely and filled with just that teeny bit of Christmas stress we know every december needs 😌 I loved being back with Ben and knowing they're thriving and planning soft surprises for their boyfriend. The anxiety rep was all too real and accurate, and I appreciated that. How your life can get better but anxiety is still a bully.

Here for wholesome content and beautiful endings!!!
[December 1st, 2020]:

um this is like.. kind of personal but yeahhh...

i had picked up I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST earlier this year because i knew it had nonbinary representation (just like FELIX EVER AFTER did, which i'd read before this one), yes, but i also read it because at the time i was questioning my gender identity, not knowing exactly whether i was cis or i could possibly be nonbinary, which at the time felt like such an overwhelming feeling and it felt like such a difficult thing for me to
Just reflecting on the journey I've had with this book, from first reading it without knowing I'm non-binary yet, to being able to revisit it when I've gained so much understanding of my own identity. It feels so special.

I also still love Ben with all my heart and I want them to have all the happiness in the world.
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: nonbinary mc with anxiety & depression, Black bi li, Bahraini pan nonbinary Muslim sc

what a way to start 2021!
Kate (GirlReading)
This was truly the perfect Christmas novella. I'm so very happy this is the story I spent my Christmas Eve reading.

TW: anxiety, misgendering
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a sweet and adorable Christmas novella! I'm so glad I read it before Christmas, reading about Ben and Nathan just warmed my heart. If you loved I Wish You All the Best and you want to see more of Ben and Nathan's story, then you really cannot miss out on this one! ...more
Mason Deaver once again made me tear up at the end of their book!! This was so, so adorable and hurt my poor, gay, separated across the country from my girlfriend due to covid, heart!!

Read for the 12 Days of Queermas Readathon!
Maddie Browse
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
So. Damn. Adorable!! I love it!!! A Christmas novella with a dog!? Perfection!
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every author should give us a holiday novella. That’s the rules.
˗ˏˋ alison ˎˊ˗
i’m going to need more ben x nathan novellas. with ryder.
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5🌟: soo this was super adorable and soft and just like a romantic christmas story should be! ben was the first non-binary character i read about and it was really nice to go back to them, to see them and their boyfriend out of highschool, living a queer happy life! i know highschool stories are important, but i think more mature stories can offer the hope that we can exist and thrive outside of classrooms and also that you can grow old as a queer person! i also enjoyed the anxiety rep, but was ...more
Dec 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
HOW did I not know about this??? My alert system has failed me
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
CWs: Brief descriptions of anxiety, brief instances of being misgendered (challenged), some allusions to parental estrangement and trauma related to parental estrangement
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Whatever Nathan wants to give me, I'm prepared to take.
4.5 stars. This was so adorable, it just about laid me the fuck out. It felt so good to be back with this sweet kid, and all their relatable anxieties and hopefulness and their love for Nathan. It was so cute, and this is just what I would imagine their first Christmas to be like. Ben's so determined to make Nathan happy, and I love that for them both! They deserve each other so much!

Also @ Mason Deaver: I can't believe you made me cry
Jane (whatjanereads)
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
PMS and reading sappy storys doesn’t mix well for me!!!
I cried like three times and it’s just a shortstory!!!
This was beautiful. Poor anxiety ridden Ben.
Thomas, Hanna and Nathan are such sweethearts, bless them all. Especially Thomas who cries over the Grinch. 🤣🙏🏻🧡
I loved it! Super super cute!!!
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
cute! i missed ben and nathan so it was good to be back!
this was just fun and sweet and the perfect thing to curl up with on Christmas Eve
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A dog, a cute Christmas story by an author I enjoy (who is going to give every income they get from this story to charity) and a cover by Alice Oseman is exactly what I want on Christmas eve. So yeah, I own a copy of the story, but I won't read it until the 24th. Probably along with a couple Alice Oseman short stories (This Winter? Hells yes). Christmas can't come soon enough.

Awwww, yes, that was nice, and made me feel accomplished by actually doing something Christmas-ey on Chris
Sierra Elmore
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2020
my kids!!

Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rainbow-reads
Winner of the cutest Christmas short story goes to I'll Be Home for Christmas. Seriously, it had everything a classic heartwarming Hallmark Christmas movie could ever have, plus it's queer. I love Ben and Nathan so dang much and then to add Ryder and getting stuck at the airport on Christmas Eve? *chef kiss* So glad this exists. ...more
This was so adorable. I'm not sure why I cried so much at the end, but I did. Benji was just too precious for words in this story. I loved that they wanted so badly to surprise Nathan and was even willing to brave a blizzard to do it!
Thank you Mason Deaver for gifting us this little gem.
Bek MoonyReadsByStarlight
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A short, sweet, queer Christmas novella. I loved getting to see a bit of what happened after IWYATB and getting to spend a bit more time with Ben's character. ...more
this was vv cute 🥺🥺
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
they’re cute, i missed nathan <3 (3.75)
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was so soft. I loved how we got to see more of Ben's dynamic with Hannah and Thomas, they seem like a real family now. And of course, the development of Ben and Nathan's relationship. These two really make my heart happy and this was such a perfect Christmas novella. ...more
✧ Tina ✧
*a novella about Ben and Nathan + christmas exists, immediately me*:

rhi ✰
the dog!!! ben and nathan!!! such a cute read to get me through my goodreads challenge!!!

(also very fitting because my parnts kindly gifted iwyatb to me last christmas, and now, four days before, i'm reading this <3)
Alex (Pucksandpaperbacks)
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia, seasonal
I loved the instances of anxiety. Mason described it so well and accurately. I also liked that we came on Ben’s adventure with them. This was so wholesome and I forgot how much I love these characters!
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
this was so soft!!! (but is 90% of the reason why i read it because there was a dog? very possibly)

(still hate christmas but enjoyed this. for the dog.)
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Me after reading I'll Be Home For Christmas:🥺😭😍

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Born and raised in a small North Carolina town, Mason Deaver is an award-winning, bestselling author and designer living in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Besides writing, they’re an active fan of horror movies and video games. As you can see from the photo above, they’re a big fan of plants as well.

I Wish You All the Best is their first novel, and their second novel The Ghosts We Keep is expected in

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