Title: Anyplace Else (DSP 2016 Advent Calendar)
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Page Count: 544 Kindle locations
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Grant Beaudoin should be thrilled to escape Minneapolis at Christmastime and grateful to lounge on a Hawaiian beach. Instead he is mired in self-pity and drowning in too much tequila. His twin is marrying the perfect man, while Grant is stuck in middle management with no love life in sight. A walk into the rain forest leads to a meeting with a doomed man who has a story about a holiday that predates Christmas. Grant comes to realize that difficult endings can lead to new beginnings—and perhaps a brighter future.
This story is part of the 2016 DSP Advent Calendar.
This one….didn’t work for me. It’s a story of gods from long ago. And magic. And it’s woven into current day.
Grant is in Hawaii at his twin’s wedding. He’s at a crossroads in his life. He has no love life to speak of. He’s in a middle management job that’s completely unsatisfying. And he has no hopes and dreams for the future.
He meets a waiter/bartender who’s cute and gives him some kind of magic drink.
He goes into the local rain forest and meets a god who’s been around for thousands of years. They share their stories with each other, and they do seem to have some sort of friendship. Love? Nope, didn’t really get that.
He ventures back into the rain forest in the middle of the night and witnesses an ago-old battle between his new friend and another god???? Okaaaaaaay.
After the wedding, Grant decides to quit his job and go to Croatia. Whiplash. Why? I’m still not sure. Some kind of intuition, apparently.
He meets many friends/family of his new brother-in-law. On intuition again, he ventures down a path in a small village and happens upon a familiar tree. He sees his god friend again and suddenly, they vow eternal love.
Really, this was one big WTF. I can appreciate mythology, but this didn’t work well with a romance that was so insta-love, it’s truly not believable at all. I felt a friendship connection and nothing more. Shrugs. Sorry.