Title: Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers)
Author: Nell Iris
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Genre(s): Holiday M/M
Page Count: 26
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Christmas is coming, and young couple Casey and Ellis are very much in love. Unfortunately, they’re also the definition of dirt poor, and they don’t have the money for nonessentials like decorations. Or a turkey. Or gifts. Between the recent death of Casey’s beloved momma and Ellis’s estrangement from his family, all they have is each other.
When Ellis finds the saddest-looking Christmas tree south of the Mason-Dixon Line thrown away outside his workplace and brings it home to Casey, things look up. Life is still a struggle, but wealth isn’t always measured in money, and what seems worthless to others is often invaluable to the people who love it.
This was very cute. I love stories about people who don’t need money to be happy and make do with what they have.
Ellis and Casey live in a trailer together. They don’t have any money, but at least they have each other. They even have a (very sad) Christmas tree this year!
But when Casey sees a small present under the tree, he doesn’t know what to do to make sure he gets Ellis a present too..
These guys were adorable together. I love reading about upbeat people who appreciate the small things in life.
I do have to admit that it got more and more cheesy near the end, but it was still a sweet heartwarming story, perfect for the holidays.