The Holly Groweth Green (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: The Holly Groweth Green (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers)
Author: Amy Rae Durreson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal, Holidays
Page Count: 55
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

When wounded doctor Laurence Payne is stranded in the snowy English countryside on Christmas Eve, 1946, he is surprised to stumble upon Mistle Cottage and its mysterious inhabitant. Avery claims to be an Elizabethan wizard, and Laurence struggles to explain away the atmosphere of the cottage as mere coincidence and trickery. He spends a magical twelve days of Christmas celebrating with Avery, but then wakes to find his lover has vanished and the cottage has fallen to ruin overnight.

Laurence’s investigations lead him to the story of an ancient fairy curse—Avery is doomed to spend only Christmas Eve to Twelfth Night in human form until he finds true love. Laurence sets out to give Avery the greatest gift of all—his heart and with it the chance to live for more than the fleeting winter weeks he’s been sentenced to.

Stuck on a train in the English countryside during a heavy snowstorm, WWI veteran Laurence takes a short walk to a small inn … and finds himself at a charmingly cozy little cottage with a man “dressed strangely, in loose trousers and a thick waistcoat over a loose shirt” who claims to be a wizard born in the year of our Lord 1579. Laurence, trained as a doctor, suffered a brain injury in the war and wonders if this is all a dream, but he is intrigued by spending time with Avery – “Twelve nights. From tonight, when it begins, to Epiphany, when it ends. Every year, twelve nights to celebrate new chances. New beginnings.”

The Holly Groweth Green, with a mix of paranormal romance in a historical setting (plus a nod to the Broadway musical Brigadoon) is an unusual and enjoyable holiday read! 4 stars,

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