Title: Christmas Homecoming (The Christmas Angel #4)
Author: L.A. Witt
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 2nd 2018
Genre(s): Historical Romance
Page Count: 79
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
August 1939. Roger Miller and Jack O’Brien have been close since childhood. By the time they realize there’s more between them than friendship, Jack is leaving their sleepy Iowa town for college. But they console themselves knowing he’ll be home for Christmas. Right?
It is Christmas before they see each other again, but that Christmas comes six years and a world war later. Aged, beaten, and shaken by combat, they’re not the boys they were back then, but their feelings for each other are stronger than ever.
Neither know the words to say everything they’ve carried since that peacetime summer kiss, though. Even as they stand in the same room, there’s a thousand miles between them.
But maybe that’s some distance the little angel in Roger’s rucksack can cross.
The Christmas Angel series books are standalones and can be read in any order.
I always read romantic stories set in this time period with a heavy heart. Is there a more hopeless time for people to fall in love?
L.A.Witt knows her stuff when it comes to military themed stories and Christmas Homecoming was no exception. Here it was not the military details that stood out but the general feel of a postwar era. That cloud of loss and despair that still hangs above everyone and the way it shapes romantic relationships in particular.
So that aspect of the story was top notch. The romance itself, despite the likeable characters, didn’t do much for me though. I know it’s a short story but it felt rushed and without enough background. Except one short scene in the beginning we didn’t get to know the MCs as friends and after they reunite it’s mostly sex.
There is a lovely epilogue with a strong HEA, but note that it agrees with the time era which is the 1950s, meaning that the couple is together but not out.
The little wooden angel theme is pretty cute and made me want to read more stories in this “series”.