Tutus and Tinsel (Colin’s Review)

Title: Tutus and Tinsel (Half Moon Bay #2.5)
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 21, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 89 Pages
Reviewed by: ColinJ
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Zig Reid-Harris has everything an eleven-year-old girl could ever want: a great home, two fantastic fathers named Deacon Reid and Lang Harris, and all the books she could possible read.

When a school assignment about holiday traditions unexpectedly broadsides her, she discovers burying the past isn’t as easy as it looks, and the stark reality of her life before her adoption sinks in. Ashamed of the bleakness and poverty she came from, Zig struggles with the assignment until an epiphany strikes the whole family—it’s time to start their own traditions.

Zig and her fathers plunge into the insanity of holiday joy, exploring everything the season has to offer and learning how precious family truly is along the way.

The key thing to know about this short story is that there really isn’t a plot. This is a snapshot of the period leading up to and through Christmas for the core characters in this series. If you like the characters and wish to explore their feelings and how they find different ways to approach the season then this will enrich your understanding. It is written from different perspectives and draws upon their various histories. In addition, it explores their plans to extend their understanding of the festival and how different groups and cultures approach the same. The writing is, as ever, of a high standard and characterisation and scene setting are done well.

In line with the storyline there is no real character development or relationship building. There is some limited intimacy but this has limited description with the emphasis being on the reinforcement of existing bonds between the two lead characters.

The pace of the story is steady. It is quite episodic with small jumps in time that merely move the reader closer to Christmas with an exploration of particular issues at each point. There is no tension throughout the story.

The book draws to a close at the end of the Christmas period with a considered reflection on what has been learned and what the plans will be for future Christmases.

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Galley copy of Tutus and Tinsel provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.