Winter Oranges

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Winter Oranges

Jason is an actor who has spent more than his share of time on the front page of tabloid magazines. In an attempt to have some privacy he moves to an isolated house in a rural area. In addition to his problems with the media he is desperately in love with his best friend Dylan who does not love him back. Jason keeps seeing a young man in the apartment above the garage. At first Jason thinks it's a ghost but then comes to realize it's actually a person who is trapped in a snow globe. Ben was sent there during the Civil War by his sister in an effort to keep him safe. This is the first time in all these years that anyone has been able to see or talk to him and Ben is over joyed.

This book takes a certain level of dispensing with reality. I mean.....person trapped in a snow globe. Once you get past that though this is a sweet tale of friendship and then romance. The two men are both extremely lonely in their own ways. Neither has had anyone to love them in a long time and they're both in serious need of that. Of course things don't go smoothly. (People generally think you're crazy when you carry a snow globe with you everywhere and talk to someone no one else can see.) True love wins in the end though.

I thought the story was well written. The pacing was good and both of the main characters were enjoyable. I found myself rooting for them both and was happy when they got their happily ever after. This was creatively done story and while part of it takes place at Christmas I wouldn't necessarily consider it a Christmas story. It's a read you could enjoy year round.


Book Blurb for Winter Oranges

Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who's sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he's secretly been in love with for years.

There's only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn't a ghost. He's a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He's also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy '80s TV shows. And he's thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.

But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn't without its problems-especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he's on drugs, and his best friend thinks he's crazy. But Jason knows he hasn't lost his mind. Too bad he can't say the same thing about his heart.


Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2015 4.00