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Ex-Pat American Jacob Moore is looking forward to hosting his traditional Christmas Eve party with his partner, Errol. They love the quiet night of friends and food at their house in London, and the break before dealing with family, presents, and Boxing Day. The quiet is shattered when Jacob’s younger half sister, Pru, shows up on his doorstep, running away from home for a Ex-Pat American Jacob Moore is looking forward to hosting his traditional Christmas Eve party with his partner, Errol. They love the quiet night of friends and food at their house in London, and the break before dealing with family, presents, and Boxing Day. The quiet is shattered when Jacob’s younger half sister, Pru, shows up on his doorstep, running away from home for a very good reason. Jacob has stayed in touch with her over the years, even though he’s estranged from their father. But nothing prepared him for this. Now he has to decide what to do with this unexpected package from Father Christmas. A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".


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Ex-Pat American Jacob Moore is looking forward to hosting his traditional Christmas Eve party with his partner, Errol. They love the quiet night of friends and food at their house in London, and the break before dealing with family, presents, and Boxing Day. The quiet is shattered when Jacob’s younger half sister, Pru, shows up on his doorstep, running away from home for a Ex-Pat American Jacob Moore is looking forward to hosting his traditional Christmas Eve party with his partner, Errol. They love the quiet night of friends and food at their house in London, and the break before dealing with family, presents, and Boxing Day. The quiet is shattered when Jacob’s younger half sister, Pru, shows up on his doorstep, running away from home for a very good reason. Jacob has stayed in touch with her over the years, even though he’s estranged from their father. But nothing prepared him for this. Now he has to decide what to do with this unexpected package from Father Christmas. A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".

30 review for What Father Christmas Left (Celebrate! - 2014 Advent Calendar)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris, the Dalek King

    I was splitting my time between reading this and watching The Muppet Christmas Carol so my concentration while reading this was a bit shot...but it was a good story. The dude's dad was a major douche though. I mean, I have daddy issues up the wazoo, but at least he never tried to screw me over like this. So, there's my bit of holiday cheer. I was splitting my time between reading this and watching The Muppet Christmas Carol so my concentration while reading this was a bit shot...but it was a good story. The dude's dad was a major douche though. I mean, I have daddy issues up the wazoo, but at least he never tried to screw me over like this. So, there's my bit of holiday cheer.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    Father Christmas leaves a lot of different types of presents under trees each year, so to speak, but the one he has given to Jacob, an American living in London, and his partner of seven years, Errol, in this story is definitely one of the more unusual gifts. Jacob seeing is sister again for the first time in ten years is a very special occasion though, and since she made the decision to come and see him, it is also a very hope-filled gesture. At the same time, because of the emotional implicati Father Christmas leaves a lot of different types of presents under trees each year, so to speak, but the one he has given to Jacob, an American living in London, and his partner of seven years, Errol, in this story is definitely one of the more unusual gifts. Jacob seeing is sister again for the first time in ten years is a very special occasion though, and since she made the decision to come and see him, it is also a very hope-filled gesture. At the same time, because of the emotional implications of having a long-wanted reunion, the story made me feel all warm and fuzzy. Siblings separated because of the stupidity of their various parents always make me sad, so I was rooting for these two to make things right from beginning to end. Jacob is an unusual man. He stood up to his father at an early age, ended up living in England, and made a life for himself both professionally and personally. Considering how broken his home was, with a father who didn’t care even when Jacob was younger and kicked him out as soon as Jacob told him he is gay, and a mother who doesn’t sound very warm either, it is a minor miracle he turned out as well adjusted as he is. Jacob reached out to Pru and they have been in touch, but he is floored when she turns up on his doorstep just before Christmas. I loved how warmly he welcomed her, and how there was never really a question in his mind about helping her beyond giving her a safe place to stay while her boarding school was closed. Errol is just as wonderful, and between the two of them, they very quickly figure out a plan for the future. But best of all, they leave it up to Pru to make her own choices, a far cry from what her emotionally abusive parents have done to her so far. If you like stories about the true meaning of family, if men coming to the rescue of the helpless are your thing, and if you’re looking for a read full of warm and tender family moments, then you will probably like this short novella. NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ☆ Todd

    This short story was a nice, sweet sibling reunion story, but I wouldn't classify it as a romance. Yes, two of the three main characters were in a 7 year relationship, but that plotline wasn't really explored in that manner. Errol is out of town for a couple of days when Jacob's 15 year old half-sister, Pru, from Boston shows up on his doorstep. At his home in London. "Oops, I hopped an international flight and hope you don't mind" style. Pru and Jacob's asshole father played his game of "Who will This short story was a nice, sweet sibling reunion story, but I wouldn't classify it as a romance. Yes, two of the three main characters were in a 7 year relationship, but that plotline wasn't really explored in that manner. Errol is out of town for a couple of days when Jacob's 15 year old half-sister, Pru, from Boston shows up on his doorstep. At his home in London. "Oops, I hopped an international flight and hope you don't mind" style. Pru and Jacob's asshole father played his game of "Who will she run to?" with Pru's neglectful mother (number 3 in his long line of 6 wives) once too often and Pru gave them both the middle finger by flying across the ocean to her long-lost brother, Jacob, instead. You go, girl! (Yes, that's Beckham, not a teenage girl. Sue me, he's British and giving the middle finger. Plus, it's BECKHAM PARTIALLY NEKKID, bitches!) Pru learns that her 15 year older half-brother does not want to use her as his own pawn against their father when agents from the American Embassy show up to their annual Christmas party and Jacob protects her. Then Pru pulls her own "kitty's got claws" stunt to keep the agents at bay. Again, you go, girl! It's a cute, feel good story with no definitive answer as to where Pru will ultimately end up, but she knows that she's loved and welcome to remain with her brother in London.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    ****Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance**** I really liked this story. The relationship wasn’t the focus, but showing how they supported each other and how they spent their holidays brought warm feelings. I liked Jacob’s sister Pru and how she was welcomed. The writing flowed well and I felt connected to the characters. It was a very pleasant way to pass some time! ****Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance**** I really liked this story. The relationship wasn’t the focus, but showing how they supported each other and how they spent their holidays brought warm feelings. I liked Jacob’s sister Pru and how she was welcomed. The writing flowed well and I felt connected to the characters. It was a very pleasant way to pass some time!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deeze

    3.5 This was almost perfect for me. It was sweet but with a touch of drama I could get my teeth into, Christmassy, with a couple of guys I really liked. Being a Britt I also loved the English side to this one. So what was missing? More of course. Seriously the ending felt like the end of a chapter and I want the next part, please. No scratch that I want the full long version story. Any chance?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Goodell

    This novella is about two MC and a strong secondary. Jacob has been living in London for years with his partner Errol. He’s been estranged from his father and his family for years. But over the last couple of years reached out to his half sister, now fifteen, and they have been emailing back and forth. Errol is a computer programmer and is always traveling, a couple of days before Christmas is still on the road and not due back until late that night. When Jacob hears a knock he is surprised to s This novella is about two MC and a strong secondary. Jacob has been living in London for years with his partner Errol. He’s been estranged from his father and his family for years. But over the last couple of years reached out to his half sister, now fifteen, and they have been emailing back and forth. Errol is a computer programmer and is always traveling, a couple of days before Christmas is still on the road and not due back until late that night. When Jacob hears a knock he is surprised to see his half sister Pru on his door step. At fifteen, he doesn't except her to be traveling a couple of days before Christmas, one by herself and two to him since the last time they met she was five. Once inside and settled he finds that both the shared father and Pru’s mother forgot about her over the holiday and she decided to jump on a plane and visit. Instead of staying at a closed up all girls school. I have to say, this was a very well written story, full of family drama, reconnection, learning, growing etc. I loved the fact that we found out how Errol and Jacob met. They were both so understanding to Pru’s situation and welcomed her with open arms. My biggest issue with this is way too much female in the MM story. The two MC are Jacob and Pru not Jacob and Errol. I was given a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many Review

  7. 4 out of 5

    Love Bytes Reviews

    4 star review by Rhonda This is a short and sweet novelette, a quick read for a busy holiday season though it may make your busy holidays seem docile compared to what Jacob and his partner Errol face. It simply isn’t enough that Errol likes an over the top Christmas with all the bells and whistles but he drags everyone else into his insanity. Too bad that’s not all they have to deal with. A very unexpected visitor turns up on their doorstep in the form of Jacobs half-sister whom he barely knows du 4 star review by Rhonda This is a short and sweet novelette, a quick read for a busy holiday season though it may make your busy holidays seem docile compared to what Jacob and his partner Errol face. It simply isn’t enough that Errol likes an over the top Christmas with all the bells and whistles but he drags everyone else into his insanity. Too bad that’s not all they have to deal with. A very unexpected visitor turns up on their doorstep in the form of Jacobs half-sister whom he barely knows due to a habit his father has of marrying and divorcing quicker than Jacob can remember who the flavor of the month is. The poor girl arrives on the evening of the Christmas party and Jacob and Errol find out that poor Pru has basically been abandoned. What do they do about all that? Well, thankfully the right thing, which not only Pru appreciates but which also demonstrates what Christmas is all about. Family! It is a good short read and I recommend it highly. A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. Please visit www.lovebytesreviews.com to see this and many more reviews, author interviews, guestposts and giveaways!

  8. 4 out of 5

    inaword

    In a word: Read the thing. This is a fairly short Christmas fluff story about a reunion between a pair of siblings. It’s a story that’s both sweet and sad in parts, along with some parts that will make you angry. Although two of the three main characters are romantically involved, this is not a romance story. It’s strictly a story about two siblings, Jacob and Pru, reuniting after about 10 years and beginning to build an actual relationship with each other. It’s a simple story, though it isn’t r In a word: Read the thing. This is a fairly short Christmas fluff story about a reunion between a pair of siblings. It’s a story that’s both sweet and sad in parts, along with some parts that will make you angry. Although two of the three main characters are romantically involved, this is not a romance story. It’s strictly a story about two siblings, Jacob and Pru, reuniting after about 10 years and beginning to build an actual relationship with each other. It’s a simple story, though it isn’t really long enough to have everything fleshed out as much as I’d like, and the ending seems to just happen abruptly, it’s still a good read. [read the full review at In A Word]

  9. 5 out of 5

    France-Andrée

    Different from other advent calendar short stories. The relationship that takes center stage here is about a brother and a sister getting to know each other. Teenage Pru arrives on Jacob's doorstep just before Christmas Eve; her divorced parents have abandoned her at her closed boarding school for the holidays. I thought it was fun to explore another kind of relationship; I felt like the two siblings are falling in love with each other too since they have a big age gap and haven't seen each other Different from other advent calendar short stories. The relationship that takes center stage here is about a brother and a sister getting to know each other. Teenage Pru arrives on Jacob's doorstep just before Christmas Eve; her divorced parents have abandoned her at her closed boarding school for the holidays. I thought it was fun to explore another kind of relationship; I felt like the two siblings are falling in love with each other too since they have a big age gap and haven't seen each other for over 10 years. A very well written and enjoyable short. Oh and by the way, we tip waiters in Canada too... and the last time I checked we were still an independent country from the US (then again :P).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sadonna

    This was just an excellent story all the way around. I loved all the characters and the fact that Jacob is an ace big brother. Poor Pru! God - at least you have to take a test to drive a car but any idiot can have a kid. These parents were piss poor excuses for parents. I loved Errol trotting out his title and lawyer at the proper moment. I loved all the "UKness" in this story. Jacob and Errol's friends were a funny addition as well. My only wish is that this could be longer! I'd love to read mo This was just an excellent story all the way around. I loved all the characters and the fact that Jacob is an ace big brother. Poor Pru! God - at least you have to take a test to drive a car but any idiot can have a kid. These parents were piss poor excuses for parents. I loved Errol trotting out his title and lawyer at the proper moment. I loved all the "UKness" in this story. Jacob and Errol's friends were a funny addition as well. My only wish is that this could be longer! I'd love to read more about this family :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    One of the better offerings of Dreamspinner's this year's advent calendar. It's a sweet reunion between brother and sister story but not a romance. The main characters are Jacob and his sister Pru, Jacob's partner of 7 years, Errol, is only playing a minor role. So three stars because finally a story has a Christmas theme but not more because it's not a romance. One of the better offerings of Dreamspinner's this year's advent calendar. It's a sweet reunion between brother and sister story but not a romance. The main characters are Jacob and his sister Pru, Jacob's partner of 7 years, Errol, is only playing a minor role. So three stars because finally a story has a Christmas theme but not more because it's not a romance.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lillian Francis

    A good story set around Christmas but, even though the MCs were in a long term relationship, this wasn't really a romance. I would class it as a family story. A good story set around Christmas but, even though the MCs were in a long term relationship, this wasn't really a romance. I would class it as a family story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Secretly Reading

    I admit this wasn't a romance short story but one about family. Given this is a holiday story that totally worked for me and I really enjoyed it. I admit this wasn't a romance short story but one about family. Given this is a holiday story that totally worked for me and I really enjoyed it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ro

    You can't help but feel for Pru, who has parents who do not deserve her. Thank heaven for Jacob and Errol. You can't help but feel for Pru, who has parents who do not deserve her. Thank heaven for Jacob and Errol.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katy Beth Mckee

    Errol and Jacob sure get a surprise for Christmas. There may be some bumps ahead but they seem to be pretty pleased with their gift.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Soraida

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shari

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dudley Sneddly

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan A

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mrsgeo

  21. 5 out of 5

    ChicagoGirl

  22. 4 out of 5

    Holly

  23. 5 out of 5

    LDL

    3.5

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julina

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vayld

  27. 5 out of 5

    Paws

  28. 4 out of 5

    Reader

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ahud

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tiuri

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