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George is an anxious, neurotic mess. The only thing that calms him is his partner of ten years, Scott. So despite how nervous it makes George to travel alone, he decides to go to Europe, where Scott has been working for two months, to visit for Christmas. George plans a day on his own in London before traveling to Paris, where Scott is staying. But on George’s day of sight George is an anxious, neurotic mess. The only thing that calms him is his partner of ten years, Scott. So despite how nervous it makes George to travel alone, he decides to go to Europe, where Scott has been working for two months, to visit for Christmas. George plans a day on his own in London before traveling to Paris, where Scott is staying. But on George’s day of sightseeing and shopping, everything goes wrong, from a misunderstanding with the hotel concierge to getting lost in Harrods. All George wants is to be with his partner for Christmas, but he’s not sure he’ll survive long enough for that to happen. A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".


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George is an anxious, neurotic mess. The only thing that calms him is his partner of ten years, Scott. So despite how nervous it makes George to travel alone, he decides to go to Europe, where Scott has been working for two months, to visit for Christmas. George plans a day on his own in London before traveling to Paris, where Scott is staying. But on George’s day of sight George is an anxious, neurotic mess. The only thing that calms him is his partner of ten years, Scott. So despite how nervous it makes George to travel alone, he decides to go to Europe, where Scott has been working for two months, to visit for Christmas. George plans a day on his own in London before traveling to Paris, where Scott is staying. But on George’s day of sightseeing and shopping, everything goes wrong, from a misunderstanding with the hotel concierge to getting lost in Harrods. All George wants is to be with his partner for Christmas, but he’s not sure he’ll survive long enough for that to happen. A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".

30 review for Best Laid Plans (Celebrate! - 2014 Advent Calendar)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    Traveling at Christmas time is bad enough, with masses of people trying to get to their holiday destinations at the same time, but doing it when you’re afraid of flying is a lot worse. George, the narrator of this story and a forty-something, is not doing well on his flight from Philadelphia to London to start with, and then things start really going wrong once he’s there for his one-day layover before seeing his partner-of-ten-years Scott in Paris. I really felt for George and admired his stubb Traveling at Christmas time is bad enough, with masses of people trying to get to their holiday destinations at the same time, but doing it when you’re afraid of flying is a lot worse. George, the narrator of this story and a forty-something, is not doing well on his flight from Philadelphia to London to start with, and then things start really going wrong once he’s there for his one-day layover before seeing his partner-of-ten-years Scott in Paris. I really felt for George and admired his stubborn determination to “survive” so he could collapse into Scott’s arms once he made it to Paris. From the moment the story begins with George already several hours into the flight and about to fall apart, his incessant babbling alerted me to the fact he was in trouble. Then the scene while he was waiting for his bag to arrive made things worse, and by the time he arrives in the hotel and meets the truly grumpy concierge, he just wants a shower and some sleep. Unfortunately, that isn’t in the cards either. I did think the concierge was incredibly rude, but the truth is, people like that exist in Britain just like anywhere else. For George, who is already exhausted, it must have been infinitely worse. When he gets lost in Harrods—something I have done without the excuse of an overseas flight, by the way, so I sympathize—he is ready to give up. Luckily he has Scott to save him, even long-distance, and the story takes a wonderful turn into a sweet Christmas tale. At least for me, the initial “suffering” made the ending all the sweeter. If you like stories about established couples who have to cope with aging, but have the advantage of knowing each other really well, if a slightly neurotic main character sharing all his mishaps sounds like an interesting perspective, and if you’re looking for a story that is funny as well as sweet, then you will probably like this short story. NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris, the Dalek King

    What was it about the holidays in London that made everyone so miserable? The constant alien invasions?? (*cough* doctor who joke *cough*) Not bad, but I did come out of this feel a tad bit out of breath. The sentences did run on...and on, and on. Also, there didn't seem to be much story here, not with the characters anyways. Mostly it was just about how horrible London (and anyone who lives there) is. 2.5 stars What was it about the holidays in London that made everyone so miserable? The constant alien invasions?? (*cough* doctor who joke *cough*) Not bad, but I did come out of this feel a tad bit out of breath. The sentences did run on...and on, and on. Also, there didn't seem to be much story here, not with the characters anyways. Mostly it was just about how horrible London (and anyone who lives there) is. 2.5 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Love Bytes Reviews

    4 star review by Vicki These little Advent Calendar books are always so fun… short and sweet. George is a neurotic mess, flying to Paris to spend Christmas with his partner Scott. They have been together for ten years, never missing a Christmas. George hasn’t flown since he was a child, and nearly drives himself and everyone one near him crazy, on the plane and in the airport! He makes a stop in London for a day, thinking he’ll take some time to explore a city he has always wanted to visit. Unfort 4 star review by Vicki These little Advent Calendar books are always so fun… short and sweet. George is a neurotic mess, flying to Paris to spend Christmas with his partner Scott. They have been together for ten years, never missing a Christmas. George hasn’t flown since he was a child, and nearly drives himself and everyone one near him crazy, on the plane and in the airport! He makes a stop in London for a day, thinking he’ll take some time to explore a city he has always wanted to visit. Unfortunately his London experience isn’t all he hoped for. I can’t tell you much more than that, there isn’t a lot of time for a plot. This is all from George’s perspective, so we get to know him best, and he is a mess! But a sweet mess. For all of his issues he seems like a happy guy, and we can see that Scott loves him. We get just a little glimpse of the lives of an established couple, they are in their forties and have been together for some time. There were several sweet lines about George looking forward to aging together. I liked that. There isn’t any sex, no action, adventure, or drama. This is just a nice story about a anxiety plagued man meeting his patient lover in Paris and having a fantastic evening. There was a lovely moment that brought a tear to my eye… This is the only story I have read by John Amory, and the writing seemed good to me. It flowed well, had some great descriptions of George’s experiences, and some interesting characters. It was short, it took me less than a half hour to read, but it was good! 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!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Deeze

    I was looking forward to this one even knowing it was only going to be a short. But I was not prepared for it to end at 16 pages on my Kobo instead of the 21 I was expecting. While I liked the actual story, and the ending was romantic, there was no real depth to the story. I also found the rudeness of everyone at the beginning a little bit over kill. 5 people all being not just rude but pretty nasty too, even the Harods worker, who I would of expected to at least act with decorum. Maybe in a long I was looking forward to this one even knowing it was only going to be a short. But I was not prepared for it to end at 16 pages on my Kobo instead of the 21 I was expecting. While I liked the actual story, and the ending was romantic, there was no real depth to the story. I also found the rudeness of everyone at the beginning a little bit over kill. 5 people all being not just rude but pretty nasty too, even the Harods worker, who I would of expected to at least act with decorum. Maybe in a longer book it would of fitted but in this short it just felt false.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brandilyn

    Reviewed by Brandilyn for Prism Book Alliance. Best Laid Plans by John Amory is a sweet tale of one Christmas in the life of two partners George and Scott. George just can't win. He is trying to get from the US to Paris in order to spend the holidays with his partner of ten years. However, the gods of travel seem to want to do everything they can to keep him away... until he finally calls Scott and tells him of his troubles. Find the whole review at http://www.prismbookalliance.com/?pos... Reviewed by Brandilyn for Prism Book Alliance. Best Laid Plans by John Amory is a sweet tale of one Christmas in the life of two partners George and Scott. George just can't win. He is trying to get from the US to Paris in order to spend the holidays with his partner of ten years. However, the gods of travel seem to want to do everything they can to keep him away... until he finally calls Scott and tells him of his troubles. Find the whole review at http://www.prismbookalliance.com/?pos...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Angel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Short and a sweet ending. I kinda felt sorry for George, especially since EVERYONE in London was extremely rude, but George was a bit whiny as well. Writing was easy to read in spite on longer, run-on sentences, but I kinda took it as George's anxiousness coming out in the writing since this was in his POV. The best thing was Scott, his partner of ten years, semi-swooping in to save George from the bad day. The proposal at the end, at the top the Eiffel Tower in Paris, perfectly romantic. Short and a sweet ending. I kinda felt sorry for George, especially since EVERYONE in London was extremely rude, but George was a bit whiny as well. Writing was easy to read in spite on longer, run-on sentences, but I kinda took it as George's anxiousness coming out in the writing since this was in his POV. The best thing was Scott, his partner of ten years, semi-swooping in to save George from the bad day. The proposal at the end, at the top the Eiffel Tower in Paris, perfectly romantic.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melyna

    Very short, sweet vignette with an extremely high strung main character. George is traveling alone for the first time in 30 years and is having a horrible experience. The negativity of those he meets in London were almost overwhelming for me. The ending and what Scott says to George are perfect because George really needs someone like Scott.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katy Beth Mckee

    I love how Scott really cares for George and is there for him even the middle of a busy holiday season.

  9. 4 out of 5

    LDL

    By the time I was beginning to get into the story it was over.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sadonna

    A very sweet holiday story with travel woes and a beautiful trip to the Eiffel Tower :) Lovely to see some mature characters having a special holiday memory.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donnerhall

    The ending saved it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ~RMG

    Not really much to this story, but I thought George was cute in his awkwardness.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Moomba

    3.5 stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ro

    Soft story of an established couple who want to spend Christmas together, even though they are a continent apart. George is just lovely.

  15. 4 out of 5

    France-Andrée

    I liked George, the narrator, a lot; his misadventures were quite entertaining. Not sure I would call this a romance because there's not a lot of couple time, but a nice little ending nonetheless. I liked George, the narrator, a lot; his misadventures were quite entertaining. Not sure I would call this a romance because there's not a lot of couple time, but a nice little ending nonetheless.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ramsi

    3,25stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Achim

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fati Fleur

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shari

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anke

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sylvie

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marron

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bluesimplicity

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kat

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erica

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erin

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karinak

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lori

  30. 4 out of 5

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