Xanthe’s Review: Finding Yuletide Karol by L.A. Merrill

Author: L.A. Merrill
Book: Finding Yuletide Karol
Series: DSP Advent
Page Count: 39 pages
Categories: Contemporary Romance, Gay, Holiday Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

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Fifty years ago, during the Vietnam War, Lee Elbridge fell in love with an Army cook nicknamed Yuletide Karol, but they haven’t seen each other since.

Now, led by a clue in an old cookbook, Lee sets off on a road trip to find his lost love. He arrives on Karol’s upstate New York farm to find preparations for a handfasting in full swing, and is mistaken for the wedding planner’s assistant. As Lee is roped into folding hemp napkin goats and mashing fresh sweet potatoes, he is welcomed by Karol’s large, eccentric family of witches and pagans. When Lee and Karol finally get a moment alone, Lee tells him the truth, but it will take more than a little Yuletide magick to bring them together again after almost a lifetime.

3.5✨s by Xanthe
I am in love with the older age of these characters. Two men met once during the Vietnam war and Lee has never forgotten Karol. A Christmas gift from his assistant Bobbi gives him the clue needed to find him and they both set off straight away. What he finds is very unexpected but is a family/community that clearly love and care for each other and is a little manic as they arrive on the day of a Wiccan wedding/handfasting.

Crossed wires make for an amusing aspect to the tale but it’s balanced with your heartstrings being tugged as memories are shared of their time in the war and the missed chance of love. It’s a heartwarming story of lost love and a second chance at romance for two men in their seventies and being brave enough to take that step towards a future together.

About the L.A. Merrill
L.A. Merrill is a Kansas City native and author of more than six impossible things. She has worked as a tour guide, an assistant stage director, and spent one memorable summer as a camp counselor. Her work has appeared in Kansas City Voices magazine, on the YouTube series The Blank Scene, and online. An avid knitter, she has yet to follow a pattern and has made some interestingly shaped hats as a result. She lives in a tiny house filled with over five thousand books and an indeterminate number of dogs.

Where to find L.A. Merrill
Website: http://www.leahmerrillwrites.wordpress.com

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