Book Reviews

An Open Window by Rick R. Reed at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Mature Lovers / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 07-December-2019

Book Blurb

Two men. One Christmas Eve that changes the courses of both their lives.

Henry’s homeless and only wants a warm place to sleep on the coldest night of the year. A forgotten open window in a darkened house entices him inside with the promise of warmth and comfort. He knows it’s wrong, but he promises himself he’ll be out before the owner wakes on Christmas morning.

Except he oversleeps and the homeowner, Jim, discovers a bearded stranger sawing logs under his dining room table. When the shock and the drama that ensues dies down, Henry and Jim discover they might have found, quite unexpectedly, the Christmas miracle they’d both been longing for -- love and home.

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, December 2017.

Book Review

“When one door closes, another window opens.” ~ Julie Andrews

Henry and Jim, from Rick R. Reed's ‘Open Window’, have been together for twenty years and are reminiscing, as many couples do, on how they met. Their tale is an extraordinary one, but the beginning of something very wonderful.  

Through no fault of his own, Henry is homeless. He is freezing, and his greatest desire on this particular Christmas Eve is to find a warm place to sleep. Even though he is homeless, Henry has tried to keep his morals intact, but when he sees an open window in someone's house, Henry's desire not to freeze wins over his knowledge that trespassing is wrong. Henry vows to be out before the inhabitants wake up the next morning, but he's so exhausted, he falls asleep.

When Jim, the homeowner, comes downstairs to find a man snoring under his dining room table, he's shocked, but decides to give Henry the benefit of the doubt and takes time to listen to his story. What Henry needs most is another chance and Jim gives him one, because that's what Jim needs as well.

I liked this short but touching, nostalgic story about two men making a Christmas wish come true. Rick knows how to put a lot of emotion into a few words, and does it well. I was a bit disappointed that the story ended so soon, especially when I was becoming attached to the characters, yet, it has a good lesson to all of us: “There but for fortune, go you or I.” Thanks, Rick, for the message of hope and reminding me to appreciate what I have.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 5973 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-December-2019
Price $1.99 ebook
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