Book Reviews

Christmas Angel (The Christmas Angel 1) by Eli Easton at Pinkerton Road

Genre Gay / Historical / 18th Century / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 02-December-2018

Book Blurb

When John Trent, a dedicated member of the new Bow Street Runners, finds an exquisite carved angel floating in the Thames, he can’t stop thinking about it. He tracks down its creator, a sad and quiet young sculptor. But neither the angel nor the sculptor is done with John just yet. The blasted angel refuses to leave him be, behaving not at all like an inanimate object should.

Alec Allston is resigned to the fact that his love will ever be a river that flows out and never flows in. All he wanted to do was create a special gift so that a small part of himself could be with his unattainable and noble beloved, always. But when the gift keeps showing back up at his shop in the hands of a windblown and rugged thief-taker, Alec will need to reconsider his conviction that love is destined to remain an ethereal ideal.

This book is one of seven stories which can all be read and enjoyed in any order.

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The Christmas Angel Series:

In 1750, a master woodcarver poured all his unrequited love, passion, and longing into his masterpiece—a gorgeous Christmas angel for his beloved’s tree. When the man he loved tossed the angel away without a second thought, a miracle happened. The angel was found by another who brought the woodcarver True Love.

Since then, the angel has been passed down, sold, lost and found, but its magic remains. Read the romances inspired by (and perhaps nudged along by) the Christmas angel through the years. Whether it’s the 1880’s New York (Kim Fielding’s Summerfield’s Angel), the turn-of-the-century (Jordan L. Hawk’s Magician’s Angel), World War II (L.A. Witt’s Christmas Homecoming), Vietnam-era (N.R. Walker’s Soldier’s Wish), the 1990’s (Anyta Sunday’s Shrewd Angel), or 2018 (RJ Scott’s Christmas Prince), the Christmas angel has a way of landing on the trees of lonely men who need its blessing for a very Merry Christmas and forever HEA.

Book Review

As a start to a seven-book series about a wooden Christmas Angel, this touching tale set in the London of 1752 is the perfect beginning. It is the story of Alec, a young sculptor who is ready to commit suicide when he discovers that the man he thought he loved for years casts him aside to get married and produce heirs. But an angel comes to stop Alec, telling him that he has much to live for. She becomes the wooden angel Alec carves in memory of that moment, and she sets off a chain of events that changes everything.

Alec prefers men, and in a time where this is a hanging offense, hiding his preference is crucial. Of course this doesn’t mean there aren’t other men with the same orientation, but it all has to stay hidden from public view. So Alec doesn’t expect to find a man who is far more interested in him than Alec ever expected – nor is it easy for Alec to stop hiding, even from a man who courts him with determination.

John is one of the members of the Bow Street Runners, the first police force in London in a time where catching thieves and criminals was basically left to mercenaries. John finds the wooden angel, tossed aside by the man Alec gifted her to, and his curiosity is piqued. Like any modern-day detective he follows the clues until he has solved the puzzle – and ends up right in Alec’s arms.

Alec and John can’t become lovers, or so Alec assumes, but John has friends who don’t exactly live according to the laws of their time – and that changes everything for Alec. It was wonderful to learn about the sanctuary they have created for like-minded people of all orientations – making for a Christmas celebration that includes everyone and is the beginning of a life neither Alec nor John would have ever thought possible.

If you like historical settings with lots of ambience, if you enjoy watching two men successfully navigate the currents of a society that is hostile to who they are, and if you’re looking for a read that goes from dark and depressing to hopeful and warm, then you will probably like this novella as much as I do. It’s filled with emotion, great characters, and a hint of angelic Christmas magic.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 121 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-December-2018
Price $2.99 ebook
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