Book Reviews

Summerfield's Angel (The Christmas Angel 2) by Kim Fielding

Genre Gay / Historical / 19th Century / Western / Cowboys / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 04-December-2018

Book Blurb

After the hard winter of 1888 ended Alby Boyle’s work as a Nebraska ranch hand, he returned to New York City in search of his long-lost family. His mother and brothers are nowhere to be found, however, and after Alby’s years of absence, Five Corners no longer feels like home. His prospects seem as dim as the nighttime alleys.

When Alby pauses to admire an angel ornament in a department store window’s Christmas display, he meets Xeno Varnham-Summerfield. Wealthy, handsome, and enthusiastic, Xeno brings Alby some temporary cheer. But for Alby to achieve his dreams of love and a real home, well, that may take a bit of holiday magic.

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

This second book of the seven-book series about a wooden Christmas Angel is set in 1888, and the wooden angel at the heart of this series has made it from London (where she was handcrafted in 1750) to New York. She still seems to have men’s happiness as her central “mission” and she has picked a tough pairing this time. Alby is a hardworking cowboy from Nebraska who has returned to his birthplace to try to find his family. Xeno is the son of a rich department store owner with a flair for marketing before that word had been invented. Neither man believes he can ever find love – not when same-sex relationships are illegal – but the angel has other ideas!

Alby is a man in limbo between what he used to do – work as a farm hand in Nebraska – and whatever he will do in future. He has returned to New York to try to find out what happened to his mother and younger brothers after he was forcibly shipped out West to take him away from a life of crime when he was thirteen, but that was a long time ago and finding information is not proving easy. He runs into Xeno when he admires a wooden angel in the shop window, and things take a very different turn – for both men – from the moment they meet.

Xeno is not good at bookkeeping or dealing with customers, but he has lots of ideas how to sell more stuff in his father’s store, and he has an eye for what might be the next trend. He is fascinated by Alby from the start, even if Alby has no idea why an uneducated guy like him (which is how he defines himself) would be of any interest to a sophisticated man like Xeno. All I will say is that, once again, the angel knows what she is doing, and I loved how this story develops. The ending is very clever and absolutely perfect!

If you like historical settings with a few challenges for men who fall in love despite what society tells them, if you enjoy watching two men meet, get to know each other, and wish they could be together forever, and if you’re looking for a read that goes from utterly depressing to hopeful to brilliantly happy, then you will probably like this novella as much as I do. It’s filled with deep emotion, great characters, a few surprises, and a hint of angelic Christmas magic.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 113 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-December-2018
Price $2.99 ebook
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