Book Reviews

Hummingbird House by Kenzie Cade at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Ron Fritsch on 05-December-2014

Book Blurb

To honor his grandmother's final request, Trenton Appleton drops everything to visit the family’s ancestral home: Hummingbird House, where he experienced his first kiss and first heartbreak with Callum Eason.

Eight years ago, confused by his attraction to Trent, Callum reacted badly. But with help he never expected, Callum found himself and learned to accept who he was.

Now Trent is back at Hummingbird House, and Callum has his opportunity to salvage their friendship, at least. But Trent is less receptive than he was all those years ago. Still, Callum is determined to show Trent he has changed and keep his promise to Trent’s grandmother. When past mistakes repeat themselves, Callum must break the cycle before his last chance with Trent passes him by.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".


Book Review

'Hummingbird House' is a delightful novella by Kenzie Cade.

Trent Appleton lives with and cares for his grandmother, Astrid Appleton, as she slowly succumbs to Alzheimer’s during the last eight years of her life. Astrid leaves her estate to Trent. It includes Hummingbird House, the ancestral Appleton home (since 1443) in Shere, a village in Surrey, England. Now Trent must travel to England and decide what to do with Hummingbird House. He does so with trepidation. His last visit there was with Astrid during the summer when he was eighteen, she told him she had Alzheimer’s, and her decline began.

That summer was also the last time Trent saw Callum Eason, his boyhood friend in Shere. The colorful Eason family owns The Crooked Cottage, a tavern and inn. Trent had let Callum know he wished to pursue a gay relationship with him. Callum let Trent know he was straight. And yet, swimming naked in a pond with Trent their last day together, Callum had allowed him a kiss as prolonged as it was passionate for both of them.

What I especially like about 'Hummingbird House' are the roles played by Trent’s grandmother, Astrid, and Callum’s mother, Moira. They see through the nonsense keeping Trent and Callum apart. “Don’t be afraid of love,” Astrid tells Trent. “Because in the end, love is all we have.”






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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 57 pages/18381 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2014
Price $3.99 ebook
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