Holidays: Welcome Home Soldier (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers) by Deanna Wadsworth

Dreamspinner Presents


Clay and Daniel fell in love as enlisted men during Desert Shield, but Don’t Ask Don’t Tell meant they had to keep it secret. After Clay’s convoy was ambushed, PTSD changed him, and their relationship ended in a horrible fight on Christmas Eve.

Twenty-five years later, they’ve reconnected on Facebook, and Clay finds out Daniel will be alone on Christmas Eve. Impulsively, he sets out for Daniel’s hometown of Gilead, Ohio—where Daniel is now the mayor—to surprise him with a visit. But a blizzard strikes and Clay wrecks his car. All hope of seeing Daniel is lost—until a mysterious old man named Nick offers Clay a ride. The weight of past wounds and the scars of war might make their reunion awkward, but Clay is willing to take the risk to win back his lost love. Despite a lifetime of disappointing holidays, Clay hopes that this soldier is finally coming home for Christmas.


This was a story about older men finding their first loves again many years later. It’s filled with a lot of angst and recriminations and – to me – it was kind of a downer.

Of course they find their HEA but it was after a lot of sadness.

The writing was nice, but it just wasn’t as uplifting as I’d want it to be.

3 of 5 stars


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