A surprisingly powerful novella about moving forward from past mistakes.
Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Elaine Spires for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and blog tour media kit!
About the Author
Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine spends her time between her homes in Essex and Five Islands, Antigua (W.I.).
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Like a rhinestone Miss Havisham Eloise plans to spend Christmas alone, lying on the settee, crying her eyes out and listening to Dolly Parton’s Greatest Hits. But a fall in the sleet two nights before Christmas lands her at the feet of rough sleeper Adam who is fighting his own demons. Limping, cut and bruised, she has no alternative but to accept his offer of help. And instead of rejection and solitude there’s friendship and company and the festive season suddenly seems brighter. Eloise’s never seen a rainbow at Christmas… Until now.
Review (No Spoilers)
I was pleasantly surprised by how You Never See Rainbows at Christmas managed to deliver several powerful messages in such a short amount of pages!
The plot follows two characters, Elouise and Adam, who have both been through a significant amount of trauma. Together, they work to accept the past and move on towards a brighter future. While this alone is an amazing and important message, it’s also coupled with Eloise learning to overcome her prejudices about homeless/poor people. I don’t think enough people talk about how rampant classism is in our society, so I very much appreciated that.
This book is somewhat marketed as a rom-com so I want to warn that it’s more of a contemporary novel. It tackles a lot of hard issues–familial abuse, homelessness, depression, alcoholism–so make sure you’re prepared to read about these topics before you go in.
Another thing to be prepared for is how flashbacks are handled. Instead of doing italics or something like that to indicate a past event, Elaine Spires has one character basically go a really long monologue. As a result, there will sometimes be around 5-8 pages of one person talking without interruption. As someone who’s never seen this before in a novel, it was kind of hard to get used to. If you read it as more of a flashback rather than a monologue, it reads much smoother (in my opinion).
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