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Xmas Cake: A Modern Fairy Tale by [O'Tierney, Raine]
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Length: 43 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology


Once upon a snowy Christmas season, in the glowing metropolis of Midday...

If this were a fairy tale Kyle would be the handsome prince and Riley would be the poor baker in distress. Oh wait, but that's exactly what it is!

When Kyle Prince sees Riley collapse in the snow-covered parking lot, he swoops in to the rescue, whisking the feverish young man off to his high-rise apartment without a second thought.

As Riley mends under Kyle's care, a feeling of closeness grows between the two men. But every fairy tale has its complications. Will the two find their happily ever after this Christmas?

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Boughs of Evergreen is a two-volume collection of short stories celebrating the holiday season in all its diversity. Penned by authors from the UK, the USA, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, these are tales of the young and the not-so-young from many different walks of life.

Themes of family, friendship and romance take readers on a journey through some of the major holidays, both past and present, including Thanksgiving, Advent, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas and New Year. In each we find at the very least hope, and often love, peace and happiness.

Proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization [USA] providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1744 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (1 December 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #321,147 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeter than a Christmas cake 27 January 2015
By Deirdre - Published on
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I was experiencing reading apathy. Every book cover l looked at on my overcrowded Kindle Carousel just felt wrong. I picked the wrong book yesterday which l had to unfortunately give a one star rating which only made me feel worse. I love reading and not doing so well... it just makes me feel sad :0( So finding this little gem by Raine O'Tierney felt heaven sent.

I like sweet stories. So finding a writer who enjoys writing them is a match made in heaven. I have another story by this author in the anthology ON VALENTINE'S DAY which l plan to read in a couple weeks on V-Day. But I'd like to talk about this Christmas story. This is just the pick me up l needed.

The sad but prideful young MC refused to ask anyone for help. He didn't want to be a burden to anyone so he tried to be independent despite desperately needing help. He thought it was a hindrance to be dependent even on his parents. He ended up learning very harsh lessons once he became homeless when he stubbornly refused to ask for or seek out help.

His high ground approach while valiant in principle made for a poor substitute when he needed a place to live and food to eat. He was a penny cautious but a pound foolish. He wouldn't have gotten himself in such dire straits if he'd only swallowed a tiny bit of his pride. Lucky for him his Prince Charming was determined to help him despite his protests.

Prince Charming was a really good man. His compassion and generosity knew no bounds when he became aware of problems that his money could actually impact for the good. He looked out for an actor brother who was a couch away from homelessness. He did all he could to insure that the man he had a "standing date" with was taken care of when he collapsed from hunger, exhaustion, and illness. It didn't matter that the man was a relative stranger. He was needed. And when it came time for him to let his Cinderfella go... He did even though it broke his heart.

The author's manner of storytelling made you feel the pain and strength of character of the MCs. She seemingly allowed the young man to make his mistakes to demonstrate what fairy tales have been doing for hundreds of years, acting as a morality play. In which good behavior and hard work are eventually rewarded, but like Job from the Old Testament some suffering is part of what leads to riches of the heart and often of the wallet. The heartache and despair make for monumental life changes. The good ones always come out better on the other side.

The tenderness shown and sweetness shared make this a story for tender hearts. If you don't like this kind of story don't read it and complain later that it was too much saccharine. It's for lovers of sugary prose. I'm just disappointed it wasn't longer. I hope the author revisits the MCs and brings someone for the Angel (aka Prince Charming's brother).

Initially I was disappointed when I realized that only 328 of 463 locations was devoted to the actual story. It's only because I was enjoying "Xmas Cake" so much and didn't want it to end.
The last 27 percent were summaries of stories from BOUGHS OF EVERGREEN. A HOLIDAY ANTHOLOGY. A nice bit of info on each. Enough to wet your whistle and get you to give a few of them a try.

Oh and if you love Dachshunds you'll understand when l say the Miniature Wirehaireds are the best. I'm sure owners of their Longhaired and Smooth, as well as their larger Standard cousins feel equally as passionate about their variety of Doxie.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable read, worth every penny 29 September 2015
By Jamie B - Published on
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This short story was absolutely charming. The tale of Christmas romance between Kyle and Riley had the perfect amount of Fairy Tale without losing its realistic charm. Riley's woes were (startlingly) relatable for anyone who has graduated college within the last decade. Raine O'Tierney is a fabulous storyteller.
3.0 out of 5 stars not the best, but not the worst 24 November 2015
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This one was just okay to me. I liked the story, but it seemed to have too many characters that were never fully developed and didn't add to the story (again in my opinion). BUT, I really liked it. I thought there could have been more at the end, but it was solid. Not the best, but not the worst.
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money. 22 November 2015
By Nichole - Published on
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Even at .99 this isn't worth it. It couldn't be more meh. There are several other short stories in this series that are much better.
3.0 out of 5 stars sweet 9 January 2015
By Brenda L - Published on
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Much like Xmas cakes this one is sweet. Short. Sweet. Cannot say much more than that, little character development but still.

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