2016 Advent Calendar Review ~ Anyplace Else by Kim Fielding
Title: Anyplace Else
Author: Kim Fielding
Category: Holiday, Fantasy: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy: Mythology
Grant Beaudoin should be thrilled to escape Minneapolis at Christmastime and grateful to lounge on a Hawaiian beach. Instead he is mired in self-pity and drowning in too much tequila. His twin is marrying the perfect man, while Grant is stuck in middle management with no love life in sight. A walk into the rain forest leads to a meeting with a doomed man who has a story about a holiday that predates Christmas. Grant comes to realize that difficult endings can lead to new beginnings—and perhaps a brighter future.
Very unique story that focuses not on Christmas as we know it, but a holiday much much older. There is a mystical and fantastical element to it all. I honestly think it would have made a good novella or full length book. There was a lot of information packed into only a few pages and it made it very hard to connect to the characters and the story. While this is a love story, I wasn't sure where the love came from. I couldn't see the characters connection or what made them want to be together.
All in all, the bones of the story are there. I can see the finished product in my mind, but I needed more.
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*