“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” – Agnes M. Pharo
Paul Alan Fahey has followed up his latest novella in the Lovers and Liars Wartime series with Christmas in Kent, a delightful little holiday coda that’s as cozy as a fire in the hearth and as merry as the holidays could possibly be in World War II England.
Glad tidings of great joy have befallen the little family that will continue to grow through the loving ties that bind them all together, not only by biology but by the unconditional acceptance of Leslie and Edward and the love they must hide from the rest of the world.
The joy of the season is tempered by the realities of the conflict being fought at home and abroad, when the two men meet a young girl who was shuttled out of Germany on a Kindertransport, the trains used to spare the children but which also separated them from their families, contrasting each blessing with the understanding of how tenuous is the peace of the Christmas season, leaving the reader to imagine how difficult it must have been to find even the slightest bit of cheer amidst the despair of war.
If you’ve followed this series from the beginning, be sure to add this Christmas treat to the mix, but beware—it may warm the cockles of your heart and bring a smile to your face.