Title: Homemade from the Heart
Author: Bru Baker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 52 Pages
Category: Holiday Romance, Contemporary
At a Glance: The entire story was just perfect, and I thoroughly recommend it with a cup of your favourite hot beverage!
Reviewed By: Jenn
Blurb: Craft store owner Grant has always been a sucker for a pretty face, and that goes double for a pretty face with an adorable sidekick. When seven-year-old Aubrey has her heart set on taking Grant’s already-full holiday craft series, he caves and gives up his one day off a week so she (and her hot guardian, Josh) can take private lessons. Their flirting ramps up week after week, and even though Josh isn’t with Aubrey’s mother, Grant can’t be sure the man isn’t straight. Maybe he’s just being friendly. And Josh, who most definitely is not straight, is afraid of being the creepy guy hitting on the teacher.
Frustrated by their stubbornness and cluelessness, Aubrey takes matters into her own hands. She decides the best gift to give Josh is something homemade and from the heart—a boyfriend they’ll both love.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers.”
Review: This story was so sweet and really captured my heart. I wanted a physical copy to hold to my chest and squee because it was perfect.
Grant is a hard-working owner of a crafts shop aimed at kids, something I would have loved when I was a kid myself. I hope the author does a release at some point and provides some of the crafts Grant and Aubrey do during their private lessons as a bonus, because I really want to have a go myself.
Grant embodies the saying assumptions make an ass out of you and me, as he spends most of the story believing Josh to be Aubrey’s dad, and never questions if it’s true—even when Josh gives him clues that it’s not. The sheer joy Aubrey was having during her session reached out through the pages and warmed the heart. I loved her strong-headed nature and the ease and comfort Josh had in changing her mind.
Grant’s sweet nature was wonderful to read, and he took the teasing from his friends really well for choosing to give private lessons on his day off, so I was rooting for Josh to ask him out, and nearly dancing for joy at the climax. The entire story was just perfect, and I thoroughly recommend it with a cup of your favourite hot beverage!
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