Author: Grace Draven
Title: Sunday's Child
Rating: Three Petals
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The holiday season has arrived, and museum archivist Claire Summerlad envisions a lonely Christmas for herself and her autistic son...until she meets a mysterious new co-worker who seems strangely familiar.
The memory of a Christmas past is brought back to life when Andor Hjalmarson is introduced to the woman he once called Sunday’s Child. A thousand years of exile has made Andor a nomadic wanderer, but is a future with Claire possible with a centuries-old punishment hanging over his head?
Andor's punishment is banishment and being forced to work with Father Christmas every year to deliver presents to children around the world. He doesn't mind it too much, especially when he meets little Claire, who can see through his glamor. She's what's known as a Sunday's Child and Andor can't help feeling protective of her. Still, he doesn't see her again for approximately twenty years and that child has grown into a fine woman, a woman Andor can't help having forbidden feelings for.
Overall I found this to be a sweet holiday short story. It ticked all the right buttons with a little bit of magic augmenting Santa, a love story, and a touch of conflict to make the true love feel all the more special. It was well written and interesting, but I've read stories like this before that were better than this one.
It wasn't just that this plot was cliche and overdone, because dozens of them come out every year around the holidays and I still enjoy them. It was that this story didn't bring anything new. I've read about a spoiled fae prince having to work with Santa and falling in love with one of his charges before. I also didn't appreciate the romance, which I felt was rushed and therefore lacked depth. Plus, the fact that this story and the characters purposefully chose to lose their magic made me sad, when the story was supposed to be uplifting instead.
The story was well written and sweet, but I've read it before and I found those versions to be more interesting. This story didn't bring anything new to the holiday genre, the romance lacked depth, and the magic was disappointing. I therefore cannot recommend this story.
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