After his breakdown, only his lover
Richard stayed by his side. Now that heís recovered, Davey
wants to find out if he and Richard can reclaim the romance
they shared before his illness. He convinces Richard to come
away with him to his cabin for some alone time, but when they
arrive the place hasnít been cared for like it was supposed to
be. Will they be able to rekindle their romance?
The Cabin, my favorite
story in this anthology, is a sweet little tale of the
resilience of love. Davey, the narrator, is still a bit
unsure after his breakdown, but determined to give his
relationship every chance to succeed. Richard seems brusque
at first, yet as the story progresses; he takes pleasure in
working around the cabin. The love between the two men shines
through this quick tale, making it a pleasure to read!
The Mountain Troll
Jacob lives in a little town near a
mountain. All his life heís been told of a troll who lives in
the mountains. The townspeople leave little offerings for the
troll, claiming if they donít heíll eat the village virgins.
Jacob doesnít believe in trolls, but he is very curious about
who lives in the caveÖ
The Mountain Troll is an
interesting fantasy story with a lot of atmosphere. Curious
Jacob discovered much more than he bargained for when he found
the gruff yet kind Trogarth. I liked this story, despite a
rather melancholy edge.
The Polar Bear Snowglobe
Ben is always talking Jaime into doing
crazy things. This time, they join the Polar Bear Club.
The Polar Bear Snowglobe is
a quick, tiny slice of the life of Jaime and Ben. Even though
not much happens in the story, Benís infectious enthusiasm got
to Jaime, and I confess I kind of wanted to do something fun
and crazy too after reading this one.
The Winter Garden
Peter tells his parents heís gay at
eighteen, and is kicked out of their house. After attempting
to get work, he ends up on the streets. Years later, during a
very cold winter, something strange happens. Is it a new
beginning, or the end of everything?
The Winter Garden is rather
a difficult story to describe. It was set up a bit like a
fairy tale, only a fractured one. I sympathized with Peter
and hoped he would get a happy ending after the sad years heíd
endured, but the road to his happy ending was unusual to say
the least! I donít want to spoil the story by saying more, so
Iíll just say The Winter Garden was a strange
yet enjoyable story with some interesting twists.
Winter Garden features four
very different stories covering the contemporary and fantasy
genres. While one story stood out as the most emotional and
engaging in my mind, all four stories are enjoyable in
different ways. If youíre looking for a little taste of
winter, even if itís August (and itís 100 degrees as Iím
typing this), then this anthology will work nicely!