Humbug

Author: Joanna Chambers

Publisher: Self

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novella

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb:  Quin Flint is unimpressed when his gorgeous colleague, Rob Paget, asks for extra time off at Christmas. As far as Quin is concerned, Christmas is a giant waste of time. Quin’s on the fast track to partnership, and the season of goodwill is just getting in the way of his next big project. But when Quin’s boss, Marley, confiscates his phone and makes him take an unscheduled day off, Quin finds himself being forced to confront his regrets, past and present, and think about the sort of future he really wants…and who he wants it with.

 

Review: Yes – this story is a modern re-telling of Scrooge, embracing all of the familiar elements of Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Yes – this story is clever and fresh.

Yes – this story carries a compelling message – of course!

Yes – this story is completely heart-wrenching and gorgeous.

Quin Flint (I love what the author did with name play here) is a man laser focused on moving up in the business world. So what if it’s Christmas… no time to stop trying to snag the next big client, right? No time to appreciate your new receptionist’s efforts, no time to get together with friends, no time to care about the personal lives of co-workers, no time to thank the security guard for his mince pies, no time to notice the interest from a gorgeous man, no time for… anyone. Including himself.

Quin’s single mindedness and tunnel vision get turned right back at him when Marley, his normally hard line boss, shares some news which has managed to shock her to the core. Marley’s company exists basically to do the dirty work of laying people off from other companies. It’s all about the bottom line you see. Quin had considered Marley a mentor, a paragon of success – so when in the wake of her shocking news she ordered everyone out of the office for Christmas break, he was flabbergasted. Doubly so when she demanded he give her his phone so he couldn’t try to access work remotely.

What follows is an evening of discovery, awakening, self-awareness, letting go, and letting in. With the help of a few good people, Quin is finally able to see them, himself – and his world in general – in a whole new light.

Despite the times I wanted someone to smack him… Quin wasn’t a complete rat bastard. He was someone who had latched on to his own perceived future ideal while battering aside all that was good in his present. In fact we’re shown that at one time he was considered a pretty good guy, and had even given up on a dream. When Quin found himself confronted with exactly how he was perceived by others, I wanted to crawl right through to the pages of the book and wrap him in a huge hug. Such a vivid and crushing scene. Fortunately, the author saw to it that someone was there to catch Quin before he could fall, and to guide him truly home.

I completely enjoyed this story of discovery and redemption through hope and love. It’s beautifully written, and embodies – yes transcends – the holiday season. Do not miss it.

 

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