Review: Dear Ruth (2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers”)

Author: Kim Fielding

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3.5 stars

Buy Links: DSP

Type: Short Story

Received from Publisher


Blurb:  Dear Ruth,

I’m not in the mood for Christmas. After a romantic relationship went up in flames, I returned to my hometown in rural Kansas. Then my mother passed away. I’m really busy with my job as fire marshal—and now with my mother’s advice column, which I reluctantly took over. There’s a sexy newcomer down the street, a guy with a young daughter and an unfortunate disregard for fire safety. He seems to want to be friends, but that creates problems that may be too hot for me to handle. The last things I need right now are flammable holiday decorations and too much holiday food. How am I supposed to give good advice to others when I can’t seem to get my own life straight?

—Bah Humbug in Bailey Springs


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers.”


Review:  This short holiday story was cute and heartfelt. I really enjoyed Bryce and his fire safety ways. Noah was great and I liked how he “handled” Bryce. Bryce is quiet, lonely, and crushing on his new neighbor, Noah. He is also unsure of Noah being gay/bi since Noah is a single father. Bryce is cute when he’s clueless.

There are times when I really miss my small town and this story brought back some of the good memories I had of it. I loved the small town feel Bailey Springs gave off.

I loved reading the ‘Dear Ruth’ letters and actually could have used more of them in this story.

This short story is only 50 pages, so I don’t want to give too much away. You just have to read this little gem.


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