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Review: Ash Believes the Impossible – Kim Fielding

Ash Believes the Impossible - Kim Fielding

Genre: Fantasy, Holiday, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Reviewer: Tony

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About The Book

Asher Kaufman could use a miracle. But first he’ll have to believe they exist.

Ash is single, strapped for cash, and burned out from his work at a nonprofit. Everyone else’s holiday spirit leaves him feeling like he’s in the wrong movie.

Then strange, thoughtful gifts begin appearing outside his door: a rustic basket filled with pinecones and acorns, and a beautiful handmade scarf in Hannukah colors. But the most wonderful gift of all comes when he meets Clay, his secret admirer, a beautiful young man who happens to be a fairy who lives in the wooded wonderland behind the duplex where Ash lives.

Clay brings warmth and magic into Ash’s dreary life–but when the realities of the human world threaten the bridge to fairyland, it will take all Ash’s faith to bring about a happy-ever-after that will work for everyone.

The Review

Ash Believes the Impossible is a sweet (if twee) story that seems to have an odd reading audience in its sights: it’s like a child’s fairy story with gay sex between the main characters, Ash and Clay.

The writing is a little on the… I-want-to-say naive side. There are some interesting concepts broached, and there’s a fairyland which veers from the traditional to the cartoon.

Ash can be a little contradictory. At one point, he says he is not very observant of Hanukkah but he does seem to go on and on about it, and then actually celebrates it. 

The characters are good guys (the fairy queen less so) and they all go out of their way to treat others well.

A bit hit and miss, but quite joyous all the same.

The Reviewer

Tony is an Englishman living amongst the Welsh and the Other Folk in the mountains of Wales. He lives with his partner of thirty-six years, four dogs, two ponies, various birds, and his bees. He is a retired lecturer and a writer of no renown but that doesn’t stop him enjoying what he used to think of as ‘sensible’ fantasy and sf. He’s surprised to find that if the story is well written and has likeable characters undergoing the trails of life, i.e. falling in love, falling out of love, having a bit of nooky (but not all the time), fending off foes, aliens and monsters, etc., he’ll be happy as a sandperson who has just offloaded a wagon of sand at the going market price. As long as there’s a story, he’s in. He aims to write fair and honest reviews. If he finds he is not the target reader he’ll move on.