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The Music of Mercy

by Daniel Elijah Sanderfer

Eli is barely getting by. After his mom and dad lost their jobs at a local furniture factory, they lost everything, including their home. Now, he lives with them in a weekly hotel. To help them out, he dropped out of school and got a job at the local Salvation Army Thrift Store.

However, with Christmas just around the corner, the manager has temporarily moved him to the angel tree fulfillment center. Everything is going fine until a senior class from a private school shows up to volunteer. Cole is the total opposite of Eli. He lives in an elegant house, in an upper-middle-class community, and has everything he could ever want, or so he thought.

Meanwhile, when things get busy back at the thrift shop, Eli has to go help out. It's all business as usual until an antique music box shows up, and Eli falls in love. It's all he wants for Christmas but can't afford it. When it sells after just one day, he's devastated, but maybe he hasn't seen the last of it or Cole.

Join best selling author Daniel Elijah Sanderfer for this sweet story about love, hope, and mercy. A stand-alone book in the Heart of the Holidays, a gay YA series celebrating love.


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Publisher: Independently Published

Tropes: Class Differences, Coming of Age, Coming Out / Closeted, Find Love and Come Out, First Time, Friends to Lovers, InstaLove / Love at First Sight

Setting: Martinsville, Virginia

Languages Available: English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Vietnamese


About the Author

Daniel Elijah Sanderfer is a retired Hospitality Manager who currently resides in Southern Indiana with his husband William. Originally from the Blue Ridge Mountain region of Virginia, he moved to Indiana to be closer to his then fiance. They have been married for two years and together for fifteen total years. He was always interested in writing even from a young age and was featured in a few poetry collections as a teen. When he is not writing he is caretaker, as his husband is disabled and requires full-time care. He enjoys going to antique stores and in the summer weekend long yard sales. He currently writes LGBT fiction with a positive direction as he feels too many love stories experience tragedy. He likes to highlight the stories that survived. The couples who fought to stay together and the families that do accept them.