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
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Class Differences, Coming of Age, Coming Out / Closeted, Find Love and Come Out, First Time, Friends to Lovers, InstaLove / Love at First Sight
Word Count: 25000
Setting: Martinsville, Virginia
Languages Available: English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Vietnamese