Title: By Way of Vegan Donuts
Author Name & Publisher: Kay Walker — Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date & Length: July 22, 2015 — 48 pages
In a tourist town in the Canadian Rockies, Simon is spending the summer working at his sister-in-law’s bookstore. Shy around new people, Simon prefers to keep his nose in a book. When Benji, a local who works at a café down the street, hears Simon is vegan, he figures the best way to welcome him is bake him a vegan donut.
Upon their first meeting, there’s an undeniable burst of chemistry. Simon is drawn to Benji’s outgoing personality and wants to get to know him better. All Simon has to do is figure out a way to get over his nervousness and ask the casually flirty Benji on a date.
Simon moves to Canmore, Alberta to help his sister-in-law out after his brother’s death. To welcome the newcomer to town, Benji leaves a vegan donut at Simon’s family bookshop.
Simon’s journey from insecurity and grief to HEA is very quick. Benji’s journey from world-travelling adventurer to home-town-settled boyfriend is equally quick. This is a very short story, so I guess the speed is to be expected.
Oddly, however, this starts with the slow build introduction of a good novel. Characters are introduced and built carefully. The Rocky Mountain setting is beautiful. I was actually reading this in a plane flying over the rockies and couldn’t help but appreciate Walker’s language even more as I travelled. I really liked the quiet book-worm Simon and his interactions with his sister-in-law and niece.
But the pace moved very fast once the story started. I can’t help but wish this had been a full novel. Unfortunately, I didn’t ever feel like I really knew Benji – though I wanted to very much. We only see a couple of interactions before the men are attached and there are only a few more moments before they are forever.
I think I’d love this as a novel. As a short story, there are too many gaps and I struggle to believe in the instant HEA.
Kay Walker was born and raised on the Canadian Prairies. Growing up in a small, rural town, books not only helped to pass the time but also became a beloved form of entertainment. Reading opened up the world in ways Kay could only dream about. And dream she did! Kay now loves trying to create characters, plots, and entire worlds of her own in hopes to entertain others.
In addition to reading and writing, Kay likes watching movies and television shows – especially anything supernatural, sci-fi, LGBT, or with strong female characters. She enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and tries to be buddies with the elliptical. (They don’t always get along.)