5 and 4 Stars for Hearth and Home (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar) by E.T. Malinowski @dreamspinners


Title: Hearth and Home (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar)
Author Name & Publisher: E.T. Malinowski (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 30, 2015 – 56 pgs


Thistle is a sweet elf with a kind heart. He tries his best to help all the other elves in Santa’s workshop. Unfortunately, Thistle tends to leave disaster in his wake despite his good intentions. He dreams of finding an elf who will love him in spite of his clumsiness, an elf he can make a home for. But what elf wants to live in constant peril? Thistle figures he should just stick with his anonymous treat baskets, especially where Bayberry, Santa’s production manager, is concerned.

Bayberry is a bit of a serious elf. A little distant from most of the North Pole crew, Bayberry is lonely. When another Thistle Incident occurs, pushing the production department behind schedule only a few weeks before Christmas, Bayberry gets a “suggestion” from The Big Guy to ask Thistle for help. What could an accident-prone elf do to assist him? But to Bayberry’s surprise, he might gain more than help with his monthly reports.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.

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I really loved this book. It was one of the best books I’ve read.  I wish it was longer because I wanted to read more.

The concept for the story and the plot was exceptional. Two of Santa’s elves falling in love. So holiday perfect.

My favorite character was Thistle. Clumsy but sweet elf that everyone avoids but who has a heart of gold. The poor guy just didn’t feel like he fit in anywhere, but Mrs. Claus filled the mother role for him and welcomed him into her heart and kitchen because he was a very good baker. The other main character, Bayberry, also has a sweet heart and sees Thistle for the wonderful man he really is. He sees right through him, becomes more aware of him, and realises he’s in love with him.

Thistle is made for keeping a home for someone. He has a way with baking and cooking. Bayberry finally sees this and welcomes it and Thistle, into his heart.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. I highly recommend it and encourage everyone to get it. It’s perfect holiday reading which will put you in the mood and warm your heart and make you want to eat cookies.



I love this book and I’m not one much for fantasy but this was a great read. The author was able to put together to totally different elves and make it believable. I really felt bad for Thistle in the beginning but it was great that both Thistle and Bayberry where able to make it work and have their HEA. This was a really great Christmas story.



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