Genre: Contemporary, romance
Can an angel gown for a little boy let a single dad and a drag queen stitch together a new pattern for love?
Hospice nurse Gabe Martin is bisexual but doesn’t have time for love—his main priority is raising Ian, his adopted five-year-old son. Ian loves wearing dresses at home and wants an angel gown for his kindergarten holiday pageant. When Gabe visits a sewing store to get help with Ian’s costume, he’s assisted by a bewitching employee named Loren who opens up Gabe’s focused world.
Drag queen Loren Schuster likes playing with gender norms and wearing skirts and dresses in everyday life. A bad breakup killed his interest in serious relationships, but he reconsiders that stance when gorgeous single dad Gabe walks into the shop. Loren helps young Ian see it’s okay to be himself, and together, Loren and Gabe create a new pattern for a family full of love.
I enjoyed this sweet story about being true to who you are. I was drawn to Gabe and Loren and their stories as individuals immediately, as well as becoming invested in their growing friendship and relationship.
The supporting cast were wonderful, especially Ian and Gabe and Loren’s sisters, and Ian’s teacher. I loved loved how their sisters encouraged their relationship, and the banter between the siblings. I felt for Loren how he is lonely and craves connecting with someone underneath his quirky personality.
I also loved the way Gabe describes non-binary to Ian, and the drag queen story hour is a fabulous idea. I also liked the reaction of both Ian and Nita to Gabe’s attempt at solidarity—it was one of several moments that kept the story real.
The epilogue and happy ending made me happy. This is the first story I’ve read by this author and it won’t be the last. 5 out of 5 stars.