Elves After Dawn #7
Publisher: Kaye Klub Publishing
Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary
What’s an elf gotta do to get respect?
When I’m called to Administration, I’m skeptical that the summons is related to any appreciation the Claus’ feel about how hard I work in the Porcelain Department as a detail painter. I believe it’s somehow in retaliation for my misunderstood relationship with Jingle Bell. Much to my surprise—and concern—I’m given a new assignment to become the Ambassador to the Mystical Convention… I’m being sent to the South Pacific to assist the Easter Bunny.
What awaits me isn’t clear, but I’m determined to shine at my task and show all the nay-sayers that Georgie Peppermint is destined for greatness.
Spring. A symbol of rebirth with blooming flowers, trees, and the arrival of babies in every species. It was always my favorite time of the year, but this year it’s bittersweet. I have a lovely life that’s idyllic to everyone who sees it, but all I see when I look around is loss.
For years, I’ve provided the eggs for Peter Cotton, a local import/exporter on Rapa Nui—Easter Island to outsiders—who holds a worldwide food drive every Spring to celebrate the rebirth on the planet. Sadly, I lost my partner last year, and unless I can find some help, I won’t be able to produce nearly enough eggs to help feed the masses.
Enter the oddly beautiful man wearing tourist clothes and a strange little straw hat. He’s nice and hard-working, a friend of Mr. Cotton’s, and has been sent to the island to assist me. I’m not sure how he can help, but with the sweetly cynical man around, I’m a lot less lonely.
People say there’s magic on Easter Island, thanks to the gods and goddesses who watch over its inhabitants, but never did I believe I’d come face-to-face with the manifestation of the mystical forces. And it all starts with the arrival of Georgie Pepper.
This work of fiction is approximately 32,000 words in length and doesn’t end in a cliffhanger.
It is part of the Easter series, “Elves After Dawn.”
I enjoyed this first book I’ve read by this author and in this shared world. Georgie and Remy’s story is sweet and a lot of fun. I loved the worldbuilding and the author’s take on the North Pole and Easter Bunny.
The twists in the usual Christmas tale had me smiling almost immediately starting the story. It’s the little things that make the worldbuilding like the elves’ latest video game Grand Theft Reindeer and the different sweets Georgie uses to blend into human society. I loved the Cottontail family who are the Easter Bunnies, and I hope Robin gets his own story.
I liked that Remy, still raw from the loss of his wife, doesn’t forget her when he meets Georgie, and that she plays a good sized part in getting them together. Remy’s a nice guy, and ready to help out anyone, and I was rooting for him and Georgie to get together from the moment they met. I liked that they didn’t rush in, and rules aside, did wait until they both admitted their feelings for each other. Poor Georgie’s already been through one unrequited love so it made sense that he’d want to be totally sure his feelings were returned rather than risking another broken heart. Remy takes his introduction, and his own link, to the magical world, very well, but that’s also a reflection of his personality.
I loved Paco, Remy’s cat, and Inez, the head chicken. Their personalities were perfect, and I thought reflected what and who they were.
4 out of 5 stars.