Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Shades of Boy in the Plastic Bubble and yet not really.
Marie Sexton really had me here because I was afraid I wouldn’t get the HEA I was hoping for but I did[ wouldn’t get the HEA I was hoping for but I did (hide spoiler)]. She had me fooled until the end. Good job, Marie.
I’ve enjoyed Marie’s books, Between Sinners and Saints was amazing and Cinder: A CinderFella Story which I thought I would not like but did enjoy very much. Never a Hero was another of her books where I actually learnt something, cried several times and yet was very happy at the end of the book.
Winter Oranges had an excellent premise so naturally I had to devour this book. A child star, now a washed up actor, falls for a man who has been trapped in a snow globe for over a hundred years. I’m often surprised when said star goes on to have some kind of happy life because doesn’t it seem that Hollywood destroys them much to the delight of the tabloids and tabloid readers? Surely I wasn’t the only one who thought about breaking the snow globe closer to the start of the story?
I enjoyed the characters and could very much relate to Jason’s pining away for his fellow actor Dylan’s heart (Dylan was a player, no?). And it was great that Ben didn’t have a perfect healthy (what with his asthma) body. Also it was nice that this was not insta-love which does get kind of annoying. I do enjoy a sensible slow burn (as opposed to ridiculous) and Jason needed real love in his life and Ben surely did too after over a hundred years going without and luckily Ben was gay too though after that long if I was Ben who would have cared if I had been given a Jason or a Jasmine (of course I'd most likely have skipped this book if it had been a Jasmine... no offense).
I’m pretty sure I had to wipe my sad eyes on my shirt at least once while I read this tale which was kind of nice too that my heart hasn't totally frozen through just yet and Marie can still reach me.
It did kind of nag at me to wonder how Ben’s sister was able to do what she did to... you’d better just read the book to find that out. The genealogical research was a nice touch too.
I’d give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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