The Legend of Gentleman John (Dreamspinner 2018 Advent Calendar)
Title: The Legend of Gentleman John (2018 Advent Calendar - Warmest Wishes)
Author: T. J. Nichols
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre(s): Historical Romance, Fantasy
Page Count: 36 Pages
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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"The Legend of Gentleman John" is an unexpected little jewel of a story, encompassing ancient Irish myth and turn-of-the-century Australia hard reality and featuring a transgender main character. The story is told in a non-linear manner, and we get bits and pieces of John's heart-breaking past, a brutal exportation to Australia and a fae love that transcends time and place.
There are no explicit sex scenes here, and the romance reminds me of Austin Chant's excellent "Peter Darling"in the way Banyn sees John's true nature rather than his gender. At only 36 pages, this unusual tale feels complete and I love the way TJ Nichols ends this story. 4 strong stars for "The Legend of Gentleman John."