- Xavier Axelson
- Release Date
- December 2015
Erotic Romance, Historical Novel with Romantic Elements, LGBTQ
It is Christmas Eve 1943 at The Powers That Be Café a train stop cafe offering warmth and comfort to war bound soldiers and their loved ones. When cafe owner Nat meets a G.I. far from home, the two men find themselves passionately entangled in taboo lusts and something neither of them expected, love.
Feb 13, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
255 people found the following review helpful
Xavier Axelson has written a poignant and beautiful love story that will surely captivate every romantic's heart!
It is Christmas Eve and business as usual at The Powers That Be Café. Nat, the proprietor, serves his clients with good cheer while White Christmas and Jingle Bells blare from the jukebox. Children run around the crowded establishment, couples hold hands and young men warm themselves with coffee and doughnuts. Nothing looks out of the ordinary. It is another seemingly typical evening, but the year is 1943 and war is raging in Europe.
Nat momentarily leaves the diner to his able staff and heads for his office. He sees someone outside his window and invites Kent, a G.I., for a meal and a place to rest before he embarks for Europe. Kent is thankful and his boyish appeal awakens something in Nat. Nat's longing for love and companionship is answered by Kent's appearance. Kent's fear of dying a "virgin" is put to rest. Nat provides Kent with much more than food and shelter that consumes them both. They spend a tender, memorable moment that brims with innocence and unbridled passion.
Xavier Axelson captures the festive atmosphere of the season yet counterpoints it with the reality of the horrors of war and how it affects the lives of the men, women and children who are caught in it. His story is as timely as today's headlines.
His characters, their thoughts and the situations they face are touching because they are written with such simplicity and they ring with truth. Readers will definitely find something familiar that they can relate to.
The best part about CHRISTMAS AT THE POWERS THAT BE CAFÉ is its surprise twist at the end that only proves at the miracle that is Christmas and the power of love. Read this book and be prepared to shed a tear of joy or two.
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