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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
A Christmas to Live For by Brett Nelson is a Christian romance. It's set in New York City during the holiday season. Bryan Crandon has gone to a Hallowe’en gala hosted by his friend. Across the room, he sees the girl he has been dreaming of, Kristin Greene. He manages to speak to her but, when the night ends, neither has given up their contact details. But Bryan can’t get his mind off her, even though the last thing he wants is another relationship. His family and friends don’t know it but Bryan is struggling with anorexia and bulimia and just doesn’t have the strength to face anything else, least of all a relationship. His best friend intervenes and pushes him in the right direction, towards Kristin and happiness. Can he make the jump? Will Kristin help him with his struggles, or are they destined to be nothing more than friends?
A Christmas to Live For by Brett Nelson is a unique story. Most authors write about eating disorders in terms of women; this is a fresh look from the perspective of a man with the same disorders. This isn’t just a story of personal struggles, although it does show you that what you see isn’t always what you get. You can’t see from first glance what a person may be struggling with underneath and a bit of kindness can often go a long way. It’s also a story about true friendship, celebrating the holidays with friends and a bit of romance. The characters are wonderful, developed into real people with their own issues and foibles and you live their lives through this story. Most people don’t think of men as having things like anorexia or bulimia and, fictional though it is, this book is a real eye-opener and a thoroughly enjoyable one at that.