A Long Walk Home

A Christmas Novelette

Fiction - Holiday
43 Pages
Reviewed on 11/03/2018
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Author Biography

D.L. Finn is an independent California local, who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA. She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks and cedars, her creativity was cradled until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to her readers to join her.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

With thematic threads and certain plot elements reminiscent of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the long holiday movie classic It’s A Wonderful Life, D.L. Finn’s short-short book, A Long Walk Home, offers a feel-good antidote to potential seasonal doldrums, as well as a cautionary tale about prematurely submitting to such lurking inclinations. Or, as the author slips smoothly into our thoughts: “For once, feeling sorry for herself had turned into a blessing.” Fortunately for the reader’s true enjoyment, Finn does not weigh her story down with presumptuously ponderous portents, nor with light whimsy. She just tells a very pleasing story with a very pleasing style, mindful of what makes good writing good, and a reader’s experience satisfying.

Kenzie is not in the mood for Christmas. Very quickly in A Long Walk Home, D.L. Finn fills us in on why the holiday season for this young woman is definitely headed for the doldrums. We are also quickly made aware of who is looking after making sure this does not happen. A conspiracy of angels, you might say. Some human; one for sure, not. To say more than this, however, would spoil the enjoyment of those hoping and expecting to witness Kenzie’s redemption. After all, Finn ensures we feel compassion for her troubled character, and perhaps more than a smidgen of self-identification. We might be hoping and expecting something in the same redemptive vein for ourselves. And this is the pleasure to be found from Ms. Finn’s Christmas novelette. In a short and pleasing, well written story, we rediscover the meaning of the Christmas spirit.

Jack Magnus

A Long Walk Home: A Christmas Novelette is a holiday-themed novella written by D.L. Finn. Everyone in the office was filled with mingled holiday cheer and excitement over the predicted “Storm of the Century”, and Eileen’s decision to make the already scheduled half-day of work even shorter by closing the office early was greeted with some enthusiasm. Kenzie figured that Eileen wanted out early as well. Kenzie seemed the only one who didn’t want the work day to end, who had nothing to look forward to, no bright happy holiday cheer to fall back on. Tomorrow, on Christmas Day, she was to have gotten married to Heath, the love of her life. They would be traveling to her parents’ house for Christmas and going on to visit his parents, their lives together just beginning. But everything had changed so suddenly. Heath had abruptly broken things off with her, and Joy, her best friend, had just as suddenly confessed that she and Heath were now a couple. Joy would be marrying Heath on Christmas Day, not Kenzie. She stayed around the office as long as she could, and then walked out into the cold and snowy day.

D.L. Finn’s holiday-themed novella, A Long Walk Home: A Christmas Novelette, is a rich and atmospheric tale that focuses on the other side of the holidays -- the forgotten people who feel their solitude even more deeply as everyone is exhorted to be merry. Finn’s characters, especially Kenzie and Joy, are finely drawn and credible, and the scene she draws of a snowy Christmas Eve is delightful and filled with promise. I especially loved the touch of the paranormal as Thomas and Olive watch over the two women, while sharing their own delight with the Christmas scene that is so eloquently alive. A Long Walk Home: A Christmas Novelette is most highly recommended.