Back in 2011, MLR Press invited me to do a short story for their Advent calendar. Short and sweet hasn’t been my usual style, but I wrote Where the Heart Is and had a lot of fun with my young veterinarian figuring out his life and what really matters. I’m delighted to have this warm holiday story back out, with a cover that matches. (Thanks to DC Williams for the help.)
Where the Heart Is
Trevor Carson’s life changed the day his father died. After working as a small-animal vet in the big city, Trevor’s now back in his remote hometown, trying to keep his dad’s practice afloat while he figures out his next step.
He expected he’d want to sell up and flee back to civilization as fast as possible, but the town is beginning to feel like where he belongs. Except every day he spends there is a day away from his partner Michael, back in the city. As Christmas approaches, with a much-anticipated visit from Mike, Trevor’s going to have to decide what “home” really means.
(This warm, established-couple holiday romance is a lightly-edited rerelease of the 2011 story. Content warning for veterinary-related pet loss. 14,000 words.)