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Christmas is not always the most wonderful time of the year for the many gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people who are estranged from their families. This year's Christmas story concerns two such people--Søren and Magdalena. Søren speaks of Magdalena, his mentor in sadism, in THE MISTRESS and THE KING.
I thought it was high time you all met this cruel and lovely lady who was so important to Søren in the years before he met Nora. I hope you love her much as I do.
(This story takes place when Søren is twenty years old and a seminarian.)
Note: From the December 2015 newsletter. This story is free on author website.
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Carolin’s review: 5+ stars
“Poinsettia” is the Original Sinners Christmas-Story for 2015. Starring are young Soren (referred to as Marcus) and Magdalena. Oh, and his confessor, Father Ballard… The story takes place when Soren just turned 20 years old and was on his seminary to become a Jesuit priest in Rome.
To see Soren with both of his confessors made me cry, to be honest. He is always – professionally and as a human being – there for everyone around him. But he only has his selected circle of people he confesses his secrets to. So to see him so vulnerable and heartbroken made me cry! Yes, Miss Reisz really managed to leave me a sobbing mess after only those few pages.
It was, like always, perfection and I can’t say enough how much I love Tiffany Reisz and the Original Sinners!!!
*** 5 Stars all the way from me for “Poinsettia” ***
Jenn’s review: 4 stars
I can never ever get enough of our beloved Marcus Stearns aka Father Sören. It was lovely to go back in time when he was still Marcus. A young man trying to free himself from his past. Running away from memories, but no matter how far he runs they are always present, haunting his heart and soul. To see how was he as a person before he became Sören, the priest people worshiped and the biggest sadist of circle 8 that many feared and respected highly. To learn just how much he loved Kingsley, how much he missed him and still wanted him with same fierce as the first time they met.
Miss Reisz has delivered once again. I will never get bored of this series and its characters. No matter how they find their way back to us, as long as they do even in short stories like this.
On the other hand there were some parts that didn’t quit hit a homerun with me this time. Maybe curtain things should not be that involved in a stories of this genre. Or maybe it’s just me.
Give me your surrender. Give me your submission. I’ll reward it a thousand times over, I swear.If you don’t want to know what’s in my heart, you should stop cutting it open.”Bambi—you are a terrible submissive.” “I’m not a submissive.”“Love is a curse. Love is a burden. A beautiful curse. A beautiful burden.”
Angy’s review: 4 stars
Merry Christmas Sinners!
Thank you Tiffany for such good gift. I was so eager to read Soren at such young age, as well as his experience with Magdalena. I liked it, but I have to be honest, I didn’t love the whole thing, but the parts that I loved put up for the things I didn’t like. Reading about Soren missing and longing for Kingsley was my favorite part. I even cried when he was telling Magdalena what his relationship with King meant when they were at school. It was beautiful but also sad.
I’m amazed to find so much similarities between Soren and me. Maybe that’s why I love him so much. Despite he didn’t feel so much like the Soren I know at the beginning of this short story, later I knew it was because of his heartbreak over Kingsley. In The Queen I learned how much he suffered over losing Nora, and now I know how much he suffered over losing King. I hugely thank Tiffany for that.
I’d love to read more about Soren at any age. I don’t ask for much, right?