Carson is a California transplant settling into life in the Windy City. On his first Christmas away from home, he assures his worried family he’ll be having a real Christmas dinner.
Recent culinary school graduate Tom Stockton earns some extra money giving out cooking advice at the Talk Turkey hotline. Tom’s honeyed voice and sharp sense of humor are attractive to the lonely Carson, and Carson finds reasons to call the hotline again and again. But on Christmas Eve, Carson’s call is less playful and more panicked with the big meal looming. Carson is just looking for advice, but Tom has a surprise in store that might lead to much more.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package "Sleigh Ride".
Who knew a call to one of those turkey hotlines that are hyped around Thanksgiving could lead to romance? Carson has just moved to Chicago, not even unpacked properly yet and he promises his mother to cook a Christmas dinner since he can't be home with the family. When Tom answered the turkey hotline that day, he had no idea the voice on the other end would be life-changing.
Bru Baker's Talk Turkey was originally published as part of Dreamspinner's annual Advent Calendar in 2015 but somehow escaped my reading until now. Personally, as someone who has cooked more Thanksgiving turkeys than I care to remember, I could never understand how so many people have no clue how to do so but then I remember my first one was under the watchful eye of my grandmother and my mom was only a phone call away. Miss Baker takes an average holiday tradition that many partake in and gives it a creative spin that leaves you laughing, smiling, and rooting for Carson. I was rooting for Tom as well and for the pair to unite but Talk Turkey is basically Carson's journey of first time holiday cooking and you can't help but want to wrap him in bubblewrap and say "let me do it for you".
Talk Turkey is a wonderful holiday novella that makes a great appetizer for the season. Whether you read it now or in the middle of a summer heatwave will make no difference because it has everything, well its pretty light on drama but its definitely high on fun, flirty romance, comedy, and plenty of heart.
Bru Baker got her first taste of life as a writer at the tender age of four when she started publishing a weekly newspaper for her family. What they called nosiness she called a nose for news, and no one was surprised when she ended up with degrees in journalism and political science and started a career in journalism.
Bru spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. She now works in reference and readers' advisory in a Midwestern library, though she still finds it hard to believe someone's willing to pay her to talk about books all day. Most evenings you can find her curled up with a mug of tea, some fuzzy socks, and a book or her laptop. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.