I love anthologies, we get to sample work from authors we may not have read before, but we also get a little fix from authors we love, and my whole reason for buying All I Want was to get Heidi McLaughlin's story, 12 Days of Forever. I needed to get my Beaumont fix and see how the gang were doing.
12 Days of Forever is Yvie and Xander's story. It starts with Yvie travelling to Beaumont, with Xander alternating the chapters. Yvie is homesick, she misses her family, she misses her 'brothers' Liam and Jimmy, and she also wants to get to know Katelyn and the twins better. After scathing comments from Oliver, Yvie decides to get out of New York and visit Harrison for Christmas
12 Days of Forever was a quick read, but it packs so much into the pages it felt like more than a novella. Yvie's chapters give us a look into Yvie and also her childhood with Harrison, what they went through and how they tried to make ends meet. How Harrison was supportive of everything Yvie wanted to do. It also allows Yvie to reflect on her life, and Harrison's life now, and how different it is. We get to see more of the mysterious Yvie we have only ever glimpsed before now, and see the dynamic relationships she has with Liam and Jimmy, who are for all intents and purposes, her brothers.....her very over protective brothers (Harrison and Liam) and the brother how likes to make a joke out of things but also threaten bodily harm (Jimmy)
Xander is also a new face on the scene, and although we do get to delve into his mind, he still remains a mystery, his past, his family, all of that is still kept hidden from us, but we do get to see a lot of different sides to him.....I also won't be looking at a gym in the same way anymore.
12 Days of Forever is a great addition to The Beaumont Series, but I do have an issue with these novellas of Heidi's, the cliff hanger endings. How can you leave a story with an ending of
Do you have plans for New Years Eve? do you know how much I wanted there to be another chapter to this novella, how I wanted it to carry on and find out what the plans where. I need to know what happens next for Yvie and Xander, I need to know what happens for all of them, February is too long to wait to see what happens next, not only for Yvie and Xander, but also for the rest of the gang....especially for Liam and Josie..
I'm going to leave you with this little quote from the novella, I think it says a lot about the story itself, but also about Yvie and her future.
You can’t live your life by someone else’s dreams. They have to be your own and just because it was a dream at one point, doesn't mean it’s your dream now. The beautiful thing about dreams is that they’re ever changing.