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For Zachary Weston Christmas means sleeping on a churchyard bench in the freezing snow with nothing better in his future. Thrown out of his home for being gay, he is left without money or, it seems, anywhere to go.

Until a stranger shows him that some people do give a lot more than a damn.

Ben Hamilton is a rookie cop in his small home town. He finds a young throwaway, fresh from the city, sleeping on a bench in the churchyard on a snowy Christmas Eve. Can he be the one to give Zachary his own Christmas miracle?

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The Christmas Throwaway
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4.1 / 5
The Christmas Throwaway
December 30th, 2014
An interesting exploration of youths thrown from their homes by homophobic parents. Zack endures nearly four years of his father's homophobia and his mother's inability to take action to prevent the abuse which he endures at home and in a series of 'rehab' centres. He is thrown out of his home and soon finds himself cold and huddling in front of a church in a small town that he does not even know the name of. This is where I feel the story could be improved by detailing more of Zach's background before he encounters Ben. It is a little miraculous that Zach would stumble into the arms of a man and a family that accepts him with such open arms. The story is well written and I found it hard to put down but it would be more true to life if we found out about Zach's past earlier rather than after the fact as he and Ben try to get his younger sister out of the house to protect her.
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Feel good read
October 25th, 2013
What a beautifully written book! Read in 2 days , I just couldn't stop reading this book about a boy, beaten up by his father and thrown out of his home for being Gay. The policeman Ben is the perfect gentleman and the Prince Charming in this book which I highly recommend.
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September 23rd, 2013
Lovely story amazing characters!! I real feel good story! Loved it!
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