Merry Christmas, Henry (A Chicago Christmas)

Merry Christmas, Henry (A Chicago Christmas)

by Aubrey Wynne

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Henry, a shy and talented artist, moonlights as a security guard at a museum and loses his heart to a beautiful, melancholy woman in a painting. As his obsession grows, he finds a kindred soul who helps him in his search for happiness. On Christmas Eve, Henry dares to take a chance on love and fulfill his dream.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153492278
Publisher: Aubrey Wynne
Publication date: 11/06/2016
Series: A Chicago Christmas
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 503,695
File size: 409 KB

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Merry Christmas, Henry 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
This is a darling short story that's perfect to read in a sitting to get in the holiday spirit. Henry is a loner--one who is extremely talented as an artist. He quietly works diligently at his job as a museum security guard at nights and falls in love with a woman from a painting. For twenty years, he pines for her. When he decides to give himself a gift, as well as brightening this lonely woman's surroundings, he finds a Christmas miracle. Although there's a touch of fantasy, this story is wonderfully heartwarming. Henry is a great character with a lot to offer. I love the way the story unfolds and the way Henry is portrayed. There's a lot of emotion and detail given to the way Henry thinks and acts and I enjoyed getting to know him intimately. This story is reminiscent to the movies Somewhere in Time (Collector's Edition) and Mr. Krueger's Christmas. Content: some mild language; very mild romance; nothing violent or religious. Clean! *I received a copy from in exchange for an honest review*
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
An imaginative and touching story! Makes me think that anything can happen when someone loves you. A sweet wistful romance tied up with a red Christmas ribbon; a perfect read for an afternoon by a warm fire. (Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: Merry Christmas, Henry Author: Aubrey Wynne Publisher: Melange Books, LLC. Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review: "Merry Christmas, Henry" by Aubrey Wynne... "Henry, a shy and talented artist, moonlights as a security guard at a museum and loses his heart to a beautiful, melancholy woman in a painting. As his obsession grows, he finds a kindred soul who helps him in his search for happiness. On Christmas Eve, Henry dares to take a chance on love and fulfill his dream." What I liked from this read... This is a very wonderful Christmas holiday romantic read, however I think this one can be read anytime. I found "Merry Christmas, Henry" was a well written story and this short page turner that flows very smoothly and will definitely keep your attention to the end. It was beautiful how this author was able to show us that you can find love in so many forms. The details were excellent as you will be drawn into a wonderful story of this character named Henry. As Henry becomes more and more obsessed with the painting...well I will stop here because I don't want to spoil it but there will be some 'magic of love' which really makes this read so beautiful and special.
mroziuk1 More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.  Characters: The two main characters are shy, withdrawn Henry and his friend Melinda. Henry is a kind, gentle middle-aged man who lives alone in a studio near his place of work, an art museum. I liked him immediately because although he preferred to spend his time alone, it was clear that he cared about the people he did come in contact with on a regular basis. Melinda is the owner of the museum and Henry's closest friend. She wants Henry to interact more, but understands him well enough to figure out that it may not happen.  Plot: Henry prepares to spend the holidays just the way he likes them: by himself, with a painting in the museum of a solemn woman in a bleak background. As Christmas draws nearer, he decides to add a few touches to the painting to add a little cheer around the woman that he is madly in love with and has named Rebecca. Pretty soon, he notices some odd things about his beloved painting...until Christmas, when something unexpected, but welcomed, happens. Merry Christmas, Henry is a cute, cheerful little tale about one man finding the companionship he deserves. The novel was interesting from beginning to end. The only thing that confused me is that sometimes the author and her characters would refer to Henry as Hank, and I wasn't sure why. I assume Hank was his alter ego, one created to help him paint, but it wasn't explained.  Writing: Wynne's talent shines through in this novel. Her descriptions are vivid and not too wordy. Henry and Melinda are suffeciently developed, easy to like characters. The story was told in just the right amount of pages - any longer would have been dragging and any shorter would not have been enough.  I recommend Merry Christmas, Henry to those in need of a pick-me-up during the holidays, which can be lonely and depressing for a lot of people. This descriptive, sweet story will bring a smile to your face at the end. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful romantic Christmas story! This story really puts me in the holiday mood. I enjoyed this from the beginning to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her debut story, Merry Christmas, Henry is a skillfully told and beautiful tale.  The short story is touching and has all the elements of a holiday piece you'll return to year after year.  Aubrey also makes it very hard to believe that this her first published work.   And even though this not a paranormal piece exactly the amount of mysticism will satisfy most paranormal readers and non-paranormal readers alike. Grab your hot chocolate, curl up by the fire and indulge.  This piece is five heart-warming stars. 
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Merry Christmas, Henry is a quick and quirky holiday read by Aubrey Wynne. This is a quick read, perfect for those with limited reading time. Ms. Wynne has once again penned an awesome story filled with lovable characters. Henry is a security guard by night and an artist on his off hours. No, that's not right, he's an artist with a night job as a security guard. I started this story feeling sorry for Henry, until I didn't. There are lots of feels jammed into this book. I enjoyed every page and look forward to reading more from Aubrey Wynne in the future. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read a complimentary copy of this book that I received from Bookfunnel. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
A very short listen that will take your breath away about a very talent artist who isn’t in it for the money but for the art of making beautiful art. He falls in love with a woman in a painting and become obsessed with her. This is very well thought out and put together so much so you feel the love and the pain. It is a beautiful story of true love that will touch every romance read straight to your heart. I just loved it as it brought a tear to my eye and smile to my heart. Mr. Jordan really brings this story to life for me pulling on my heartstrings making me believe in true love that is worlds apart with many centuries between them. He really make me feel Henry’s love, his wants and needs and what drove him. I loved his character voices he really gives so much to them. You can feel the emotions in his voice. You know just what each character is feeling, you always know who is talking. There are no background noises, no volume changes and if any breaks were taken I could not tell. This story is built around Henry and the narrator knows just what it takes to make Henry and the picture he is obsessed with seem real and come to life. Mr. Jordan delivers a very clean, clear audio that you get lost in. His natural voice is just a wonderful as his character voices. It is a voice you have no trouble listening to as he brings excitement and sorrow to Henry that holds you spellbound. I did not want it to end, I wanted to know more about Henry and his true love.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
love, holiday-themed ---------------- A truly beautiful story exceptionally well written. Everything is so well described that people and paintings are easily visualized, and the emotions portrayed are felt by the reader. Don't miss this gem!
NNLight More than 1 year ago
Merry Christmas, Henry is a beautiful, heart-wrenching short story about the magic of love and Christmas. Henry is a lonely artist working as a night watchman at a museum in Chicago. He’s shy, especially when it comes to women, but that doesn’t get him down. Instead of talking to a beautiful woman, he commits her image to memory and goes home to paint her in his upstairs apartment. For the past twenty years, his heart yearns for a sad woman in a painting hanging in the museum. There’s something about her that captures his heart and no other woman can compare. He only wishes he could add some color to her dreary painting. Maybe then, she’s look his way and smile. That’s when an idea blossoms in his heart. Can he? Will he get arrested? It’s worth the risk to bring some beauty to the love of his life. Aubrey Wynne has penned one of the best short stories I’ve ever read. It’s filled with emotion, mystery, magic and all takes place at Christmastime in a museum. Henry is someone I can relate to as he’s an artist who discovers what life is all about. Love is a core theme in this moving story. The characters are fleshed out, the plot moves quickly and Wynne grabs the reader from the beginning and doesn’t let go. The ending came too quickly because I wanted to read more. Highly recommend! Favorite Character/Quote: “His fingers itched to reach out and pull her from the painting and hold her, soothe her, give her comfort. Henry knew that if she could turn and face him, he would be looking at the most exquisite creature he’d ever seen. His hand shook as he reached out to touch the canvas.” My Rating: 5+ stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Merry Christmas Henry is a short but sweet story about how one man finds love in the most unusual way. This is a story you can read anytime of year.
Book_WormMM More than 1 year ago
Before I begin with this review, I want to make a note that I did receive this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Merry Christmas, Henry, by Aubrey Wynne, is a novella about a shy artist on his quest to find love on Christmas. First off, I really ended how short this book is. It is about 30 pages long. When I first read the book, the shortness was a delight since I was in a reading slump at that time. However, I did rad this book again, and I did enjoy the short and consist writing that the novella provided. I also enjoyed the writing style. Even though the book as short and consist, I still fell as though you are not belong left out. You do feel as though you get to know the main characters very well, you know the main plot, and there is no missing information. Another thing that I enjoyed with this novella is the relatable characters. You do not have a lot of characters since our main character, Hernry, is painfully shy, however I do enjoy his interaction with the few people tha the is friends with, and feel as though each person is a person you could meet. Finally, the last thing that I enjoyed was the pace. For shush a sort book, I did not feel as though we went to fast or too slow. I also did not feel like we skipped anything important. However, with everything that I did enjoy with this book, there is one thing that I did not enjoy. With both times that I have read this novella, I felt like we were missing something. Not something character or plot base, but that pizazz or something special to make this novella stand out. I am not sure what it is, but I did not like ending the story with “that’s it?” The ending was just so-so. This was a disappointment since I was expecting something a bit more magical. In the end, I am recommending this novella to everyone. I believe that you will enjoy the characters and the magical Christmas tale that they are a part of. In addition, the writing is superb.
DKolins More than 1 year ago
Merry Christmas Henry is a beautifully, well-written story. Right from the start I was facinated by Henry. Henry is a kind and quite type. He also paints and has a beloved aunt who supported his dreams.He spends his lunch time sitting in a chair staring at a beautiful but sad woman " Rebecca" in a painting. He decides to make some changes to the painting. One day when he walked away after saying Merry Christmas to the beautiful lady he heard someone say Merry Christmas Henry.Then one day Melinda goes looking for Henry and ends up at the museum and sees a crowd standing by the painting Henry starred at every day and she noticed some changes then she saw Henry's head and face in the painting and she said Merry Christmas Henry!! You really need to read this book. I truly loved it!!