Jessie Collins has always wanted to visit Lapland. But this Christmas, more than any other, it’s the place she feels she really needs to be as she tries to come to terms with a future she really needs to start living.
This poignant novella explores the other side of Christmas. Jessie’s had a year to come to terms with her tragic loss but the festive time of year brings bitter sweet memories. Tired of being everyone’s pity object she embarks on the trip of a lifetime with her brother to Lapland, hoping she can feel closer to her lost love, living the dream they wanted to experience together.
The setting is beautifully vivid and manages to make Lapland seem like the Christmas fairytale. Jessie is a strong woman, who realises she is the only one with the power to move on to the next stage of her life. Exploring the quaint resort on her own she encounters Mikku and feels a bond with him, which she neither expects nor welcomes but can’t ignore. Jessie trusts her new friend and acts on his advice even though it puts her outside her comfort zone. What she experiences forces her to make a life changing decision.
‘The First Christmas Without You’ has courage, mystique and romance. It’s guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit, a lovely, enchanting tale.