The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come of A Christmas Carol fame is stepping into the spotlight with her very own short story. Yes, it's a quick read, but it's also very solid. I never felt as if there were more to the story, which is sometimes the case when reading ones like this.
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is fed up with giving people scary visions of their future if they decide to keep to the path they are on. Because of her rebelliousness, she is sent into the real world as a human, wearing nothing but her shroud, and landing in the snow in front of Justin Welland's estate. It doesn't take her long to figure out she still has a job to do, however, she kind of likes this new human body and she's ready for her second chance at life.
The story tells you it's set in the year 1875, unfortunately for me, it didn't feel as if it was. It could have easily been modern day, on an estate with stables, in the middle of a snowstorm. The electricity could have been out because of said snowstorm. The dialogue didn't stand out as something being said in the 1800's. The only thing that did feel 'antique' about it was the descriptions of the house and furniture.
It also didn't feel too Christmas-y. I'm sure that's the way it was suppose to be written, because Justin doesn't celebrate Christmas. You can't feel it if it's not part of the story at first. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it, though. The romance, that's not really instant like the attraction is, the exciting portion involving her powers, and the thrilling segment of uninvited guests, make this book a quick read that's preferable.
I can't say that it will put you into the Christmas spirit, but it's certainly a start! I would recommend reading this one before starting the deeply Christmas books this year.
The woman under the shroud gets her turn under the mistletoe.
The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come has had enough. No more being the third act in a make-them-repent performance, terrifying people with visions of death. But after twenty years as a faceless wraith, rebellion has consequences.
On the night of December 23rd, 1875, she becomes human—and lands facedown in the snow beside a shabby house. Wearing nothing but her shroud.
As is his custom, banker Justin Welland plans to spend Christmas with his nose to the grindstone. Finding a near-naked woman on his doorstep not only startles him out of his careful routine, “Laura Snow” makes him want to discover the secrets behind her slightly eccentric behavior, her beautiful eyes—and her ability to walk through a wall into his bedroom.
A sizzling kiss rekindles the warmth in Laura’s body and soul. But when a mirror shows her a vision of blood and death, she realizes that if she abandons her ghostly role, someone—maybe Justin—will have to take her place.
Warning: Contains a tightly buttoned-up banker who creates a special Christmas for a woman, and a ghost who discovers being alive has some unexpected…benefits. Also, a kiss that will curl your candy cane.