The First Christmas Without You - Michelle Betham
Source: Review Copy courtesy of Harper Impulse
A story of love and hope at Christmas, The First Christmas Without You is an emotional and poignant novella. A truly magical Lapland fairytale…
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.
Ok, as you all know if I dislike a book I always try and find the good in it, sometimes I can't always do that. Unfortunately First Christmas Without You is one of them books that I can't. I just couldn't connect to the book at all, I found the characters bland and the flow long and tedious. I did think the plot was ok mind, but could have been executed a lot better. For me it just kept going on and on. Also, wothout being totally insensitive here the constant me & Jase memories kind of made me roll my eyes. I wanted to read the book not constantly have the fact that she was once happy and did you know her husband died just before Christmas? It constantly repeats itself. We're reminded more than once that they saved up hard for their Christmas trip to Lapland the place they'd always wanted to go but never got the chance too, but she was there now doing it for them. Bore off! It's also very hard to believe that Mikku the Sami she meets is always there at the right time, but then just disappears and she never questions him. Sorry I'm ranting aren't I?
Please take a look at this book for yourself, it has some excellent reviews on amazon so therefore you might actually appreciate it. We all have our own tastes and that's what makes the book world so wonderful.
1/5 (for the plot)