This is a redemption story. It's not a stroke story.
Don Lockwood has long been the master of redemption stories, and feel good stories. Heroes, and Tammy, and Samantha, and even DoaL...
I found myself going back to his stories, and reading them in bulk, to restore my beliefs in humanity.
Reviewed: 2013-12-11 - (Review Updated: 2013-12-15)
I have a soft spot for these type of stories. To wit, someone loses a loved one(s) and another intrepid soul fills in the immense hole in the first person's life, often while trying to fill one in their own life.
This is an excellent example of this type of story. And it doesn't fall prey to a common deficiency. As these stories most often are about the young, the protagonists often act far more mature than their chronological years. While some allowances are possible for artistic license, most often times the author just goes too far. That isn't the case here. The level of maturity exhibited by both main characters was just at about the right level.
The story is plausible; the characters are believable; the story is well paced and never forced; the dialogue is crisp, balanced and oh so believable. I only have one criticism and it's small. The story takes place in 2002, the year after 9/11 and contains a date of Thursday, December 13. In 2002, Dec. 13 was a Friday.
That little miss of research aside, this is a beautiful, uplifting story that I find myself drawn back to repeatedly, especially around Christmas.
Reviewed: 2006-04-17 - (Review Updated: 2006-04-17)
I first read this story shortly after it was posted. I remember thinking "Wow, this guy can write!" and shortly thereafter I discovered DoAL, the NiS series, and the rest of Frank's work. It was after reading DoAL I realized that Frank is one of the few true romantics who has experienced 'real love', not the bull most of us claim to have experienced. I also realized that he has a rare gift, that gift allows him to put that love down into a story and make us readers feel what he wants.
'The Ghosts of Christmas Past' is a story of love, loss, pain, ant the trials of opening up ones self to the possibility of loving again. You can feel the pain the protagonist endures and you can see the struggle in which he goes through to overcome his pain.