When the doctors say there’s no hope, Santa begs to differ. After all, he claims, miracles are love combined with action to get the desired result. And at Christmas time, everyone deserves a miracle!
David Wright is dying from cancer. He is not expected to see another Christmas. At least that’s what the medical professionals say. Fortunately, Santa begs to differ. After all, modern medicine is nothing more than a best guess. Santa believes anything is possible until you give up. When Santa tells David’s wife, Joan, that heaven is full and she has to keep her husband alive, she is beside herself. She has no medical skills. How can she save anyone’s life? Set your skepticism aside as Santa embraces a family already mourning their father’s terminal diagnosis and teaches them that a Christmas miracle doesn’t always require heavenly intervention. Sometimes, all it takes is a family with enough love to create their own. As Santa says, a true miracle is when love combines with action to get the desired results. And only humans are capable of that. Will Santa’s words fall on deaf ears? Or will Team Wright find a way to save their father’s life?
As a child, Seelie Kay discovered the power of the pen. While other kids played hopscotch and softball, she read books and crafted stories filled with fantasy and suspense. Blessed with an inquisitive mind, a vivid imagination, and an unrelenting thirst for knowledge, Seelie’s passion for the written word endures. After stints as a journalist and lawyer, she hung out her shingle as a freelance writer, editor, and author. When not spinning her kinky fantasies, Seelie ghostwrites nonfiction for lawyers and other professionals.
Seelie resides in a bucolic exurb outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she shares a home with her son, and flirts with organic gardening, gourmet cooking, and “wildlife management.”
Seelie is an MS warrior, and ruthlessly battles the disease on a daily basis. Her message to those diagnosed with MS: Never give up. You define MS, it does not define you!
The Last Christmas by Seelie Kay is a wonderful story of Christmas miracles, believing, family, faith, and the power of love. David and Joan have been given some devastating news that has rocked them to the core. Modern medicine giving them nothing to cling to but despair. Then along comes Santa to throw a different perspective to the situation. Bringing a ray of hope to an otherwise bleak situation. What ensues makes for an emotive and heartwarming Christmas tale. Well worth the read!
Joan Wright is a woman on the edge, on the edge of grief, loss and heartbreak, her husband David is in St Malcolm’s hospital in an induced coma and at death's door, but she cannot bear to think about the fact that this will be his last Christmas with her, the cancer has eaten away at him until only morphine and machines are keeping him there with her. She is reminiscing with a nurse about how in love she has been with David, from the age of sixteen when they met until now and that love has only grown stronger, she says that they have celebrated the good and weathered the bad, as well as having three children together and that she is angry because they are not dying together and that it is a cruel thing to be in her situation, the nurse tells her to have faith and that Christmas miracles do happen when there is hope and love in the mix and that her job in the ICU has proven that many times over. As she thinks about what the nurse said, she slips around the wires and machines keeping him alive and into bed with David, there she has a dream that he is alive and well and wanting his Christmas miracle, he hasn’t finished what he needs to do and he hasn’t finished loving her, both emotionally and physically, when she is woken up by the doctor who wants to examine David, but adds that his heart was beating the strongest it has been while she was sleeping next to him, this is too much for Joan to hear and makes excuses for it and blames the cancer for giving her false hope, but he says the same thing as the nurse did earlier that David isn’t the type for giving up and when there is hope and love, that miracles can indeed happen.
As Joan is walking in the open air and surrounded by Christmas spirit, carollers and Santa’s, when she is suddenly being spoken to by someone and it is none other than Santa himself, a centuries old spirit who works with God to dispense advice and bring the Christmas spirit and love to those who need it, although she doesn’t believe it at first, when he invites her to sit down and talk to her, he reveals that it is not David’s time to die yet and even if it was, Heaven is full, St Peter is at his wit’s and and that there is a 5 year waiting list to get in, so unless she wants David to be stuck in a 5 year queue, she has to keep him alive. Joan finds it unbelievable that she is expected to keep him alive when that there isn’t even anything more that the medical staff can do, so he tells her that she needs to give him a reason to live, a reason to keep going as his work is not yet done and that he needs to know that she is on his side.
When she returns home and sees all their memories together and starts to remember them all, she knows what she has to do, she needs to remind David of all that they have shared together and what he has to live for, she needs to get her kids, their grandkids, their friends and even their church on their side and fight for his survival, so she arranges a family meeting and they devise a plan of action, but can Team Wright get their Christmas miracle and love save the day, or will everything fall through in the end? A gripping read which enthralls you as a reader right up to the end.
One of the things I love most about the holiday season is the promise of miracles and magic. I believe that Santa is more than an imaginary man that delivers toys to children, and for those two reasons alone I needed to read this story. If I am being honest, I am really torn about my final thoughts on the book. The writing was fantastic but there was something about the characters that I didn't entirely click with. I love the premise that Mrs. Wright must save her husband and the epiphanies that come along with the task. I would recommend you give the Last Christmas a try yourself, it is short and sweet and what is there to lose? Before I wrap this up, I'll leavd you with a quote from the novella that really stuck with me was "Medicine is nothing more than an educated guess. They give you their best guess. And sometimes they are just plain wrong. They can’t know what’s in a patient’s heart or soul. They can’t estimate someone’s instinct for survival and will to live. That’s when miracles appear to happen, though they aren’t really miracles at all. They’re just humans instinctively responding to a threat to their life.”
This is the first book I've read by the author. Kay is a great author and to see a short story have so much meaning is amazing. This story goes along with the Holidays.
Joan is mourning the loss of her husband even with him not dead. She isn't sure he'll live, but when Santa visits her things change. The quote I chose for Joan is: "I do love him. He knows that. I have been with him every step of the way."
David is dying and he isn't quite ready to go. When his old friend Santa jumps in to help him out. Santa gets his wife to see what is really going on. The quote I chose for David is: "Oh, for crying out loud. Would you stop all babbling, you monkeys. I need to talk to your mother. Pipe down. We don't have a minute to waste."
I loved this Christmas book. It is full of Christmas spirit, magic and of course, it would not be Christmas without Santa. This is a well written story that brings hope to a difficult topic for some. The characters bring the story to life and bring lots of emotions. This is a shorter story that I found to be engaging and fast paced. This is a story about a family whose father is dying of cancer. Santa steps in and tells his wife that she must keep him alive. She wonders how when she has no medical training or skills. Will she and the rest of the family learn the true meaning of a miracle? This is such a great story and the characters are amazing. It will show you the true meaning of Christmas. I highly recommend this book and this author.
The Last Christmas by Seelie Kay - Review by Gail Guerrero
The last Christmas gave you the sense that it was over. But it’s Christmas and miracles happen. I liked how the author put humor in something so serious. We all have lost someone from some illness or other. Cancer is a depressing monster. It breaks even the strongest of us down. When life is at its lowest for Joan she gets a spirit bust from Santa. I loved how he laid things out for her. He showed her how she had given up the fight. When her husband could possibly pull through. I loved how they rallied around each other for strength. It was a truly beautiful story. It was a short read full of a range of emotions.
The Last Christmas Seelie Kay is a heartwarming and emotional story that will complete draw you in from start to finish. I think what I enjoyed the most about this book is that it is so far removed from your typical holiday romance and yet still had that magical feel about it. This time of year can feel a little bit saturated when it comes to the holiday stories and yet this one stood out with ease from all the others I have read. This is a well written and emotional story about a family trying to find a miracle. The author creates a vivid portrayal of what they must be going through and as the reader you can’t help but become invested in their lives. This is one of those books I think everyone should read and is one I would highly recommend.
The Last Christmas by Seelie Kay. This is an incredible short read. So much emotion is packed into this short story. I love Seelie Kay so I knew it would be good but this one pulled at my heartstrings. Its the story of David Wright and he has been told this will be his last Christmas because he has been battling a terminal illness and his days are numbered. His wife Joan has done all she can possible do to help her suffering husband so when Santa tells her that she will help her husband survive she is so confused. How is that possible when she has no training in Nursing or being a doctor. Will this Santa bring this family together for a Christmas to remember? Will they receive the Christmas miracle they've been hoping for? Read The Last Christmas to find out!
David and Joan Wright are given the Christmas Miracle so many desire; a cure for terminal cancer. Santa delivers this miracle to a dying David and his caretaker and wife. The couple has a difficult time believing Santa as modern medicine had failed and it had been a long time since either one truly believed in Father Christmas. Since heaven is full with no room for David, the couple has to work together with love and faith for a cure. It is their love that will fuel the miracle. Will they believe in Santa, and ultimately themselves, to cure David?
This is a truly heartwarming and emotional story about love and faith. It was heartbreaking to read but also inspiring as the family fought side by side.
David has terminal cancer. He is deteriorating day by day. His wife and family had given up hope of his recovery. That is until Joan, David's wife, got a visit from Santa. He told Joan not to give up hope, that she needed to show David there was something to come back for. So that's what Joan and her family set out to do.
Will their efforts be enough to save David? Will a Christmas miracle happen? Or will all their hard work be in vain?
Great holiday read, also very uplifting and hopeful. I really enjoyed the little bit of Christmas magic thrown in with the ultimate healer being God. It was sweet how Santa was playing an angel as to help this family through some hard times. Without giving anything away, there were plenty of sweet spots, scandalous moments, funny comments and hope throughout the family. With Joan and her 3 kids gathering together to fight for David’s survival and to beat his cancer is inspiring. A nice short and sweet story, it really gets you thinking and contemplating your own life.
The Last Christmas by Seelie Kay was a good read. It was very quick, and easy to read as well. It was a very heartfelt novel, full of emotion and some laughter. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. However, while I know this was completely fiction, it felt so unrealistic to me. I also got thrown off a bit from the novel by the sex stuff mentioned. To me, that took away from David's condition. Other than those two things to me, I loved this novel. It was well written and very fast paced. And I loved the holiday miracle aspect as well. I can't wait to read more from this author in the future.
A story of faith, a Christmas miracle, love, and belief. Cancer is a topic that is hard for many of us who have lost a loved one to the illness. This story is about a very sick father who has been told that he will not make it to Christmas. His wife is visited by Santa who basically tells her she has given up hope when she must believe she can help her husband. An inspiring tale so the miracle of Christmas!
I didn't know what to expect from this book, but this is one of the most awe-inspiring short stories I have ever read. At times sensual and erotic, at other times overflowing with the love of family, this tale will leave you filled with wonder and believing in Christmas miracles! And the ending... let's just say it will leave you smiling!
The Last Christmas is a story that really brings out the Christmas Spirit. Seelie Kay really has a hit that shows all it takes if faith and a little help from Santa. The story is full of hope, a real fight for life, and a love so strong it will conquer the dreaded C. The story is short and steamy and just a great pick me up during the busy holidays.
Dave and Joan Wright are given an amazing Christmas miracle a cure. Whilst santa is giving this miracle to this couple they have their doubts. What can santa do that modern medicine cannot do. Upstairs is full will they belive santa or find a cure with medience themselves.
The Last Christmas is funny and witty. It's romantic and has a wonderful happily ever after. The characters are wonderful and the novel is easy to read. Seelie Kay is a wonderful author and I do recommend this novel to anyone who loves romantic Christmas novels and happily ever after's. Step into a world of Christmas time and romance.
The Last Christmas by Seelie Kay is a paranormal romance story that will have you believing in Santa’s magic and the miracle of Christmas. It is a feel-good tale that will leave you warm and mushy. When Santa says he knows the cure who do you believe him or the medical team looking after the one man you love. Will love be enough or will all be lost?
During my Xmas break, this was the perfect book to indulge in at the perfect time. The story itself is passionately written full of Christmas spirit. I loved reading this beautiful book. I felt this one grasped what we look forward to in almost every Xmas movie we crave during holiday season. You're gonna enjoy all this read has to offer!
Wow, there were a light of surprises packed into this novella by Seelie Kay. For a quick read, the twists and turns kept coming and were very original. In fact the whole story was original and something I would never have guessed. Great for a quick Christmas read!