SHORT STORY: The First by Jason Mott

SHORT STORY: The First by Jason Mott
The Returned Prequel Trilogy, #1

Rating: (5/5)

(Kindle) Only

Jun. 1, 2013, Harlequin MIRA, 28 pgs

Age: 18+

"In Jason Mott's haunting and unforgettable debut novel, The Returned, an impossible miracle is occurring all across the globe. Read how it all begins in this short story, The First.
It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancée, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on… Until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns, sending the world—and Emily—into a tailspin.
Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind. As the world dives deep into uncertainty, Emily and Edmund are determined to find their way back to one another…even if it means risking everything.
The reappearances continue in The Sparrow, and look for The Returned from Harlequin MIRA, a moving tale of a family given a second chance at life and a world where nothing—not even death—is certain."

Received free from Kindle Store.

Having already finished reading the book "The Returned" (not published yet, review to come soon), I found out about this short story trilogy.  So I went back and read this which is intended to be read as an introduction to the book.  It also contains a preview of the novel.  In the first chapter of "The Returned" Edmund Blithe is mentioned in one sentence as being the very first reported Returned.  This is his story.  It is a story of young love, the sadness of fresh grief and the feelings of starting to accept a loved one's death after a year long mourning period.  A lovely, beautiful tale that makes one think what one would do if given the chance to spend an unknown amount of time with a dearly cherished loved one who has passed on.  It makes me wish I could read the book for the first time again!  Go ahead and whet your appetite!

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