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The Gift

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My intention was for this story to be a fable like story set at Christmas where my character has three opportunities to learn his lesson so that’s a style that would have come from many fairy tales I’ve grown up reading, and Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol is probably the most influential of those stories I watched growing up. Paths are so much clearer when people stop looking at what everyone else is doing and instead concentrate on themselves. Thank you NetGalley and Harper Collins for a digital review copy of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review. I don't believe the message that time is precious and you should appreciate your loved ones was something most people needed to be told by an over privileged chick lit author. While the blurb and cover points to a traditional holiday read with lots of holiday goodwill and cheer, with warm and fuzzy endings- be warned - this is more of a sentimental tearjerker.

The Gift, Cecelia Ahern. Book Review - Raisie Bay The Gift, Cecelia Ahern. Book Review - Raisie Bay

Ahern has a way with character, but her penchant for the supernatural—angels, ghosts, djà vu—works against the weight of her story.All of the characters and the settings were beautifully written and Alice’s journey through the book was filled with real lows. Cecelia Ahern creates very cute and cozy worlds with series messages, and as serious as they are, my heart always feels lighter for reading them. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. In A Thousand Different Ways’ tells us the story of Alice, a woman who has had to deal with a multitude of emotions her entire life, thanks to her ability of seeing and feeling everything that other people around her are experiencing. Firstly I must say how much I admired the cover shown on the site, beautiful and so evocative of what was to come.

Cecelia Ahern - NetGalley In a Thousand Different Ways | Cecelia Ahern - NetGalley

It must be so lonely and frustrating and scary to try to live your life just like everyone else but to have no one to turn to for an advice or just to talk about your feelings and emotions. She struggles with her mother, who is later diagnosed as bipolar, and younger brother, but is supported by her older brother. I really hated Lou in the beginning I thought he was a selfish self-centered jerk but mid story I actually came to like him a bit and at the end of the book was absolutely balling behind his story line. Any "Author Information" displayed below reflects the author's biography at the time this particular book was published.When Lou invites Gabe, a homeless man who sits outside his office, into the building and into his life, Lou’s world is changed beyond all measure. Gabe keeps challenging Lou to spend more time with his family, and eventually gives him some tablets that split Lou in two for a day so he can be in two places at the same time.

The Gift by Cecelia Ahern | Goodreads

I suppose it's easy to be cynical about the character of Gabe in his mysterious guardian angel role, and I understand the whole point of this story is to emulate a type of Scrooge story in the city; a man who goes through an experience that forces him to see the world differently and prompts him to want to turn over a new-leaf. NY was covered in Christmas decorations, a fast busy noisy city that’s always vibrant and alive, and so the location and the timing inspired the time of year, the setting and the rhythm of The Gift. There is a magical, supernatural element to it, but that whimsical tone also masks a definite somber tone that took me completely by surprise.But Lou can make Gabe like him, then he feel redeemed in a way…so their unusual relationship begins. Her books are so easy to read and leave you feeling really uplifted and The Gift definitely does that. This touching novel focuses on a man who comes to realise that some parts of his life can only bring him to ruin. It was the perfect holiday Christmassy read but at the same time not cheesy with the happily ever after effect but very helpful to understand that time with the loved ones is the only gift anyone ever have in life! Not just time on this earth, but the time you purposefully set aside for those who give your life quality and purpose.

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