The Gift

The Gift

Book - 2008
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Lou Suffern is practised in the art of concealment. He is, also, always overstretched, trying to do too many things at once. His overburdened schedule gives him few moments of peace, even in his sleep. And when he spends time at home with his wife and family, he is always distracted, and, mentally, somewhere else. On a cold winter morning, Lou is on his way to work when he encounters Gabe, a homeless street dweller, sitting outside an office building. Lou is intrigued by him, and contrives to get him a job in the post room. But this act of charity rebounds on him, and Gabe s presence begins to grate on Lou -- particularly when he discovers that the latter seems capable of being in two places at the same time. Christmas is drawing near, and before the season is over, Lou s life will be irrevocably change by the casual act of kindness he has performed.
Publisher: London, Eng. : HarperCollins, c2008
ISBN: 9780007284979
0007284977
9780007326334
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 21 cm

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ChristchurchLib Oct 19, 2014

"Fans of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (or the movie It's a Wonderful Life) will enjoy this holiday tale, which stars ambitious workaholic Lou Suffern, whose family always comes second to his career. After a chance encounter with Gabe, a young -- and highly observant -- homeless man, Lou gets Gabe a job in his company's mailroom, hoping to utilize Gabe's sharp eyes for his own purposes. Soon, however, Gabe starts making pointed comments about the way Lou treats his family...and eventually has an even more direct impact on the way that Lou lives his life. This "winning tale of magic and redemption" (Publishers Weekly) is just the thing to prepare for the upcoming holiday season." Fiction A to Z October 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/b4d75948-aeaa-4817-ab98-70bcd4d15106?postId=c3f00842-81e3-434e-b56a-37ff9a3716d8

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stargirl04
Mar 11, 2012

A really good book, another one that is hard to put down. This is the author of PS I love you, which was turned into a movie. She really is a great author and the book has a really good and interesting story to it. Definitely worth the read.

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melissajayne80
Mar 03, 2012

It was cute and for the most part the story went over my head and wasn't really engaged with it. Felt it was a little mundane and by the point I finished it this evening, I just wanted to finish the book. It wasn't badly written, its just it was something that wasn't really that memorable nor was I that engaged with the book. The story seemed to be ho-hum through out the book and I suppose it didn't help that it took me about 2 months to complete the book. Maybe if I had just sat down one afternoon during Christmas, this would have been done sooner.

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owie07
Sep 04, 2011

Very enjoyable book! Not something that I would have picked up to read if I had known what it was about, but I really enjoyed reading this book.

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dprodrig
Sep 02, 2011

This book was a hassle to read and really had a heavy hand with regards to issuing the "moral of the story." If you don't like preachy books, don't touch this one because it slaps you about the face with its message, horrible.

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FaithA
Jun 23, 2011

Really good novel, really easy and quick read. Unfortunately, the story had a lot of build up and then in only a few short pages it summed everything up and tied it all off. The ending was beautiful, and very touching. Good characters, although a few discrepancies with Gabe. And I wanted to shake Lou a few times when he was being obviously reckless and unintelligent with his behaviour. Had a good point to it though - nothing is quite as precious as time. Not my favourite Ahern book, but still worth a read.

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acarroll
Oct 09, 2009

another great adult fairy tale from the master of the genre. Its a bit silly and a bit sad...ok well alot sad but its a great read none the less. Cecelia Ahern writes great novels that are light but with a powerfull message

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