Genre: Adult, Contemporary
Publication: HarperCollins / 20 August 2009
If you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be?
Everyday Lou Suffern battled with the clock. He always had two places to be at the same time. He always had two things to do at once. When asleep he dreamed. In between dreams, he ran through the events of the day while making plans for the next. When at home with his wife and family, his mind was always someplace else.
On his way into work one early winter morning, Lou meets Gabe, a homeless man sitting outside the office building. Intrigued by him and on discovering that he could also be very useful to have around, Lou gets Gabe a job in the post room.
But soon Lou begins to regret helping Gabe. His very presence unsettles Lou and how does Gabe appear to be in two places at the same time?
As Christmas draws closer, Lou starts to understand the value of time. He sees what is truly important in life yet at the same time he learns the harshest lesson of all.
This is a story about people who not unlike parcels, hide secrets.They cover themselves in layers until the right person unwraps them and discovers what’s inside. Sometimes you have to be unravelled in order to find out who you really are. For Lou Suffern, that took time.
Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasures. It is time that we do not have enough of; it is time that causes the war within our hearts, and so we must spend it wisely.
Time cannot be packaged and ribboned and left under trees for Christmas morning.
Time can’t be given. But it can be shared.
Yet again another beautifully crafted novel by my favorite author Cecelia Ahern!
The Gift follows the story or should I say stories of a very “busy” man named Lou Suffern, Gabe, Raphie & The Turkey Boy in the most unexpected time of the year. I love how the story intertwines with another story in this book, it’s like a story within a story. The way the author wrote this novel just blew me away, I mean the whole plot of the story is not new to me I read a couple of books that has the same thing going on but the way she wrote this made a very huge difference from the other stories that I have read. The author didn’t have to try hard to make her novel realistic because it just is. There were times that I thought some events in this book was very unrealistic but she handled it very well, you would understand why she did that. The plot twist made me cry and realize a lot of things. I didn’t expect that to happen, it is indeed one heck of a roller coaster ride of feels!
This book just made me realize a lot of things, it has shown me the true value of time, family and all the things that surrounds you. We have to give importance to those that is a part of our lives, we shouldn’t take them for granted.You have to give yourself to someone in order for you to know who you really are, as a gift perhaps. Sometimes you have to unravel things to get to the core.
I really really really enjoyed this book! It was definitely perfect for the holiday season, you can feel the Christmas vibe in this book! I hope you can give this book a try!
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ALL OF YOU TO READ AT LEAST ONE OF CECELIA AHERN’S NOVELS. I PROMISE YOU, IT MIGHT CHANGE YOUR LIVES 🙂