Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Read - The Gift by Cecelia Ahern

If you could wish for one gift this Christmas what would it be?

That’s the question asked at the back cover of the book where the synopsis normally is and with that you have to take a leap of faith and leap into the book to find out more. Having had good experience reading Cecelia’s novels here and here, I jumped right in.

The story of Lou Suffern is told to a boy by a police officer when the boy was caught throwing a frozen turkey into the home of his dad and his new family. While waiting for his mum to pick him up from the police station, Officer O’Reilly told him this story....everyday Lou Suffern battles with the clock. He always has two places to be at the same time and always has two things to do at once. One day on this way into work, Lou meets Gabe, a homeless man sitting outside the office building. Intrigued by Gabe, Lou gets him a job in his company. But soon, Lou begins to regret helping Gabe for Gabe’s very presence unsettles Lou – everyone likes Gabe and the things that Gabe said is very profound and Lou doesn’t like it. Also, how can Gabe appeared to be in two places at the same time?

The Gift is very different from Cecelia’s other novels that I have read. In fact, it reminded me so much of being written for a Hallmark Movie. It has this feel good feeling that tries to touch your soul with a moral message. It has its moment of fun that makes you smile, certain moments that make you shake your head with disapproval and also its moment of sadness that makes you sob while reading.

This is a great book to buy as a gift. Even the cover looks like a wrapped gift for Christmas. If you know of someone who is like Lou, you can present this as a gift to him or her.

But the question lingers on after reading The Gift,.... who is Gabe? Is Gabe short for Gabriel? As in the archangel Gabriel? For Gabe disappear at the end of the book as suddenly he appears and no one knows where he went.

Like I said, The Gift is very much like a Hallmark movie and here’s a song from another feel good movie that I like and which I would like to present to you as a gift! The song is entitled The Christmas Shoes by Newsong. Enjoy :) 

Merry Christmas everyone.  May God's blessing be with you and those close to your heart.

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