Today is day 11 of my #24daysofxmas feature, and today I am reviewing The Gift by Cecilia Ahern, which was recommended to me by a member of The Book Club.
About the Book
Step into the magical world of Cecelia Ahern.
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.
The brilliant thing about me running this feature is that I am being recommended some great books, and also a varied selection of genres as well.
I wasn’t sure about reading this book as I always thought Cecilia wrote about lovey women’s literature, but this book was different from that and I was really surprised by it.
The book itself is about a man called Lou who is so busy with work that his family life suffers and he is always wishing that he had more time. He then meets a mysterious homeless man who is outside his office building. Their are other sub-stories within this book and the way they all tie together is beautiful.
If you are looking for a happy cheerful book then, like most of Cecilia’s books I would avoid this one. If however you are looking for a book with hidden depths and meanings, along with shedding some tears then this is definitely the book for you.
Whilst reading this book it made me think about the fact that time is slipping away and we should spend more of it with family, especially around the Christmas period.
I give this book 5 stars as it is very moving, and has a very sad ending.
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About the Author
Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a degree in journalism and media studies. Her first novel, PS, I Love You was one of the biggest-selling debut novels of 2004 and a number one bestseller. Her successive bestselling novels are Where Rainbows End, If You Could See Me Now, A Place Called Here, Thanks for the Memories, The Gift and The Book of Tomorrow. PS, I Love You became an International box office success, starring Hilary Swank, was a box office hit. Cecelia has also co-created the hit American television comedy series Samantha Who? In 2008 Cecelia won the award for Best New Writer at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Cecelia lives in County Dublin.