The Gift

The Gift If you could wish for one gift this Christmas what would it be Every day Lou Suffern battles with the clock He always has two places to be at the same time He always has two things to do at once When

  • Title: The Gift
  • Author: Cecelia Ahern
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Hardcover
  • If you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be Every day Lou Suffern battles with the clock He always has two places to be at the same time He always has two things to do at once When asleep he dreams In between dreams, he runs through the events of the day, while making plans for the next When at home with his wife and family, his mind is always someIf you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be Every day Lou Suffern battles with the clock He always has two places to be at the same time He always has two things to do at once When asleep he dreams In between dreams, he runs through the events of the day, while making plans for the next When at home with his wife and family, his mind is 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 yeat 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.

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    1. Cecelia Ahern is a very clever, creative writer. I really admire her work. It's pretty awesome. When you look at her covers, you don't expect much (At least that's how it was with me). You expect just another romantic comedy with all the gooey, cheesy, lovey-dovey romantic parts. Trust me, that is FAR from the case. Her books are wonderful. They deal with serious issues and serious problems. Real-life, every day shit. She also throws in a little bit of magic and intrigue. Her books have this cre [...]

    2. The Gift – Cecelia AhernAdmittedly, I, like so many others before me, seem to associate Cecelia Ahern with lovely, girly books, especially with the gorgeous covers her books always have. This is far from the case. Her books are incredibly touching, the writing is clever and this book in particular is a fabulous example of how her books can be moralistic with a magical touch.The Gift centres on the story of Lou Suffern, as told through the eyes of someone else. Lou is your stereotypical over-wo [...]

    3. I decided to read this book because I just couldn't find anything better in the shop. I didn't like the blurb on the cover of the book but I thought that it would be useful for my English to read unabridged and unadapted modern literature. And, to be honest, that was the only reason why I didn't give up reading, although, the book was dull for me. The message of the story is that you can never buy time and should value it. Taking into consideration the fact that I've already known it and underst [...]

    4. Cecelia Ahern's The Gift is a lovely addition to holiday fiction. It leaves readers with a beautiful message about how precious and impactful the gift of time is. Not just time on this earth, but the time you purposefully set aside for those who give your life quality and purpose. Nurture those relationships before you lose them. The Gift is worth the read. Check it out!My favorite quote:"Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasur [...]

    5. This book is for you if:you are in the mood for a good old Christmas-ly cryyou feel introspective and open to reflect on the sense of lifeyou want to reconnect with family valuesyou want something that will remind you what are the important things in lifeThis book is NOT for you if: you need something easy-breezy with no dramayou DO NOT want to cryyou're looking for more of a happily ever after novel you are looking for a girl-meets-boy novelI enjoyed this book, it reduced me into tears, I was o [...]

    6. After reading Cecelia Ahern's novels 'Book of Tomorrow' and 'P.S I Love You', I was looking forward to reading another. Her books are so easy to read and leave you feeling really uplifted and The Gift definitely does that.I was a little dubious about reading a Christmas novel in July but towards the end I really got into the festive spirit! An utterly fantastic book that gives out a fabulous message about the gift of time which really made me think as I turned each page. The descriptive writing [...]

    7. English/ItalianoFirst of all, I have to say I am not a native english speaker so, please, I prefer to not be attacked, if I made any mistakes. Instead of do that, it would be nice if you corrected me, thank you :)“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.”Here we go again with another Cecelia Ahern bo [...]

    8. I wanted something easy to read on public transport and this certainly ticked that box. I finished it before even adding it to my 'currently reading' on this site!The protagonist is fallible, something I always think makes a book interesting, and all the characters are somewhat believable, but it was very hard to find anything warm or likeable in them. The people and the settings made me feel uncomfortable somehow. Perhaps they was supposed to.I suppose it's easy to be cynical about the characte [...]

    9. This book guys, THIS BOOK hit me right in the feels! It deserves one thousand stars not only five!This book was everything I wanted and I didn't even know. 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!

    10. Τα βιβλία της Ahern είναι ελπιδοφόρα βιβλία. Είναι βιβλία που μέσα τους κρύβουν μαθήματα ζωής και αλήθειες πασπαλισμένες με δόσεις φαντασίας και μαγείας. Είναι βιβλία που άλλοτε είναι χαρούμενα, άλλοτε νοσταλγικά, άλλοτε θλιμμένα.Αυτό το βιβλίο είναι όλα αυτά που ανάφερα πιο [...]

    11. Actual rating 3.50-3.75 starsThis book was so much better than I had anticipated. I have read one other book by Cecelia Ahern just a couple of months ago and I was pretty disappointed. So when starting this book I was expecting the same kind of outcome. But I was pleasantly surprised.This book was pretty well written. I loved the beginning how it starts off on one story that I thought the book was about but ends up being taking you down a whole different route. I really hated Lou in the beginnin [...]

    12. A must read for Cecelia Ahern Fans!I loved the book because after I had read the previous few books, I fell in love with Cecelia's stories yet again.It's a common story: a busy husband and father, with a big career, wants everything, yet bigger and better, and not getting his priorities right. His family and health are suffering. Lou at some stage lost the ability to live until he meets Gabriel, or Gabe, a man living on the streets. After this his life changes forever.Cecilia Ahern always adds s [...]

    13. Am cumpărat această carte în momentul în care a apărut în librării, însă din diverse motive, m-am apucat tot de altele şi am reuşit să o citesc în vacanţa intersemestrială. Din motive de timp, sau mai exact lipsa lui, scriu doar acum despre ea.În ziua de Crăciun, sergentul Raphael O’Reilly şi Jessica Rabbit sunt de serviciu. La secţie este adus un adolescent, care aruncase un curcan îngheţat prin fereastra tatălui său, aproape rănind-o pe sora lui vitregă, pe motiv că [...]

    14. THE GIFTBy Cecelia Ahern(HarperCollins)THIS book caught my eye with its silver wrapping-paper effect hardcover of shiny snowflakes and bright red ribbon tied in a bow to look like the perfect gift.This touching novel focuses on a man who comes to realise that some parts of his life can only bring him to ruin.Businessman Lou Suffern always has to be in two places at the same time. He catches the beginning of one meeting or function so that he can be there at the end of another.His womanising and [...]

    15. "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 [...]

    16. Post-listen review:Cute baby reaching for an ornament? checkTurkey chucked at someone? check(Those first two were impressively accomplished in the first track.)Overworked family man who would be happy if he could only focus on said family instead of work? check.Homeless man who is really an angel? check.The lesson that time with loved ones is more precious than packaged goods, success, status or financial gain? check.A miracle that makes the man realize his mistakes before it is too late? check. [...]

    17. On the back of this book it says "An instant holiday classic" so you think you'll be in for a nice and cozy type of read. Heck no! I mean I would say 95% of the book is great but as soon as you realize how it's going to end you're like "WTF?" I stayed up late finishing it b/c I kept thinking there is no way it's going to end like I think it is but it did. Yes, the overall message is great but the outcome of this particular story is not something you want on your mind as you're trying to fall asl [...]

    18. Decidi começar o mês de leituras natalícias por este livro. Um livro um pouco mais espiritual do que estou habituada. Mas esta é a altura do ano em que gosto de ler este tipo de livros.Confesso que o início foi um pouco confuso. Senti-me um pouco perdida e não estava a "entrar" na história e não sentia qualquer ligação com as personagens. Só mais para o final (e este é um livro relativamente pequeno) é que sento uma súbita ligação com esta história.Um livro com elementos espirit [...]

    19. I was just disappointed with this book, I thought it was going to be a nice happy read but I just hated the main character and I just couldn't wait for the book be over. I don't think I've ever felt so much hatred towards a character but his personality and actions really ruined the book for me and I just didn't care whether or not he would end up choosing his family because they clearly didn't deserve him. Read more on my blog at: bookgeek2015.wordpress/

    20. Wow!! I didn't think I would get all the feels with this book, but I did. It really makes you take a step back and look at your life, and how time and one simple action can change your life and the lives around you so very drastically.

    21. A wonderful, imaginative story! I was reminded a little bit of both A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life (although Scrooge at his worst was more likable than Lou throughout most of the book). It’s a tearjerker.

    22. After reading another great novel from Cecelia Ahern, How to Fall in Love, I checked back all the novels written by her that I have read, and figured out that I previously gave this book 2 stars. Only 2 stars for a Cecelia Ahern novel!!! Like WTF???? So I immediately set out to reread this book, trying my best to see why I judged this book that harshly before. And after reading it once again, I kinda understand why this 2-star thing happened. It was simply because this book, despite how appealin [...]

    23. Another version of this review can be found on reading-is-dreaming-with-open-“One thing of great importance can affect a small number of people. Equally so, a thing of little importance can affect a multitude. Either way, a happening big or small can affect an entire string of people.”Before I start my review I simply have to tell you this: Cecelia Ahern is an extremely brilliant writer. I've read one book by her before this- If You Could See Me Now and I liked it a lot, but it was some time [...]

    24. I'll admit that I found Cecelia Ahern to be a better writer than I assumed that she would be. I've not read any of her other books before and from the genre she's known for, chick-lit, I was simply expecting something simple and fun. This book dealt with some every day problems and issues and it was trying to teach us something. The story is set in modern day Dublin, nearing Christmas, and the story is well set with clear, visible descriptions.In this book, Ahern is trying to tell a story about [...]

    25. What do you get when you combine George Bailey, Ebenezer Scrooge, and Don Draper? You get Lou Suffern. Lou's the main character in this Christmas-novel-with-a-timeless-message by Irish author Cecelia Ahern, whose books I tend to enjoy. (See my review of There's No Place Like Here.) I'm usually not a Christmas book reader, but I was in the mood for such a novel this past week. When I saw this on display at the library, I grabbed it because Ahern's novels tend to be light reads (guilty pleasures, [...]

    26. Kurzrezension Zeit deines Lebens – Cecilia AhernInhalt: Zauberhaft, geheimnisvoll und mit einer berührenden Botschaft, das ist der wunderbare Roman der jungen irischen Weltbestsellerautorin. Denn manchmal muss man jemand ganz Besonderem begegnen, um zu erkennen, was wirklich wichtig ist im Leben.Lou Suffern ist ein »BWM«, ein Beschäftigter Wichtiger Mann. So wichtig und beschäftigt, dass er den 70. Geburtstag seines Vaters vergisst, seine Frau leichthin betrügt und seinem kleinen Sohn no [...]

    27. I was surprised that I already read a fair amount of Cecelia Ahern's books, I never did so intentionally, it just sort of happened back when I started reading books in English. While Sophie Kinsella was my source of chicklit, Cecelia Ahern provided cute stories, told tales of everyday life filled with hope and magic. This one, however, took a strange turned about mid-way through. My sole reason for reading it was the fact that it's labelled a Christmas story and the cover promises exactly that. [...]

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