Be glad in the Lord and rejoice! Psalm 32:11

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Book Review - The Gift by Cecelia Ahern

I'm proud to be an Irish gal, and I love finding Irish authors to recommend!  I think Cecelia Ahern is remarkable writer who incorporate a lot of fun and magic into her stories - so I was delighted to find her holiday book, "The Gift."

About The Book:

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.

I thought this was an amazing story. Ahern cut right to the heart of what I think is the trouble with the world today - people rushing around so much they fail to stop and enjoy their lives. A powerful message for this time of year!

About The Author:

Cecelia Ahern was born on September 30, 1981 in Dublin, Ireland. She is the daughter of the former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Cecelia was a member of the Irish pop group Shimma who finished third in the Irish national for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000. She attended Griffith College Dublin and obtained a degree in Journalism and Media Communications.

Cecelia wrote her first novel, PS. I Love You when she was twenty-one. It was published in 2004, the number 1 bestseller in Ireland for 19 weeks and sold in over forty countries. The book was adapted as a motion picture directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler and released in 2007 in the United States.

Her second book, Where Rainbows End (US title: Love, Rosie or Rosie Dunne) won the German CORINE Award in 2005. She contributed with short stories to charity books and is also the co-creator and producer of the ABC comedy Samantha Who?.

Her other works include If You Could See Me Now (US title: A Silver Lining), A Place Called Here (US title: There's No Place Like Here) Thanks for the Memories (US title: Desire Lines) The Gift The Book of Tomorrow.

Be sure to check out her website at http://www.cecelia-ahern.com/

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. I was not compensated for my opinion.

In honor of my Irish heritage, I share this blessing with you!


Melissa said...

I really need to pick up something by the author. I keep hearing wonderful things!! plus hey...I've my share of irish roots too!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

Raine said...

I love her books :D I haven't bought this one yet. :D

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

I'm reading this now and I love it! I did not expect it to be this good. While I love Christmas books, sometimes they all seem to be so much alike and end so similarly. This one is definitely different and so refreshing!