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.
Cecelia Ahern is an amazing author who just knows exactly how to pull at your heartstrings. She is a wonder and I will always love her books. So, when I picked this one up, I knew it was going to be good for sure, because how can it not be, if she wrote it?
Look at that summary guys, how can you not want to read that? You just have to, yeah? That’s how I felt, too. Lou, our lead character, has the tendency to rush through life, focusing on work, work, work. This book brings back the focus to what is truly important in life. The people in it. This is something a lot of us take for granted, assuming that the people we love are going to be in our life forever. By being assured of their presence, we forget to be grateful for it. It’s a shame and The Gift is truly a gift to all us readers, because it makes us realise what is truly important.
The people who care for you on a daily basis – take a second to think about them. Don’t you think they are wonderful? Don’t you think you should let them know that? Your mother, father, siblings, lovers, friends, soulmates — they’re all there with you, in person or in sentiment. Give them a hug, call them up, buy them cupcakes, have a slumber party — do it just because.
Do it before you run out of time.
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