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Posted January 28, 2012
Posted May 8, 2011
A little boy has to go to the grandfather he has never met after his mother dies in a car accident. The father is in the military and can't be found to come home. This is a tender story of how God woks in these lives through a series of misunderstandings. Don't miss this book
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Posted January 28, 2012
Posted January 27, 2012
Written ar third grade level: maudlin and replete with religious sentimentality; couldn't take more than a few chapters i want a refund!!
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Posted December 16, 2011
Posted January 22, 2013
I really enjoyed reading this book! It's a Christmastime story that takes place during World War II.
Little 7-year-old Patrick only has 2 Christmas wishes. He hopes his dad comes home soon from the war. And he wants that hand-carved wooden soldier that he found one day in his grandfather's dusty attic. He's sure his grandfather doesn't want to keep it, but why won't he let Patrick have it?
Patrick has had a lot to happen to him recently. His mother just passed away. He was sent to live with his grandfather whom he has barely seen before. His grandfather Ian is a grouchy old man, and only took his grandson because it was a duty. As soon as Ian's son arrives home, Patrick will be off his hands anyhow. It won't be much longer will it?
Living in the dreary days in his grandfather's house, Patrick finds 2 people whom he likes. One is Mrs. Townsend, the government lady who checks on him from time to time. Also, there's Mrs. Fortini his Italian next-door neighbor. She sure knows how to get Patrick's grandfather moving.
This is the story of grudges, forgiveness, pain, and loving your family.
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Posted January 2, 2013
Posted October 17, 2014
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Heartwarming Christmas Read!
Seven year old Patrick Collins is suddenly alone. With the death of his mother
and his father away fighting in the war, he is taken to live with a grandfather he has
never known. His grandfather is a grouchy bitter old man and quite frankly Patrick
does not like him.
What has made Ian Collins so bitter? What does he have against his only
grandson? Why can’t he accept and love Patrick?
This story was an emotional ride for me. It brought me to tears.
The Unfinished Gift is the first book I have read by this author. I immediately
ordered the sequel called, The Homecoming. I can’t wait to read it!
If you haven’t read this book yet, I urge you to buy it. I highly recommend it!
Posted October 14, 2014
Dan Walsh never disappoints with his writing or his stories. He deveoped a family of strong characters with Ian Collins being the heartless grandfather who experienced a heart wrenching change and finally became what every little boy dreamed his grandfather would be....loving. Patrick coming to live with his grandfather was the catalyst which lit the fire to melt the ice in Ian's heart. Patrick had a sad story and his story touched the hearts of not only his social worker, Miss Katherine Townsend and the next door neighbor, Mrs Fortini, as well. All of these characters were so very real and so very well developed. Each was easy to perceive in my mind's eye.
This was a sweet story about reunion and forgiveness. It was about love at it's worst and it's best. It was frightening as a blizzard swallowed young Patrick and hid him from the ones who cared most for him. Fortunately he was rescued by ansuspecting hero Ezra Jeffries, the epitome of doing the right thing.
I thoroughly loved this tale of love from an author I truly admire and respect. And what better time than Christmas to forgive one another and begin anew!
Posted March 7, 2014
Posted November 16, 2013
This well edited book is a little sappy. Since this time of year is a little sappy also, both the book and the season do quite well together. This book is about 200 pages long, it is a family fiction book. It would make a nice Hallmark Christmas movie. It was not a tear jerker for me, but it is a sentimental little story. One reviewer was upset because he/ she thought this story put Catholics in a bad light. I disagree, The grandfather was a lapsed catholic, so bitter, stubborn and mean tempered, he put himself, not his religion, on display as a back slider. My main complaint about this book and many others of the same genre, is they all have one or both parents killed off, leaving the younger family members to fend for themselves, with uncaring adults, under sometimes cruel circumstances. I would like to read a novel, about an intact family overcoming hardship, with their faith and love in God and each other strong, without death being an integral part of the plot. There is some mild violence. Otherwise it is a good, clean story, based on God's love and the inate goodness of mankind. The young boy talks and reacts as a much older child would. I paid almost $7.00 for this book. While, I found it an enjoyable fast read, I wish I had gotten it from the library, as I do not think I will reread it.
Posted March 20, 2013
Posted January 14, 2013
Posted January 11, 2013
Richly and emotionally captivating. Shows the power of the change of heart and forgiveness. Dan Walsh's book "Homecoming" is a must read after this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 7, 2013
I happened upon this little book while in search of a Christmas story, and am glad that I did. It tells the story of a little boy during WWII, whose father is a pilot overseas and whose mother is killed in an automobile accident. The local social services department contacts the boys grandfather, who is enstranged from his own son, and asks him to take custody of the boy. This is essentially a book about how personal disappointments can poison relationships within a family and and potentially harm future generations. I would rather not spoil the plotline with a retelling of the story, buat would encourage you to take a chance on this little volume, and its sequel for there is a message that everyone who has ever been a parent can relate to.
Posted December 30, 2012
While this book is kind of predictable, it is a very good read. It is very Hallmark-ish. It made me cry. It is a touching Christmas story of love and true forgiveness.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 30, 2012
It's one thing to write a "Christian" book, it's quite another to write an anti-Catholic book. After all, the Catholics were the first Christians. And, by the way, I'm not Catholic. I just hate bigotry in any form. It's so unChristian.
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Posted December 29, 2012
Having never read anything from this author, I was immediately pulled into a story that offers many emotions. Read it when you have time to sit down and enjoy a good story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2012
Posted December 28, 2012