The Unfinished Gift

The Unfinished Gift

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by Dan Walsh

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Set at Christmastime in 1943, this nostalgic story of forgiveness reminds us of the surprising things that affect powerful change in our hearts.See more details below


Set at Christmastime in 1943, this nostalgic story of forgiveness reminds us of the surprising things that affect powerful change in our hearts.

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RT Book Reviews Magazine
Walsh paints a wonderful picture of life in America during WW2. The characters are richly developed, and the story about love and forgiveness are not to be missed. 4.5 Stars, Top Pick -Inspirational Category
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"Seven-year-old Patrick's dreadful Christmas began with his mother's death, then worsened when he was left with a grandfather who bitterly calls him "The Boy." Grief-stricken over his mother, confused at his grandfather's harsh treatment, Patrick prays for his father's quick return from war. His grandfather's bitterness leads to a harsh confrontation when Patrick asks to keep a hand-carved wooden soldier he finds in the attic. Roger Mueller's richly developed characterizations contrast the gruff, unforgiving grandfather with Patrick's endearing sweetness and keep the listener engaged with this Christmas tale of forgiveness. Mueller's powerful portrayal of a season of second chances set in WWII America should not be missed." 
G.D.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine

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Ane Mulligan
"Set in 1943, The Unfinished Gift is an engaging story of broken relationships and sorrow. Patrick is the age when a child still forgives easily and responds to love without reserve. While Walsh portrays that side, we also see Patrick as a little boy moved by a child's whims.

Patrick's grandfather is a bitter man who has cut off his son and his family. When Patrick arrives on his doorstep, he has no idea what to do with him. The child's very presence brings to the surface long-buried pain.

The social worker assigned to Patrick's case has fallen in love with the little boy. I don't like to give much of the story away in reviews but allow the reader to experience what I have as the story unfolds. Suffice it to say, Walsh resisted romantic clichés.

What he did do is make me cry and rob me of a good night's sleep. I couldn't put the book down. The Unfinished Gift is a satisfying, nostalgic read, one of forgiveness and restoration, of hope and faith. An exquisite debut novel. Novel Journey/Reviews gives it 4½ stars. "--(Ane Mulligan, editor, Novel Journey)

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