The Gift: A Novel

The Gift: A Novel

by Cecelia Ahern


View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Wednesday, December 12

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061782091
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 175,605
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Cecelia Ahern is the author of the international bestsellers PS, I Love You; Love, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; There's No Place Like Here; Thanks for the Memories; The Gift; The Book of Tomorrow; and The Time of My Life. Her books are published in forty-six countries and have collectively sold more than sixteen million copies. The daughter of the former prime minister of Ireland, she lives in Dublin.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The Gift 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Rupnzl98 More than 1 year ago
This is a heart warming book which feels like a modern day version of the Christmas Carol. There is a bit of a twist and a somewhat unpredictable ending. A little cliche, but enjoyable to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book to read especially before xmas! Definitely sends a good message and had me in tears at te end
patPF More than 1 year ago
I've thoroughly enjoyed all of Cecelia Ahern's books up to now. In fact, I've sought out hardcover copies for my own library. But I wasn't very enchanted by The Gift. For some reason, it just didn't have the magic that the past books held for me. It had a dark twist that I felt hid the message. I was disappointed.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A story within a story.  Doesn't happen, but was perfect for a holiday book meant to share a lesson to all readers.  A young man is caught throwing a turkey through his father and step-mothers window heads to the police station where the police share a touching story to help him learn a valuable lesson. The story within the story centered around Lou who is a person who is always looking to the next appointment and where he is headed next.  I have to admit that there are moments in life where I am definitely guilty for appreciating what is currently going on, so even though the lesson was blatantly obvious from the beginning, it was beneficial to read this story to remember to soak up each moment as it is happening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brought a smile on my face
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite author, I just devour her stories! They are so uniquely her own.
Christine Feit More than 1 year ago
A must read for.anyone wondering why we have been dealt the life they are given. I am a huge Ahern fan. I have read all of her solo authored books and cannot wait for the next one. There is not a book that I read of hers where I do not cry. The characters in this book, like many of Aherns, can be related to. Threre is always someone trying to make the grade, while their loved ones watch from the sidelines. One finds themselves emersed in the life that they wish they ciuld have rather than appreciating the one tey do have. As you read, one finds themselves surveying their own life and what they can doto make it better.
ILgirl07 More than 1 year ago
I don't know how Ahern creates some unique stories but she has done it again with the modern day fable The Gift. A wonderful Christmas story that makes you appreciate each day.
phutch More than 1 year ago
somehow, by the end of the book, I was caring about the most un-sympathetic character and bemoaning the way the book ended
SK79 More than 1 year ago
Very good book. It held me until the end. It is a fast read and I highly recommend it for book clubs and gift giving.
Moonwvr7 More than 1 year ago
I saw this book at the store and didn't realize Cecelia Ahern had another book out. I really loved reading her book "P.S. I Love You" and decided to give this one a try. It took me three days to read it. It was wonderful! It definitely leaves you with a lesson. The only thing I did not like was the ending. It brought me to tears in both a good and bad way. Had it ended the way I had wanted, I would have given the book all 5 stars.
sunshinePS More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading Cecelia Ahern. She has a different approach to her writing that makes it unlike any other. This was a really good. I would definately suggest it.
Pheadsgirl More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. It really made you think about how you spend your time. The story was a little unbelievable, but isn't that what a good book is supposed to be...a way to escape into someone else's life and enjoy the possiblity of what could be? This book did that! I would definitely recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great and easy read! The plot seemed a little slow at first, but once I read a few chapters it was hard to put down.
shahridzuan on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This book had me all teary at the end. The second book (after If You Could See Me Now) by Cecelia Ahern which gave me that effect. I love how Ahern splatters reality with an ounce of magic. The change in Lou's behavior and the purity of his love warmed my heart right to the very core. I finished reading this book in about three days and that's saying something. The Gift is a must-read. It captures the essence of life, how we tend to forget the truly meaningful things because we are too engrossed in chasing after what everyone else deem important. It blew me away!
jjameli on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Lou is not a character you like, but I didn't not care for him either. I was surprised that instead of anger towards his character, I was actually rooting for him to change his ways. I wanted so much for him to really get it. Lou has the demanding job, and the go-go-go attitude, but his family is shunned to the back. He has no time for them, nor does he feel bad about the beginning. The character of Gabe was a guardian angel type, and a little creepy. I really don't feel who he was was really explained, but I assumed he was something like Lawrence from It's a Wonderful Life only everyone could see him. The writing was very good. There definitely a improvement in Cecelia Ahern's writing, especially with the prose. I love P.S I Love You, and it's still my favorite of Ms. Ahern's books but her writing has matured from that book. I've heard people say that The Gift is too preachy, but I didn't feel that while reading it. I thought the whole time and family is precious storyline actually swayed away from being overly preachy. The ending wasn't what I would have liked but then again maybe the impact of what she was trying to get would have been less.
WillowOne on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Cecelia Ahern has done it again, at least in this readers mind. I first read her book "A Place Called Here" and was intrigued by her imagination and her writing style. I moved on to "P.S. I Love You", "If You Could See Me Now" and then "Love, Rosie". All of her books have a fantasy theme and all have things that you dream and wish could happen in life. "The Gift" is no different. Not only does it have a wonderful storyline but it also tries to teach the lesson that time is precious and no matter what you do, once time is gone you can't get it back. Cherish what you have and love the ones in your life now because if you put it off, you may run out of time.Now I must go track down "Thanks for the Memories", "Mr. Whippy" and "Irish Girls Are Back in Town".ENJOY!
Chase92 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
`Enchanting¿ certainly is a suitable word to describe The Gift. While it isn¿t exactly the perfect Christmas story (I¿ll get to that later), it¿ll still warm readers¿ hearts.The story follows Lou, a workaholic who¿s so busy with his career, he has no time for his family. One day, as a random act of kindness, he meets Gabe, a homeless man outside his office and gives him a job. Gabe gradually begins to warm up to Lou, and gives him a container of pills that `gives Lou all the time he needs¿.Ahern has certainly matured as a writer. Her writing is more emotionally driven and thought provoking. While she does tend to push the fantasy aspect of her novel beyond something believable, as long as it works, I¿m not complaining. Time is also a prominent theme in the novel, and Ahern successfully emphasizes it through her characters.Lou isn¿t the kind of character you¿d warm up to at the beginning. At first I was repulsed by his attitude towards his family, but as the story progresses, I start rooting for him to change his ways. During the second-half of the story, Lou begins to redeem himself as a family man, and that¿s when he becomes truly likeable. Gabe is as mysterious when he enters the story as when it ends. I felt there were too many unanswered questions about him, and that made him a little unrealistic. However, I was a little disappointed at the ending. I understand that Ahern had to kill off Lou¿s character to make him more sympathetic, but in doing so, it gives the novel a sad and sombre tone, which doesn¿t really fit with the festive mood of Christmas. Ahern also spent too much time building Lou¿s character ¿ nearly the entire first half of the novel was dedicated to establishing Lou as a workaholic. I felt she could¿ve explored more of Gabe¿s character, and explain some of the mysteries surrounding him, like how does he know so much about Lou and his life.Despite some minor letdowns, The Gift is a heartwarming and emotional novel, and should satisfy Cecelia Ahern fans, as well as anyone looking for a nice, thought-provoking read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
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 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."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone should add this to their reading list! This story could quite possibly change your life. Such a great read. Two thumbs up!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That was a good book I would never that that it would end like that. Thank you for makeing this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't like stories spoiled by reviews so I'll just say that this is one of those books that will move you to the very core of your being. Don't miss it!
NahvilleReader More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable! Especially around the holidays. It isn't a complicated book, but it has heart and a good message.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago