Do all gifts have strings attached? Yes, believes Jonquil Bloom as she sets out to counsel gift givers at a local department store. A single mom and graduate student in psychology, gifts fascinate Jonquil. When are they sincere? When are they not? She is skilled at helping customers choose the perfect gift for any occasion, but she soon discovers there are holes in her theory, leaving her to wonder: what are true gifts?Ten-year-old Billy Bloom is the center of her life. Billy yearns to have a dog but his mom has denied his request saying she is allergic to them. A generous and hopeful boy who refuses to give up, it doesn't occur to him that she is not telling the truth.Into both their lives enters Claude Chappel, a native French Canadian and general contractor at work on a construction site across from where they live. Claude, a handsome bachelor, is instantly captivated by Jonquil. Though past traumatic losses make her wary of romance, his charms are irresistible, if impetuous, and after a bumpy start they begin seeing each other. Yet, Claude cannot help but notice that the gift counselor has denied her own son what he most wants, a troubling paradox that spurs him to search for the solution.A heartwarming story filled with inspirational and psychological breakthroughs, The Gift Counselor will warm your heart all year long. Ideal gift for fiction lovers. Book club recommended, suitable reading for young adults.
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I loved and enjoyed reading the fabulous, heart-wrenching, inspirational, romantic story, The Gift Counselor, that I received free through Goodreads First Reads. After finding out she lost her job at the Children's Home due to a painting job, Jonquill Bloom leaves and accidentally spills paint all over an unbelievably, attractive man. Jonquill, a widower, raising her son, Billy, finds a job at Clyde's Department Store and ends up being in charge of the Gift Counseling Department. Jonquill listens and helps people in choosing a special gift. Construction begins earlier than scheduled time, wakes Jonquill up, and she rushes out to confront the workers and meets Claude Chappel, a ruggedly, handsome man, who turns out to be the same person she spilled paint all over. Claude is interested in Jonquill and Billy and volunteers to watch Billy after school. Read the highly recommended, wonderfully written, inspirational, love story of Claude and Jonquill by the talented author, Sheila M. Cronin.
THE GIFT COUNSELOR was a wonderful surprise!! It wasn’t at all what I expected. There is a lot going on in the story, but it is so well told you will never feel lost. What a delightful idea to introduce a gift counselor. I liked the premise of the book and loved Jonquil, a single mom and psychologist, with the drive to make her new part-time job into something permanent. This is one of those books you can’t put down. The author did a delightful job weaving a novel story and creating beautifully fleshed out characters. Rita, who became Jonquil's dear friend, would do anything to help Jonquil and her son, Billy. Then there was Claude, owner of the construction company that was working on the construction site next door to Jonquil's apartment. These and the other characters were the honest, hard-working people you would want to include in your circle of friends. I came across some errors in grammar and spelling, which though annoying, were minor. This is not uncommon in self-published books. However, the self-published often offer something fresh to our reading choices, as did THE GIFT COUNSELOR. I am looking forward to reading book 2 in the series. Anyone who enjoys light Christian fiction and stories of Christmas would relish this story.