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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Book Review: A Christmas Gift by Diane Craver

A charming Christmas and all year long read.
A Christmas Gift by Diane Craver

    A Christmas Gift
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Whimsical Publications, LLC (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936167360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936167364
Genre: Fiction/ Inspirational
My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0

Product Description
Justin Reeves is a man who has it all: a good job, a loving wife and children who are the center of his universe. Justin also has a secret he's hidden from everyone his entire life-or so he thought. Quite innocently his small daughter, Debby, stumbles upon his secret and is shocked by what she finds. She confronts her father with the awful truth, and together they embark upon a journey which takes her father from the darkness of shame into the light of victory.

Drawing from true events in her own childhood, author Diane Craver captivates the reader from page one to a stunning climax which will touch your heart and impact your life forever in this must-read story of love's triumph over adversity.
Review: This is a heart touching "old feel' story.

This sweet story is told by a 60 year old woman but related from her memories as a seven year old child. Debra is the youngest child of an older mother and father. She has two older sisters, 25 year old Gail and 14 year old Kathy who was stricken with polio when she was 7. Debra also has an older, 21 year old, brother who is away in the army.  The year is 1957 and little Debby discovers that her beloved father has a secret.  She prays about it and shares it with her siblings, then her mother and finally her father.  Her prayer is answered allowing her father to fulfill a life-long dream.  His courage encourages her mother to learn a new skill too.

The skill that Debby’s father learns allows him to give a very special gift to each of the children that Christmas. It is something they can cherish all their lives and it brought tears to my eyes.

Once or twice I thought...this writing seems so simple. Then I reminded myself that it was being told from the perspective of a child and that was the proper tone.  The Epilogue is a wrap up of the grown life of the narrator.  The story is well written - really hitting the nature emotions of the child.  The characters are real-to-life people in a real-to-life setting. Even the epilogue had me thinking that Debra was the author of the story instead of a fictional character.

This is warm and lovely - a quick read that may be a Christmas story but could be read anytime you want to warm you heart and find courage to try new things even as you “mature” in age.  I recommend this as a real to life, uplifting story.

This ebook was provided by the Author for an honest review.

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