Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Prah, Constantine, and Baryeh Review: The Gift by Joanne Clancy

I hope you aren’t surprised that we chose a Christmas story this month. The season is upon us and we wanted to get a jump start on getting into the mood.

The Blurb
Julie wants only one gift this holiday season, but it’s going to take a Christmas miracle to make her wish come true. 

Julie Hamilton loves Christmas. It’s her favorite time of year, from the cinnamon smell of freshly baked mince-pies to the excitement of buying gifts for family and friends, decorating the tree, and hanging stockings for Santa Claus on the mantelpiece. 
This Christmas promises to be extra special because she’s expecting the perfect gift--her first baby--on Christmas Eve. 
However, a chance encounter turns her world upside down, and soon, she’s praying for her very own Christmas miracle. 
Can the spirit of the Christmas season and the kindness of strangers find a way to make her wish come true? 
My Review
When I started reading this novella I thought I was in for a nice cheery Christmas story. Look at the cover. Nope. The author swerved me in one direction then yanked me in a completely different one.

If I tell you any more I’ll be stepping into the spoiler category which I prefer to stay out of. The story surprised me, in a no traditional good way.

I give this book three out of five Christmas tree shaped chocolate bars.

Remember to stop by Constantine and Baryeh’s blogs to see what they thought of novella.

Merry Christmas everyone! And a Happy New Year to boot!


  1. Totally in agreement on this one Nana!!!

  2. Definitely wasn't a traditional Christmas story, but that was refreshing (for want of a better word) to me. I know I was happy to note it was a short story, but this is one story that should have been a little longer as well.

    1. I agree. There is one character I wanted to see get redemption as you mentioned on your blog.

  3. Intriguing. You have me guessing.

    1. That's why I don't give spoilers, Celestine.


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