The Gift: A Christmas Miracle by Joanne Clancy
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: November 2, 2014
Format: Paperback - 74 pages
Kindle - 535 KB
Genre: Christmas Themed Novella
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with this heartwarming Christmas novella from best selling author Joanne Clancy ~ The Gift: A Christmas Miracle.
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 Book Review:
The Gift: A Christmas Miracle is a wonderful Christmas novella that intertwines the mystery and miracle of the season when two women's worlds collide in a Dublin hospital.
Julie and Shane Hamilton are looking forward to the birth of their first baby due on Christmas Eve, a boy who will be named James Joseph after both of his grandfathers. The pending birth filled them with excitement and joy that they would be spending their first Christmas together as a family.
Casey had a troubled childhood with alcoholic parents in London. She grew up to be a troubled young woman, who married a man twice her age. It was a marriage filled with emotional and mental abuse. She had promised herself that she would never turn to alcohol like her parents, but she did. Last Christmas she suffered a miscarriage that completely broke her heart. Casey leaves London behind to restart her life in Dublin, she has a plan in place to not be alone on Christmas Eve, that plan was to take a newborn baby boy and make him her own.
When Julie has a complication in her pregnancy, her doctor decides to induce her labor on December 20th instead of the Christmas Eve due date. After forty-eight hours in labor, baby James is born on December 22nd. Julie and Shane look forward to taking their son home on December 23rd, but a woman posing as a nurse comes in to Julie's room and under the ruse of taking the baby for blood work, and walks out of the hospital with the newborn. Joy turns to fear for Julie and Shane as the police frantically search for baby James. As Christmas Eve approaches, will the spirit and magic of the holiday season bring the Hamilton's a Christmas miracle and the precious gift of their newborn son back to them?
Author Joanne Clancy weaves an emotional tale set in Dublin that easily draws the reader in as two women's worlds collide due to the birth of a baby boy. This novella spans the time period of five days (December 20 - 25) in which Julie and Shane are gearing up for the pending birth of their first born child, while Casey is putting her plan to kidnap a newborn baby boy into motion. The reader is taken on an emotional roller coaster ride as the joy of baby James' birth suddenly turns into a kidnapping and the ensuing frantic search for him takes place during the most joyful time of the year.
The author weaves an intriguing story told in the third person perspective that alternates between Julie, Casey, and Shane. You can't help but get caught up in the drama and emotion as the story unfolds. The author concludes this touching story with the important message of what the Christmas season is all about: filled with forgiveness, spirit, love, joy, hope and peace.
The Gift: A Christmas Miracle is a beautifully written holiday novella, that is perfect to read during the Christmas season.
RATING: 5 STARS
About The Author
Joanne’s bestselling crime novels include:
The Detective’s Wife
If You Tell Anyone
A Daughter’s Secret
The Gift: A Christmas Miracle is the latest release by Joanne Clancy. She is currently working on her twentieth book.