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New York Times best-selling author Cecelia Ahern spins a witty, warm, and wise modern-day fable of love, regret, hope, and second chances.

Extremely successful executive Lou Suffern is always overstretched, immune to the holiday spirit that delights everyone around him. The classic workaholic who never has a moment to spare, he is always multitasking while shortchanging his devoted wife and their adorable children. And ever since he started competing for a big promotion, he has barely seen his family at all.

One frigid morning, in an uncharacteristic burst of generosity, he buys a cup of coffee for Gabe, a homeless man huddled outside his office building. Inspired by his own unexpected act of kindness, Lou decides to prolong his charitable streak and contrives to get Gabe a job in his company's mailroom. But when Gabe begins to meddle in Lou's life, the helping hand appears to be a serious mistake. Gabe seems to know more about Lou than Lou does about himself, and, perhaps more disturbingly, Gabe always seems to be in two places at once.

With Lou's personal and professional fates at important crossroads and Christmas looming, Gabe resorts to some unorthodox methods to show his stubborn patron what truly matters and how precious the gift of time is. But can he help him fix what's broken before it's too late?

©2009 Cecelia Ahern (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 14-11-17

Well-Written and a Great Listen!

Similar to Ahern's The Book of Tomorrow, The Gift causes readers to inspect their own lives as they become entranced with those of Ahern's characters. The Gift is extremely well-written and narrated; but beware, it is a tear jerker!

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  • Amy
  • 16-12-21

One of the BEST books I’ve ever read!

Feeling a little disconnected this holiday season, in a world that feels overwhelmingly cold and scary, I was in search of a book that would spark my gratitude for life. This book exceeded my expectations! It was a beautiful compilation of several intertwined stories, each individual was relatable, heart warming and wrenching at times. I couldn’t stop listening. I had to know how it would end… I have a feeling reading this book will be a new tradition for me for future holidays to remind me of what can’t be given but can be shared.