Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Gift by Cecelia Ahern

The Gift by Cecelia Ahern is another of the holiday novels I’ve decided to give a try this year.  This one, thankfully, is not a romance novel.  Rather, this is the story of a man who is choosing his career over his family.  His narcissism is shattered when he reaches out to a homeless man who spirals the single act of altruism into a potential life change.

The main story is told within a story frame and I could have lived without the frame story.  It is unnecessary.  In my mind, it give the author a platform from which to pontificate.  If you don’t trust the moral theme of your story to shine through then revise it, don’t shove a lesson down the reader’s throat.

To be honest, the story is predictable and anyone who can’t guess how this is going to end is choosing to pretend it isn’t obvious.  Obvious can still be well handled and I have to concede that Ahern does manage to tell a decent story adequately.  Not a brilliant story but if you want a bit of holiday fluff that isn’t completely tedious to read, this might be a good choice.

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