I have spent most of the day laid up on the sofa reading this book:
This was the last ever thing I bought from Woolworth's, during the final week before its closure. The book cost me a third of the retail price in the sale. As I purchased it after Christmas, and had so much else to read for my course, I put it back for the weeks approaching Christmas 2009.
Having avidly read Cecelia Ahern's previous novels, I was not disappointed by The Gift. Lou Suffern is a successful businessman, working at all costs to secure his longed-for promotion. A chance encounter with a homeless man, Gabe, proves to be a turning point in his life. Over the course of a week Gabe shows Lou the value of time, and the things in life that are so much more important than what he has previously been striving for. As Lou's eyes are gradually opened, and Christmas draws ever nearer, Lou realises that he must drastically reorder his priorities. But the question is: will he be in time?
For me, this was certainly a book that I couldn't put down. The only reason I read it in two sittings was because I started it yesterday evening, but I picked it up immediately this morning, and spent the rest of the day reading it. The story is deeply philosophical, and full of surprises. Set in contemporary Dublin, Ahern sews a few of her magical seeds, bringing the novel to life. This is a heart-warming tale, one that I can guarantee will make you laugh and cry, and also make you think. Definitely a recommended read!