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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Whimsical Publications, LLC (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936167360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936167364
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,347,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ms. Craver has a gift for pulling the reader into the family scenes.
Laurean Brooks "Laurie"
I highly encourage you to read this wonderful book that can be enjoyed anytime of the year and not just at Christmas.
Diane Carol Snyder
I was looking for a book to give as a Christmas gift and started reading "A Christmas Gift".
Gary Harpst

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 18, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
The story starts out in the present day with Debra Reeves Cunningham telling her story of what happened back in 1957, at the age of 7. Debra saw something back then that she wasn't meant to see. Her father had an overwhelming disability that he was trying so hard to overcome. He was a farmer and a good provider for his family.

Debra is the youngest of 4 children in her family. Her oldest sister, Gail, is 25 and still living at home. Her brother, Carl, 21, is in the Army. She shares a bedroom with her 14 year old sister, Kathy, who is crippled by polio. On this particular night in 1957, Debra wakes up needing to go to the bathroom. There is only one bathroom in their home, downstairs close to her parents bedroom. As she is sneaking to the bathroom, she sees something that she doesn't understand. She returns to bed, pondering what she had seen.
I'm going to stop right here with describing the book...I don't want to give anything away!

This is a short read but it is packed with a wonderful message! I LOVED this book! Diane did an awesome job of developing her characters. Her writing style pulls you in and puts you right there, in the Reeves house in 1957! You will be truly blessed by reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sally Pink Reviews on January 19, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
"A Christmas Gift" embodies the feel-good atmosphere of the season that will tug on your heartstrings. Seven year-old Debra Reeves is a precocious young girl who makes a surprising discovery regarding her father. Will that discovery inspire or hinder her father's determination?

The story is set in 1957 in a small town called Finley, Ohio. The Reeves run a farm. Debby is the youngest daughter. There's Kathy who is fourteen, Gail who is in her twenties, and Carl is twenty-one. Debby's parents are in their fifties. They're a hard working couple. The community is small, but supportive of each other.

Debby's family is close. One night when Debbie gets up, she discovers her father is in the kitchen, copying off her reader. She stays hidden, but realizes her father doesn't know how to read.

Debby wants to help her father, but is unsure what to do. After careful consideration, she confides in her sisters, Gail and Kathy. After talking to their mother, she confirms Debby's father can't read.

Debby prays to God. Her heartfelt prayers seem answered when a handsome young teacher comes to town. His name is James. After meeting James, Debby is convinced he's a perfect fit for her family.

Bravely, Debby confronts her father about his inability to read, and encourages him to accept James help. Does Debby's father have the strength and courage to tackle this challenge at this point in his life?

Craver handles this story with a smooth touch and loving caress. "A Christmas Gift" tugs on the reader's heart. There's a veryl strong element of faith and family that shines throughout the novel.

The plot flows organically.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shawna Williams on December 1, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Sometimes when I read a book written in a child's perspective I'm yanked out of the story because I can't really buy into the voice. It's like what a grownup thinks a child will sound like. Not so with this book. Diane Craver does an amazing job of pulling me back to 1957 and placing me inside a seven year old girl named Debra. I saw what she saw, reasoned the way she did, and felt her emotions -- especially her love for her dad. There were moments in this book where I had to stop, just to give myself a moment to process the emotion Diane stirred in me. Without giving anything away, I'll let you in on one particular moment: Debra's mother tells her about her father's reaction to a poem she wrote. You'll know what I mean when you read it.

Words really can't convey how precious this story is. I plan on giving it as a gift to several of my relatives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Harpst on November 30, 2010
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I was looking for a book to give as a Christmas gift and started reading "A Christmas Gift". I wasn't prepared for the journey it took me on. I didn't put it down until I finished it. This book is about a gift and it IS a gift in many different ways. It is a story of life and the power of family love told through the eyes of a seven year old. This story will warm your heart and probably take you to a few places in your own heart you haven't been for a while. I found the gift I was looking for.
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This is a heart touching "old feel' story.

This sweet story is told by a 60 year old woman but related from her memories as a seven year old child. Debra is the youngest child of an older mother and father. She has two older sisters, 25 year old Gail and 14 year old Kathy who was stricken with polio when she was 7. Debra also has an older, 21 year old, brother who is away in the army. The year is 1957 and little Debby discovers that her beloved father has a secret. She prays about it and shares it with her siblings, then her mother and finally her father. Her prayer is answered allowing her father to fulfill a life-long dream. His courage encourages her mother to learn a new skill too.

The skill that Debby's father learns allows him to give a very special gift to each of the children that Christmas. It is something they can cherish all their lives and it brought tears to my eyes.

Once or twice I thought...this writing seems so simple. Then I reminded myself that it was being told from the perspective of a child and that was the proper tone. The Epilogue is a wrap up of the grown life of the narrator. The story is well written - really hitting the nature emotions of the child. The characters are real-to-life people in a real-to-life setting. Even the epilogue had me thinking that Debra was the author of the story instead of a fictional character.

This is warm and lovely - a quick read that may be a Christmas story but could be read anytime you want to warm you heart and find courage to try new things even as you "mature" in age. I recommend this as a real to life, uplifting story.
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More About the Author

As the youngest in the family, growing up on a farm in Findlay, Ohio, Diane often acted out characters from her own stories in the backyard. In high school she was the student sitting in class with a novel hidden in front of her propped up textbook. Before starting on her writing career, Diane was a schoolteacher and play director.

She met her husband while teaching at an orphanage, and they married three years later. While raising their six children in southwestern Ohio, Diane started writing non-fiction. Later, she decided it would be a nice escape to write fiction plus keep sane with a full and noisy household.

Several non-fiction articles of Diane's have been published in Woman's World Weekly, The Catholic Telegraph, Virtue, Down Syndrome Today, WritersWeekly.com, and several other publications. Her book, The Christmas of 1957, was reissued under the title A Christmas Gift. It placed second in the 2010 Preditors & Editors Poll (novel category) and received 5 stars from the Midwest Book Review. The latest title is A GIFT FOREVER. She writes Amish fiction, contemporary romance, inspirational mainstream, chick-lit mystery, and non-fiction books. Her novels have received great reviews from readers and reviewers.

Diane has published through a variety of houses, including Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery, Samhain Publishing, Whimsical Publications, Victory Tales Press and Booklocker.com. She writes fun and inspiring stories filled with memorable characters. Diane gives thanks to God daily for all her wonderful blessings.

Recently, Diane has enjoyed publishing her Amish romances, A JOYFUL BREAK, Dreams of Plain Daughters, Book One, JUDITH'S PLACE, Book Two and FLEETING HOPE, Book Three. She also wrote a short title AN AMISH STARRY CHRISTMAS NIGHT. Diane has recently reissued several of her books that were previously published. They have new covers with some new material added to them.

Learn more about Diane and her books at http://www.dianecraver.com

Important Note: A GIFT FOREVER was titled A Christmas Gift and was published by Whimsical Publications. When Diane decided to get her rights back, she changed the title to A GIFT FOREVER and had a new cover made for it.