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A Home For Christmas: The Sweetest Gift / A Christmas Angel (Inspirational Christmas Collection) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 340 KB
  • Print Length: 119 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Talents Press; 1 edition (November 6, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 6, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064DQTJS
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vince on November 14, 2011
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What if "The Gift of the Magi" Could have had a gloriously happy ending?

What if the roots of the story ran so deep that it read like a 19th century midwestern farm family diary?

That would make it, "The Sweetest Gift!"

Where O. Henry was after irony, O! Connealy delivers "The Sweetest Gift" - a feel good Christmas tale that will make you smile clear through the Holidays.

Frankly, I'm Christmas-green with envy!
First, I would not have dared to challenge this classic theme and second, if I did, I wouldn't have figured out how to do it and still produce such a happy ending!

I think Mary Connealy is an author too creative for her genre. She writes Americana and would be right at home working besides Mark Twain. This novella does a hundred things extremely well. The motivation is amazing.

In just a few pages I found it totally believable that Graham and Addie would have agreed to their sight-unseen marriage of convenience. The motiation comes from all sides and every direction. All the rustic details are so vivid the reader can only conclude that the author is a Nebraska farm wife herself. (Which she is). Indeed, many of the incidents in the story are part of her family heritage.

All this only explains the 19th Century realism, however; it doesn't explain the creativity! That's just something that happens. Can one explain Mark Twain, James Thurber, or Will Rogers? I can't. But I can sure enjoy their work.

"The Sweetest Gift" is a novella. It's really a short novel with ten fully developed chapters and a very pleasing Epilogue. The story takes place in 1899, mostly on a Nebraska farm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Izmadiz on October 23, 2012
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I have to say, I've never been a huge fan of novellas, but I've been reading them lately and the first one in the collection is the best one I've ever read. Usually novellas make me feel cheated from a bigger book because the characters feel too stilted or things get passed over or the romantic tension is a little bit cheezy to do well in such a short space, but this one was as good as any full length novel. And I adore that it's based on a real story.

Then usually novella collections always keep me from recommending or rating it because one or more pulls down the others and I feel that's unfair to rate, but the second one was one of the better novellas I've read, so I get to rate this one. :) Good collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Newcomb on December 12, 2011
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Mary tells the story of Adelaide agreeing to marry her best friends widowed husband, Graham, to take care of their toddler. She's willing to do this for Greta even though she feels Graham killed Greta. Adelaide is twenty-eight, never married and no prospects in sight. She's a librarian and loves to play the piano. Adelaide has been saving her earnings and has acquired some very valuable, original, sheet music which she hides in her things when she leaves with Graham as his bride. Graham arrives on the train, they go to lunch with her parents, to the preachers house to get married and leave on the afternoon train to return to Graham's, her, home.

Graham wants a wife in name only, as he believes he killed his first wife, Greta, and doesn't want to kill another wife. When they arrive back home, Adelaide gets to meet Bridget, Graham and Greta's daughter, Graham's two sisters and his brother. They are not friendly at all, they are businesslike, to the point and talk in short very clipped words. In other words they speak only what needs to be said and that's it.

You will have to read the book to see what happens from here. Mary did a good job of making this a short story as you feel there is a lot that could be added if she'd wanted to, but it is great as it is done.

Robin tells the story of Jennifer and Mick, who have known each other since Jennifer was a young girl and Mick worked in her Father's store. Mick married her step-sister in a hurry and left Chicago to live in Idaho on a farm. Jennifer's family was told that Christina had died then their daughter Annie had a accident and couldn't walk. When Mick ran out of money and options to care for Annie he wrote to Christina's family asking for help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Blake on November 11, 2011
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The Sweetest Gift,
This is such a delightful story and its based on a true story of Mary's Grand parents. Adelaide I a only child, educated and a spinster who loves playing the piano. Graham is a farmer from Nebraska who just happened to be married to her best friend. The story is a delightful story and perfect for Christmas. As the story unfolds we see what love can come unexpectedly. The side characters are shall I say interesting, very opinionated and like to have their say. This is a truely delightful story.

A Christmas Angel
Another delightful story. I loved Annie she's such a sweet girl. Seeing an angel in the catalogue is what she wants for Christmas only she wants an angel to help her family. Her father Mick would love to buy her one but money is tight after her accident. He as to ask his inlaws for help and Jennifer comes to help. He is worried she will be like her step sister and she is worried he still loves his wife although she died a couple years back. The way the story unfolds is also delightful and I just couldn't put the book down even though my eyes were wanting to close. I didn't want either story to end.
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