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The Best Gift [Kindle Edition]

Wendy Markham
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 400 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Book Description

This book is a sequel to If Only in My Dreams (2006), by Wendy Markham.
On Christmas morning of 2009 Clara McCallum has exciting news for her husband, Drew. She’s pregnant. Before she can tell him, an earthquake hits California and she is transported into the future. She finds herself In 2012, where she wakes up alone, eight months pregnant, and no sign of Drew or their child. Clara ping-pongs between 2009 and 2012 as she tries to figure out what the future holds.

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The sequel to Markham’s If Only in My Dreams (2006) finds Clara McCallum happily married to Drew Becker, the reincarnation of Jed Landry, the soldier she fell in love with when she time-traveled back to 1941 just a few short years ago. Christmas morning of 2009 is a happy time for Clara—she has exciting news for Drew: she’s pregnant. But as soon as Clara makes the big announcement, an earthquake rocks their California house and she finds herself transported into the future. In 2012, she wakes up alone, eight months pregnant, and surrounded by boxes—with no sign of Drew or their child in sight. Clara bounces back and forth between 2009 and 2012 as she tries to figure out what the future holds. Though this novel is somewhat lighter on story than its predecessor, readers who enjoyed Markham’s first novel and its clever premise will also have fun this time around. --Kristine Huntley


"(4 1/2 Stars) Have you ever wanted to know what happened after the story ends? That's what Markham, aka Wendy Corsi Staub, does in this follow-up to If Only in My Dreams. It takes a splash of reincarnation, adds a dollop of The Time Traveler's Wife and stirs them into a beautiful love story." - RT Bookreviews Magazine       

"THE BEST GIFT isn't just a fascinating read, but a thought provoking tale of time travel, reincarnation, and true love. The characters...come alive, and the time travel transitions smoothly and is believable. Can true love last forever? Wendy Markham has penned a winner." - Romance Reviews Today 

"Wendy Markham delivers a fantastic new installment in her time-travel series. THE BEST GIFT is an intriguing, fast-action, time-travel caper with twists and turns galore. Ms. Markham's story is not only interesting but also believable and consistent, with well-built characters. The strong, action-packed plot will keep readers guessing the outcome.  On the other hand, does the book end there?  I could not put the book down until I read the very last page.  THE BEST GIFT is a gripping, what-if tale that you will no doubt savor more than once!" - ROMANCE JUNKIES

Product Details

  • File Size: 655 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Craes, LLC (November 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005V554ZU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't have been written June 12, 2011
By Claire
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved "If only in my Dreams". In fact, it is one of a handful of books I would take to the mythical desert island. "The Best Gift" is a miserable follow-up. It is quite simply boring. There is no chemistry between Drew and Clara --though we are told over and over that they love each other for all time, etc. etc. There is too much explanation of things that occurred in "If only in my Dreams" and it felt like the author was simply padding the book in order to reach her word count. And finally there was no real story here. For those who are looking for a book with emotional impact, I recommend you give this one a miss. And for those who loved the first book as much as I did, spare yourself the disappointment of this one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect holiday treat! 4.5 stars! December 15, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What a delightful surprise this little gem was! I couldn't imagine how the author was going to build this story but it didn't take long before I was hooked!

This sequel to "If Only In My Dreams" follows Clara, a very appealing woman, as she continues her life with Drew, the love of her life and the reincarnation of the man she fell in love with in 1941 during her first ordeal of time travel. Clara's world is turned upside down Christmas morning after sharing the best news of all with her beloved husband. Midway through an earthquake, she suddenly wakes to find herself in their home, surrounded with moving boxes, very pregnant and......alone. Clara's anguish and confusion are tangible and believable, as is her fear as she tries to figure out when she is and where her husband and un-born child are--or are they even still alive?

*****FOUR AND A HALF STARS! This is a poignant romance that will keep you up at night, as you must find out what happens to this loving family! Make a pot of tea, keep the tissues handy and curl up with this highly entertaining love story-with-a-twist...a perfect holiday treat! *****

Reviewed by Tracey Naylor for Huntress Reviews.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific thought provoking tale November 7, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
On Christmas morning 2009 in the San Francisco Bay area, Clara thinks her life is finally perfect after her disastrous time in 1941 when she learned she has breast cancer and fell in love knowing her GI Jed Landy was going to die at Normandy; he pledged to always find her no matter what (see If Only in My Dreams). Now in 2009 she loves her husband Drew and is seven weeks pregnant.

An earthquake hammers the Bay area. Clara keeps moving back and forth between 2009 and 2012. However what she observes in 2012 frightens her as she pregnant and alone except for boxes; Drew is nowhere and neither is the baby she was carrying in 2009. She begins flickering back and forth to Christmas 2012. She can't figure out what's going on with her future self. She's alone, hugely pregnant and the house is full of boxes. However, she keeps thinking back to 1941 and her eternal soul mate's pledge.

This is a terrific thought provoking tale that deftly combines time travel and reincarnation with the underlying theme that true love is forever. The beleaguered Clara is confused as she struggles between 2012 and 2009 but finds solace with her thoughts of 1941. Complicated and nonlinear, Wendy Markham continues her strong saga of love for all time.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! January 2, 2012
By Rhonda
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Really enjoyed this book. Great story and characters. Loved the time travel aspect and it was easy to keep up with where she was. Such a lovely story!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Track changes left on November 14, 2013
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I really wanted to read this. I read If Only In My Dreams and loved it, and didn't even realize that there was a sequel. But the Kindle version is so poorly edited and formatted that it is impossible to read. It reads like a first draft that was sent to the editor, and the version with Track Changes was uploaded. Cross-outs, word changes, and everything.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs new Kindle Version - Can't read November 13, 2013
By Mrs. S
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The kindle version is loaded with mark-ups/corrections. I tried to read this, but after several pages I gave up trying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Edit Marks Left In! November 13, 2013
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It seems that the Kindle version is a copy that was returned from an editor or friend who agreed to proof the book. It is hard to read with words crossed out and other edit marks. Please update the version and I'll change my rating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun to read October 27, 2013
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This was the second by Wendy Markham I have read. It was quirky and fun to read. I hope there is a sequel!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars charming
A great "second chapter " in the authors storyline. Enjoyed Jed's reincarnated self and the awakening of possibilities presented in this charming novel.
Published 1 month ago by SW
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down
This book hooked me from the start to the finish. I recommend this book to anyone who like fantasy and romance books.
Published 5 months ago by B. Hegemier
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast romantic read
I'm so glad she wrote this sequel. It was wonderful to see what happened to Clara and Drew. You should definitely read it.
Published 5 months ago by Phoebe
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Gift
Great story. Just as good as the first one with romance, mystery,family and a little time jumping . A feel good ," clean language" , read.
Published 5 months ago by Elaine T Demers
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW - not what I expected
I sure I read about this book when I bought it but didn't remember it was about time travel until I got into it. Really a fen book to read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jdecorso
3.0 out of 5 stars AS MUCH AS I ENJOY TIME TRAVEL
Published 9 months ago by GHOST RIDER
4.0 out of 5 stars escape...
A great "escape" when you need one. A little confusing at times going back and forth but worth the read.
Published 9 months ago by lv1nother
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Although I read and enjoyed The Gift, I felt it was a little undeveloped, it felt like a short story, which always leave me wanting more.
Published 10 months ago by Jodie
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
Awesome book. I loved it. It was such a great love story . It shows that true real live lasts through all times.
Published 10 months ago by Joyce E. Wheaton
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