- File Size: 3045 KB
- Print Length: 14 pages
- Publication Date: July 10, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003VD24IY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,492 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Best Gift: a holiday short story Kindle Edition
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While Giles Redmond was fighting for the North, he was permanently injured by a Rebel. Now back home in New Hampshire, the widower is greatly concerned about his daughter should he not be around until she grows up. So he has decided to wed Laura Wakefield, a woman whom he has known since they were children, thus supplying her and his child with a more secure future. Giles knows their marriage will be out of concern for a young girl, not love, because Laura could never have deep affection for a man as disfigured as him.
THE BEST GIFT has several surprises in store for its characters, and unanticipated feelings make the situations they are facing truly profound. I was deeply touched quite a few times, as the feelings of Giles and Laura come across as so open. Both believe something is missing in their lives and that the years ahead will more than likely be bleak. But there is a message of hope in the story which seemed so conceivable, as not every person judges someone by appearances. I was definitely smiling when the book ended.
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“The marriage would be one of convenience, not the love match she’d dreamed of for years on cold winter nights. She’d dreamed of dancing on the ice with Giles at the first skating party of the season.”
Giles, on the other hand, had a terrible secret which could destroy their marriage even before it started.
Though the story was short and very sweet, it was more like a short story in an anthology. One of the feel good kind of stories where you know you will end up with a smile and a warm heart. I have no clue why the author has not expanded on the story. For it can be such a beautiful love story with a lot of conflicts and a strong story plot.
To me it sounds like the author has plotted a scene rather than the story itself. But if the author ever decides to write this novel with a few more plots and conflicts I would love to review it.
In such a short span, the author has managed to bring a lot of passion between the two protagonists. It was an endearing moment when their hearts join forever.
Reason for Rating …
Giles Redmond had returned from the war and was injured more than he had told his future wife, Laura Wakefield. They had made a marriage arrangement. He had lost part of his left leg. He had to think about his daughter, Kathryn. Kathryn and Laura got along good and if something were to happen to him, he knew that both would be taken care of. You see he was wealth. As he saw them on the ice skating he wondered what the other people would think of his missing limb. There were only a few who knew he had lost part of his leg. He wondered how Laura would react on the wedding night when he revealed it to her. On the day of the wedding he checked everything and heard laughter out of Kathryn’s room which lightens his mood. He was worried about the wedding night. He looks out his window and saw all of the horses and carriages and remembered he had to keep it together. After everyone left, they went upstairs and Giles told Laura he would come to her. When he entered the room she noticed he was on crutches instead of using his cane. He sat on the bed and revealed what was left of his leg. She did not react like he thought she would; see she had been in love with him for along time. She did not care about his leg and with that they became one. Love HEA stories.
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So this is a short story but great to read. The story is very fast pace and straight to the point it actually make me wish there was more.Read more