- File Size: 254 KB
- Print Length: 37 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Killer Ink Press; 1 edition (December 4, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 4, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QMIUP2W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,798 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Gift: A Heartwarming Family Holiday Short Kindle Edition
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Robert's mother-in-law was ill so his wife had to go care for her while he was left behind to care for their 7yo daughter, do the shopping, and prepare for Christmas. Though he was out of his comfort zone he managed everything beautifully. It's amazing how quickly we can lose sight of what's really important. However, when love leads the way, we are able to dig deep into our hearts and not only do what needs to be done but to do it well. When we find the spirit of Christmas, we are better for it.
By Rhonda Hopkins
12 5 2017
What a delightful short story by Rhonda Hopkins. Why am I not reading more of her books? I need to remedy that.
This book will get you into the spirit of the Holidays. It will have you reevaluating your priorities. That is a good thing trust me.
The best gift you can give your kids is your time. A wife presents her husband with the most wonderful gift of all, without him recognizing it as a gift from the heart.
Ms. Hopkins is brilliant in the creation and delivery of this wonderful story. What we know we should do and what we would like to do are not always important enough to make a priority in the here and now if left to our own device. Sometimes it take a special someone to make things happen today. That is what happens to our character in this book and his life is much richer for it. It is a real quick read and so worth it.
Children grow up fast, and this book would make a wonderful present to anyone who seems to think childhood will wait until this, that, or the other has been accomplished. Or buy it for yourself. It's a fun read, with twists, and it doesn't have to be Christmas to enjoy it.
The story itself is well-written and nicely developed. I wasn’t expecting the ending to happen as it did, but the ability to surprise a reader thus is one mark of a good writer. ‘The Gift’ is an enjoyable and rewarding short read.
This Christmas story challenges the reader to assess their values and priorities, and to remember what is most important in life.
by Rhonda Hopkins
Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd
Writing Style – 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
I enjoyed the heart-warming style of this piece. The flow was nice and balanced and the structure was very good.
Scene changes felt a little abrupt in places, but not excessively. However, I did feel the dialogue was too stiff in places, not lending a lot of individuality to the characters.
Character Development – 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
The story centres on the development of Robert, which is brilliantly accomplished through the varied facets of the simple plot line.
Whereas the Amanda character is perhaps not entirely typical of the average, Christmas-enthused, seven-year-old girl with her dad ‘on-tap’ (Trust me… I’ve been there!) she does hit the majority of the right notes for the story.
As a result, I related to both, but not so much with Robert’s continual self-doubt.
Descriptive – 3.5/5.0 (Good)
It’s a short, so this is a tough ask. Even so, there was a lot of good descriptive, though mostly based around the events as opposed to the locations and characters.
In particular, this area could have used a minor kick in the rear, just to bring it up to the level of the rest of the read.
Language & Grammar – 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
Excellent word selection and usage. Pretty good editing, though the Americanese fashion of applying commas with an automatic weapon showed up here and there.
Plot – 4.5/5.0 (Excellent) – VERY MINOR SPOILERS
I liked this a lot. Excellent twist on what might be expected when you begin the read.
However, I think the author missed a slight trick here when it came to content.
There were elements in here (filming the school show, for example) where you remain uncertain if it was accomplished. What did he end up buying as gifts (if at all)?
With such a short read, the extra 10-15 minutes of reading time would undoubtedly made the finished work stronger, without over-doing any of the story.
Personally, I always revel in the short story that isn’t too short. Maybe this one was… just a little.
General – 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
The cover is just right for the piece and there is no unnecessary preamble around the main plot line.
The writing is good and the characters – although a little light – are well drawn.
As a seasonal, feel-good read, this is excellent. 4 Good Stars! Recommended.
Robert's wife needs to leave to take care of her mother, so workaholic Robert has to take care of their daughter, as well as Christmas shopping and decorating. He's reminded of what's important in life and that's pretty much all I'm going to tell you. Being short, saying more might spoil it. But if you love the holidays, feel good movies, music, and books, you'll probably enjoy this story.
***I was gifted this book