The Gift of Christmas Present
Christine Bradley couldn't have been more surprised when, shortly after her mother's death, her father revealed that Christine had been adopted at birth. As she grapples with the loss of t
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I enjoyed this story; it was a little too short, but I say that because I en...more
I like how the characters were real and showed their flaws but were also excited to love and embrace all family members.
Still, it had a very good plot line. I just would have liked it alot better had it been delivered better.
(Reviewer's Note: This novella is one of three in the omnibus edition, which I purchased. However, I am going to review it separately, since doing three reviews in one post would make the post much too long. It would also not allow me the space to comment on everything I want to mention.)
It's only normal for an adopted child to eventually want to meet his/her biological parents, and Christine Bradley is no exception. Even though she loves her adoptive family, she feels she must find out more abo...more
I had mixed feelings about this one. I liked the author's style, and I liked the characters. But towards the end, as secrets regarding Christine's birth mother are reveal...more
Christine manages to track down her grand-mother but due to a mix-up ends up as housekeeper/carer and can't tell her the truth.
The book then tells her story as she gets to know her new 'family' and decide when and what to tell them. Secrets large and small come out over time and Christine is in for a traumatic time.
I found it hard to really like this book fil...more
However, there were some VERY heavy and difficult subjects brought up in this book, and they weren't handled with the gravity I thought they deserved. It seemed like everything was a bit swept under the rug all in the name of Christmas.
I think if the issues brought up had been handled with more seriousness, I would have been abl...more
This was yet another good Christmas story. I thought it was slightly reminiscent of "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens. It really wasn't related to that but it did remind me of it. All around,...more
This book was all about Christine's winter break from college and looking for her family. She recently found out she was adopted and this is her story.
The book didn't bring in too many excessive characters which is a plus for me.
She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.
Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspi...more