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The Christmas Gift

3.15  ·  Rating Details ·  131 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
In Australia, Rosie is preparing for a family Christmas like no other. Across the world in Dublin, another family's holiday plans are about to go in an unexpected direction.

Filled with Monica McInerney's trademark warmth, heart and humour, these two beautiful new short stories will delight readers this Christmas.
Kindle Edition, 32 pages
Published November 29th 2013 by Penguin Australia (first published November 28th 2013)
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Dec 30, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed these two short stories which were very quick to read.

The first story is The Christmas List: Two years after Rosie and Dan are married they celebrate the birth of their daughter Amy. Although Rosie and Dan love being parents they also learn very quickly just how exhausting it can be. The year that Amy starts school is the year that Rosie and Dan are to host the Christmas celebrations. For Rosie controlling a five year old was hard enough so she had no idea how she was going to o
The Christmas List

Rosie was an only child, so when she married Dan she had an instant family. Dan was one of eight, and every year a different family would host the Christmas celebrations. Rosie was initially terrified, but after realizing she had seven years until it was their turn, she felt she would be able to cope.

During the intervening years, they were blessed with a daughter, Amy. Amy was the delight of the celebrations each Christmas, a beautiful child always happy and smiling. But sudde
Dec 07, 2013 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Monica McInerney, but not a huge fan of short stories, but when Monica gave a shout out the other day that she had a short story ebook gift, i grabbed it as a gift for Christmas! These stories are very short - there are two in the book and took me 20 mins to read them both. Christmas themed stories of course, these books are just grab a cuppa and some Christmas cake - by the time you are finished the cuppa, the books will be also. Just quick easy reads.......nice feelgood stories though. ...more
Dec 17, 2013 Kathryn rated it liked it
Very quick and easy read. So quick, it can be read in 1 sitting! There are 2 short stories - certainly not of the quality of Monica McInerney's regular length novels, but sweet little tales that may help get you in the mood for Christmas.
The Christmas Gift consist of two short stories by Best Selling Australian Author Monica McInerney: The Christmas List; The Holiday.

The Christmas List

The Christmas List is a short story that puts the meaning of Christmas and Family into perspective. It’s the story of how a young couple, Rosie and Dan, fall in love and get married. It’s about Dan’s family’s Christmas traditions and how at first Rosie is both pertified and perplexed by them. It’s about how time passes and the pair have a child, Am
Mar 04, 2016 A.M. rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own, e-books
Two short stories from the Irish Australian McInerney.
The Christmas List - List writing helps a mother deal with the worst news of all; her child is ill. Her only child.
It’s funny but I moved countries and arrived days before Christmas and the family all decided they would stay at my house. Literally the only way I got through that was with lists; incredibly detailed ones. So this really resonated.
The holiday - As times get tough, a family dips into their holiday savings until there is nothin
Jan 14, 2014 Lee rated it liked it
I haven't read any books by Monica McInerney before and thought that this would be a good introduction, but I found the short stories were just too short. I do enjoy a good novella but would have liked these stories to be a bit longer. Having said that, they are a free offering so they are a good intro to the author. There are two feel good Christmas stories in this edition that were rounded off nicely and I read them while having a cuppa.
copy kindly provided by Netgalley and the publisher
Nov 12, 2015 Nicki rated it it was ok
I did download quite a few festive short stories. Even though I don't really like them. I think I might go on a deleting spree. Monica is an author I've read before and enjoyed, but these stories are both too brief to be of any really substance, and I find them sappy, too (which is, I guess, the point!). Full length stories for me from now on....
Jan 08, 2014 Belinda rated it liked it
These two short stories are short, sweet and very nice - a very pleasant antidote to the craziness that is the Christmas season. If you find yourself too stressed out to continue, five minutes with one of these tales will bring a smile to your dial.

I received a copy of these short stories via Netgalley but these opinions are my own.
Dec 26, 2013 Bettina rated it it was ok
Not really a fan of short story books. You just start to get into the characters and then the book is finished. Loved the storyline though, just wish that it went for longer. Only read it because I love Monica's books.
Aug 31, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it
Two really short holiday stories. Both sweet and engaging. The second one even brought me to tears. Still one of my fave Aussie authors, though these stories were a little too short for my liking. Lucky they were free.
Dec 08, 2013 Helen rated it it was ok
Love the writing, but only 50% of the novella is two VERY brief stories. Stick to her full novels :-/
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Paula Clark
Two short and heart warming stories - you never know what's around the corner and those things in life you thought were HUGE before can pale into insignificance when faced with life's challenges.
A novellete with 2 short Christmas stories - sweet reads about making the best of circumstances and not loosing hope.
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Shelves: short-stories
Getting a taste for Ms McInerney with her free holiday read.
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Monica McInerney is the internationally bestselling author of eleven novels including Hello from the Gillespies, The House of Memories, Lola's Secret, At Home with the Templetons, Family Baggage, The Alphabet Sisters and Those Faraday Girls (which was named the General Fiction Book of the Year in the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards.
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“She just waited. Rosie had no choice. She’d have to do it on her own. She’d do anything for Amy, even hear whatever she was about to hear, on her own. The consultant was in his office. It was as untidy as always. He didn’t smile. It wasn’t a bad sign. He” 1 likes
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