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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  24,940 ratings  ·  1,807 reviews
Step into the magical world of Cecelia Ahern.
If you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be?Everyday Lou Suffern battled with the clock. He always had two places to be at the same time. He always had two things to do at once. When asleep he dreamed. In between dreams, he ran through the events of the day while making plans for the next. When at home with h
Paperback, 305 pages
Published October 20th 2008 by HarperCollins (first published 2008)
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Desiree Streib I wondered the same thing, but he was the one who delivered the news to Ruth and the family after the accident. Wouldn't Ruth know him? If not, then A…moreI wondered the same thing, but he was the one who delivered the news to Ruth and the family after the accident. Wouldn't Ruth know him? If not, then Ahern left us with a whole bunch of unanswered (and unnecessary) questions. I personally think it's just someone else in the same area but agree that it's a little confusing.
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Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
The Gift by Cecelia Ahern is a 2008 Harper Collins publication.

Not your typical holiday story…

The story is centered around Lou Suffern, a workaholic who never spends quality time with his family, and whose multi-tasking leaves much to be desired. Immediately, the reader understands that Lou is not a warm person, and I personally took an instant dislike to him.

But, one day, although completely out of character for Lou, he buys a homeless man named Gabe a cup of coffee, which eventually leads hi
Fatema Meamari
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fatema by: Ghaida Abdul Rahman
Cecelia Ahern is a very clever, creative writer. I really admire her work. It's pretty awesome. When you look at her covers, you don't expect much (At least that's how it was with me). You expect just another romantic comedy with all the gooey, cheesy, lovey-dovey romantic parts. Trust me, that is FAR from the case.
Her books are wonderful. They deal with serious issues and serious problems. Real-life, every day shit. She also throws in a little bit of magic and intrigue. Her books have this cre
Maryam Rz.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a heartfelt Christmas read
5 STARS! Perfect for Christmas.
My first book by Cecelia and I LOVED it.

A lesson finds the common denominator and links us all together, like a chain. At the end of that chain dangles a clock, and on the face of the clock registers the passing of time. We see it and we hear it, the hushed tick-tock, but often we don’t feel it. Each second makes its mark on every single person’s life—comes and then goes, quietly disappearing without fanfare, evaporating into air like steam from a piping hot Chr
Ashton Jade Gibbs

The Gift – Cecelia Ahern

Admittedly, I, like so many others before me, seem to associate Cecelia Ahern with lovely, girly books, especially with the gorgeous covers her books always have. This is far from the case. Her books are incredibly touching, the writing is clever and this book in particular is a fabulous example of how her books can be moralistic with a magical touch.

The Gift centres on the story of Lou Suffern, as told through the eyes of someone else. Lou is your stereotypical over-
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
I actually received this book as a gift last Xmas, but, it isn't the sort of book that I'd go and purchase myself, so I suppose I've been putting it off. I have seen Cecelia Ahern's works in the bookshops, but never, until now, read one of her works.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It certainly wasn't amazing or anything, but it is evident that Ahern is a wonderfully creative writer, and instead of some cheesy romance like I was expecting, there were some real life issues in
Cecelia Ahern's The Gift is a lovely addition to holiday fiction. It leaves readers with a beautiful message about how precious and impactful the gift of time is. Not just time on this earth, but the time you purposefully set aside for those who give your life quality and purpose. Nurture those relationships before you lose them. The Gift is worth the read. Check it out!

My favorite quote:
"Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasur
This book is for you if:
you are in the mood for a good old Christmas-ly cry
you feel introspective and open to reflect on the sense of life
you want to reconnect with family values
you want something that will remind you what are the important things in life
This book is NOT for you if:
you need something easy-breezy with no drama
you DO NOT want to cry
you're looking for more of a happily ever after novel
you are looking for a girl-meets-boy novel

I enjoyed this book, it reduced me into tears, I was o
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic
I found that book today on a bookself and it reminded me of some great time I had during reading it...

Lou is the main character, who is an arrogant and busy 24/7 man. He is not happy with his life, he always wants more, he tries to do more, but actually he forgets what he already has.... especially his family: his wife Ruth and their two young children. Especially his one year old son is crying when he approaches, not recognizing any familiarity with his father.

Life goes on, until one day, befo
Oct 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted something easy to read on public transport and this certainly ticked that box. I finished it before even adding it to my 'currently reading' on this site!

The protagonist is fallible, something I always think makes a book interesting, and all the characters are somewhat believable, but it was very hard to find anything warm or likeable in them. The people and the settings made me feel uncomfortable somehow. Perhaps they was supposed to.

I suppose it's easy to be cynical about the characte
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
After reading Cecelia Ahern's novels 'Book of Tomorrow' and 'P.S I Love You', I was looking forward to reading another. Her books are so easy to read and leave you feeling really uplifted and The Gift definitely does that.
I was a little dubious about reading a Christmas novel in July but towards the end I really got into the festive spirit! An utterly fantastic book that gives out a fabulous message about the gift of time which really made me think as I turned each page. The descriptive writing
Liberty K
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book guys, THIS BOOK hit me right in the feels! It deserves one thousand stars not only five!
This book was everything I wanted and I didn't even know. It was the perfect holiday Christmassy read but at the same time not cheesy with the happily ever after effect but very helpful to understand that time with the loved ones is the only gift anyone ever have in life!
Actual rating: 3.5 stars


Damn. This book was not what I expected at all. It's not a happy-go-lucky, fluffy, romantic Christmas book. It's almost the opposite. It's basically heartbreaking. Throughout the entire book I couldn't stand main character Lou and the choices he made at first, but at the same time I was hoping he would change. For the sake of his wife, his children, his parents and his brother and sister. And when I started liking him near the end of the
Colleen (Colleensreadingadventures) Scidmore
Actual rating 3.50-3.75 stars

This book was so much better than I had anticipated. I have read one other book by Cecelia Ahern just a couple of months ago and I was pretty disappointed. So when starting this book I was expecting the same kind of outcome. But I was pleasantly surprised.
This book was pretty well written.
I loved the beginning how it starts off on one story that I thought the book was about but ends up being taking you down a whole different route.

I really hated Lou in the beginnin
Iris Blobel
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for Cecelia Ahern Fans!

I loved the book because after I had read the previous few books, I fell in love with Cecelia's stories yet again.

It's a common story: a busy husband and father, with a big career, wants everything, yet bigger and better, and not getting his priorities right. His family and health are suffering. Lou at some stage lost the ability to live until he meets Gabriel, or Gabe, a man living on the streets. After this his life changes forever....

Cecilia Ahern always add
Nicka Cassandra
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasures. It is time that we do not have enough of; it is time that causes the war within our hearts, and so we must spend it wisely.

Time cannot be packaged and ribboned and left under trees for Christmas morning.

Time can't be given. But it can be shared."

Yet again another beautifully crafted novel by my favorite author Cecelia Ahern!

The Gift follows the story or should I say stories of a very
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read
I know that Cecelia Ahern is a pretty popular author but what made me interested in her works is that her brother in-law is Westlife's Nicky Bryne! The book's message that love cannot only be spelled as L-O-V-E but it can also be spelled as T-I-M-E. This is because we wont bother giving them our time if we don't love them. Time is precious and unlike money it cannot be taken back so, let us all use it to create wonderful memories that would definitely last a lifetime. ...more
This book is pure magic, just what I needed
By Cecelia Ahern

THIS book caught my eye with its silver wrapping-paper effect hardcover of shiny snowflakes and bright red ribbon tied in a bow to look like the perfect gift.

This touching novel focuses on a man who comes to realise that some parts of his life can only bring him to ruin.

Businessman Lou Suffern always has to be in two places at the same time. He catches the beginning of one meeting or function so that he can be there at the end of another.

His womanising and
Glass Fairy
You know those books that leave you stripped bare emotionally? That have you sat, weeping, questioning every choice you have made or are about to make?
This is one of those books.

Lou is a very successful man, he has a fantastic job, in line for a huge promotion, he has a beautiful wife and two wonderful children, and every day he ruins it, by choosing the unimportant things in life over the important ones, Gabe, a lovely homeless man, enters his life and helps him, Lou doesn't understand or even
Nov 19, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ireland, christmas
On the back of this book it says "An instant holiday classic" so you think you'll be in for a nice and cozy type of read. Heck no! I mean I would say 95% of the book is great but as soon as you realize how it's going to end you're like "WTF?" I stayed up late finishing it b/c I kept thinking there is no way it's going to end like I think it is but it did. Yes, the overall message is great but the outcome of this particular story is not something you want on your mind as you're trying to fall asl ...more
Aug 24, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks-a-z
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Jul 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was just disappointed with this book, I thought it was going to be a nice happy read but I just hated the main character and I just couldn't wait for the book be over. I don't think I've ever felt so much hatred towards a character but his personality and actions really ruined the book for me and I just didn't care whether or not he would end up choosing his family because they clearly didn't deserve him. 

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Fatima Farzeen
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have a copy, pick it up! Please do. It's a tad bit slow in the beginning but you won't regret it. Your "time" will not be spent in vain.

I am still reeling from the ending. Such a beautiful book! Cecelia sure has a knack for delivering simple stories weaved in her typical, captivatingly magical and heartfelt writing.
Christine (KizzieReads)
Wow!! I didn't think I would get all the feels with this book, but I did. It really makes you take a step back and look at your life, and how time and one simple action can change your life and the lives around you so very drastically. ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful, imaginative story! I was reminded a little bit of both A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life (although Scrooge at his worst was more likable than Lou throughout most of the book). It’s a tearjerker.
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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“One thing of great importance can affect a small number of people. Equally so, a thing of little importance can affect a multitude. Either way, a happening big or small can affect an entire string of people.”

Before I start my review I simply have to tell you this: Cecelia Ahern is an extremely brilliant writer. I've read one book by her before this- If You Could See Me Now and I liked it a lot, but it was som
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, storygraph
What do you get when you combine George Bailey, Ebenezer Scrooge, and Don Draper?

You get Lou Suffern.

Lou's the main character in this Christmas-novel-with-a-timeless-message by Irish author Cecelia Ahern, whose books I tend to enjoy. (See my review of There's No Place Like Here.) I'm usually not a Christmas book reader, but I was in the mood for such a novel this past week. When I saw this on display at the library, I grabbed it because Ahern's novels tend to be light reads (guilty pleasures,
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Fraffee by: My wonderful English teacher's DEAR reading list
This book truly stuck a nerve and one of my heart strings at the same time. After reading the book, I was put in a state of shock. But it was a good kind of shock. If you were to ask me if this book changed my life then I would say that in a way, it did. Don't misunderstand me, though. This book did not turn my world upside down and left me breathless. But what it really did was even more amazing. It opened my eyes.

I can confidently say that Cecelia Ahern is a gifted writer. To be honest, I had
A fantastic Christmas story, very emotional.

This story is about Lou who is always in a race against the clock, always having to do 2 things at once at 2 different places. When he is home with his wife and children his mind is always somewhere else, this, of course, is bad for his relationship and his health.

Lou meets a man named Gabe, Gabe is homeless, but with good intentions, Lou gives the man a job in the mailroom where Lou works.

Gabe is strange and is in 2 places at the same time, this isn'
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was excellent, even though it was not the cozy / feel-good story I was expecting. If you're looking for an easy-breezy Christmas story, look elsewhere. ...more
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Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.

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