Ashley @ Book Labyrinth
on Nov. 30, 2011 :
'The Christmas Gift' is (surprisingly, I know) a short story about Christmas and the power of love (cue Marty McFly guitar solo here). Okay, to be serious now: it’s a short story that focuses on the connection that little girls have with their dolls. I thought it was a pretty sweet Christmas story. It’s fairly predictable in plot and theme, but it has heart, and I could picture parents reading it to their little girls as a yearly Christmas tale.
There was a lot of power of imagination at work with Constance the doll being able to think and feel. Normally I would want some reason for this, but in a short story I can excuse it and have fun just appreciating the emotion behind the story. Overall, definitely a cute Christmas story.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Nov. 5, 2011 :
This the story of Sarah, Miss Emily, and Constance, the beautiful doll. It is also the story of Christmas and how often things turn out all right against all odds. I liked the story very much!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Sep. 30, 2011 :
The Christmas Gift - A Wonderful Gem!
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Author: John McDonnell
As Constance sat at the beautifully appointed holiday table, she once again found herself the center of the neighborhood girls' attention. Of course, being the most attractive and coveted doll in the house, this was a familiar position. Enjoying her perch, a sudden commotion in the kitchen pulled her mistress away. Moments later her mistress returned with a filthy street urchin in tow. Suddenly, Constance found herself handed over to the young girl who mercilessly pawed at her with her grubby hands. Just when Constance thought it could not get any worse, her life changed forever.
John McDonnell's detailed and wonderfully textured descriptions of early twentieth century life, rich characterizations, and juxtaposition of the wealthy versus the destitute vagabonds engrosses the reader into a portrait of depression era America. Hopping the rails, working for food, and finding happiness in life's simple pleasures transport one to a harder but in some ways simpler time.
"The Christmas Gift" tugged at my heartstrings evoking a number of emotions. Its simple yet touching messages lingered with me long after finishing the final pages. This and a wonderful feeling of nostalgia it induced are what prompted me to give this five stars. I really enjoyed this short story. "The Christmas Gift" is $4.99 on Kindle.
Note: A complementary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on March 2, 2010 :
Excellent story. The reader is drawn straight in to the dolls world and the different perspective. I wish I had daughters or granddaughters to share it with. It shows the true Christmas spirit that we could all benefit from at any time of year.
(review of free book)
on Feb. 9, 2010 :
Excellent story. As one reads they can see so much truth and love between the lines. Beautifully written
(review of free book)