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On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-bound bus into a small midwestern town. She doesn't intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason and it is part of a story that you will never forget. The time is the 1950s, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. Th On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-bound bus into a small midwestern town. She doesn't intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason and it is part of a story that you will never forget. The time is the 1950s, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. The place is a small midwestern town with a high school and a downtown, a skating pond and a movie house. And on a tree-lined street in the heartland of America, an extraordinary set of events begins to unfold. And gradually what seems serendipitous is tinged with purpose. A happy home is shattered by a child's senseless death. A loving marriage starts to unravel. And a stranger arrives—a young woman who will touch many lives before she moves on. She and a young man will meet and fall in love. Their love, so innocent and full of hope, helps to restore a family's dreams. And all of their lives will be changed forever by the precious gift she leaves them. The Gift, Danielle Steel's thirty-third best-selling work, is a magical story told with stunning simplicity and power. It reveals a relationship so moving it will take your breath away. And it tells a haunting and beautiful truth about the unpredictability—and the wonder—of life.


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On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-bound bus into a small midwestern town. She doesn't intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason and it is part of a story that you will never forget. The time is the 1950s, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. Th On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-bound bus into a small midwestern town. She doesn't intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason and it is part of a story that you will never forget. The time is the 1950s, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. The place is a small midwestern town with a high school and a downtown, a skating pond and a movie house. And on a tree-lined street in the heartland of America, an extraordinary set of events begins to unfold. And gradually what seems serendipitous is tinged with purpose. A happy home is shattered by a child's senseless death. A loving marriage starts to unravel. And a stranger arrives—a young woman who will touch many lives before she moves on. She and a young man will meet and fall in love. Their love, so innocent and full of hope, helps to restore a family's dreams. And all of their lives will be changed forever by the precious gift she leaves them. The Gift, Danielle Steel's thirty-third best-selling work, is a magical story told with stunning simplicity and power. It reveals a relationship so moving it will take your breath away. And it tells a haunting and beautiful truth about the unpredictability—and the wonder—of life.

30 review for The Gift (Hadiah Terindah)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diane Wallace

    Very touching,beautifully written,with strong and lovable characters.....(paperback!)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dey

    I'd say that this book was mainly directed towards teens. I thought this book was very knowledgeable and interesting. I loved how Steele portrayed the idea that there is a reason for everyone who enters your life, and there is also a reason for their leaving. Also that not everyone is meant to be a part of your life forever, but some are only there to bring a "gift," not saying what that gift might be. I'd say that this book was mainly directed towards teens. I thought this book was very knowledgeable and interesting. I loved how Steele portrayed the idea that there is a reason for everyone who enters your life, and there is also a reason for their leaving. Also that not everyone is meant to be a part of your life forever, but some are only there to bring a "gift," not saying what that gift might be.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ken-ichi

    As I was perusing the Rockridge library in search of a romance novel for my month of trash, I felt unexpectedly out of place turning the revolving paperback romance shelves, like I had found one of the many hidden exits from well-adjusted, socially accepted sanity into the hazy fringe. This, I felt, was taboo. Which is exactly what this month was supposed to be about. But I had a mission, and that mission was to find Danielle Steel. I was a little disappointed to discover her shelved with the ha As I was perusing the Rockridge library in search of a romance novel for my month of trash, I felt unexpectedly out of place turning the revolving paperback romance shelves, like I had found one of the many hidden exits from well-adjusted, socially accepted sanity into the hazy fringe. This, I felt, was taboo. Which is exactly what this month was supposed to be about. But I had a mission, and that mission was to find Danielle Steel. I was a little disappointed to discover her shelved with the hardcover fiction: nice, conventional, pastel-colored novels wrapped in worn library plastic like every other normal book on the shelf. No torn clothing, no heaving chests, no pirate flags, no flesh tones. Was this really romance? It quickly became apparent that, yes, this was really romance, which I have come to define thusly: novels about very boring people destined to engage in very boring courtship culminating in very boring expressions of mutual affection liberally sprinkled with awkward, hammy sex and physicality. Let me talk about the boring some more. In the first couple pages, we meet a perfect American family who love each other very much and live in a world where nothing could possibly go wrong. Hm, how can we turn this into drama? After Steel kills off one of the kids and the family implodes over the loss of that oh-so-precious "gift," we meet a completely different family who are so very bad, with a pig-headed lout of a father, an equally boorish brother, a mousy, submissive mother, and lo, a sparklingly brilliant young girl full of wit and intelligence and premature beauty who gets knocked up and cast out into the cruel world to birth her unwanted child alone. With a setup like that, a computer could write the rest. A Tandy could write the rest. My high school graphing calculator could write the rest. Enter parameters: 1) family missing child, 2) girl with excess child, 3) repeated mention of men getting erections. *crunches numbers* DING! A novel. I actually think I would have been more forgiving if I'd picked something way trashier. Veering into the non-genre aisles raised my expectations unrealistically, so I'm probably not giving a Steel a fair shake. I will say this, though: despite being infinitely duller than Bella in Twilight (Bella actually has a personality during the brief interludes when she isn't contemplating Edward's pecs), Maribeth is actually many times more rational in the face of All-consuming Romantic Love. Bella literally loses physical control of herself when she's with Edward, whereas Maribeth not only masters her physical desire for Tommy, but she also remains steadfast in her original intent to give up the baby, despite Tommy's many pleas to the contrary. Like the rest of the book, it's a little too cute and cozy from the 21st century perspective to have the protagonist be a proto-feminist, but what the hell, she's still admirable, even if she was obviously designed to be that way. Ultimately, I think this book is about comfort. There is horror at the center (few things are more horrific than losing a child), but I felt Steel didn't plumb the pain of it enough to make her layer upon layer of warm blankets and hot chocolate feel rewarding. Maybe if I read Danielle Steel and Cormac McCarthy simultaneously, they would balance each other out...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mansuriah Hassan

    This is a heart warming, compassionate and yet inspirational book about two families that have suffered tragedies and are trying to get their lives back. Loss is part of this book and unfortunately in life everyone at some point will face loss of their loved ones. In the first part of the book you meet a perfect and happy family of Whittaker that loves each other very much. Whittaker’s are a family of four: John, Liz, Tommy and Annie. Tommy was an only child until he was ten. The parents, John a This is a heart warming, compassionate and yet inspirational book about two families that have suffered tragedies and are trying to get their lives back. Loss is part of this book and unfortunately in life everyone at some point will face loss of their loved ones. In the first part of the book you meet a perfect and happy family of Whittaker that loves each other very much. Whittaker’s are a family of four: John, Liz, Tommy and Annie. Tommy was an only child until he was ten. The parents, John and Liz, then had Annie after having miscarriages three times. Annie and Tommy got along very well and always loved to be around each other (unlike most siblings). However, on one Christmas the family is torn apart by an unexpected loss. Second part of the book switches settings featuring Maribeth, a young struggling teenager who got pregnant. She runs away from her family, and starts working in a restaurant as a waitress, where she meets Tommy. The two immediately got to know each other and become good friends. While all of this happening, John and Liz are still very upset about Annie. They barely even talk to each other or Tommy. They never have meals together, and that's why Tommy is always at the restaurant. When Tommy founds out Maribeth is pregnant, he tells his parents, and with the parents wanting a child, they are willing to adopt the baby. Seven months later, John and Liz Whittaker are the parents of a baby girl, Kate. After the birth is over, Maribeth, goes to her home. She has to go back for school and her worrying family. Danielle Steele did an excellent job when she wrote this book. It is a wonderful drama that puts warmth in your heart, and a tear in your eye. This is a very touching book that covers a very touching subject. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was like an emotional rollercoaster, it made me laugh and it made me cry. I would recommend this book to women of all ages; this book taught a lot about family, love and how to cope with pain and how to support each other.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cristine Pia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Danielle Steel never fails me ending up in bed, sobering myself to sleep! The words are very simple yet it can absolutely pain a reader's heart. This story is family-based; about a young love that blossomed into something really foolish. She got pregnant and was nowhere to go thus the decision of going somewhere else and start anew. There she met this guy who changed life's meaning. They were ok. In fact, very in love. The guy knew she was pregnant from a previous love and it was rather a romantic Danielle Steel never fails me ending up in bed, sobering myself to sleep! The words are very simple yet it can absolutely pain a reader's heart. This story is family-based; about a young love that blossomed into something really foolish. She got pregnant and was nowhere to go thus the decision of going somewhere else and start anew. There she met this guy who changed life's meaning. They were ok. In fact, very in love. The guy knew she was pregnant from a previous love and it was rather a romantic acceptance. The twist of giving up her Baby to a family who once lost a child was just soul crashing. I cried a damn brook of tears! She was too young; she can absolutely give no care. Yeah. It might be so stupid for a Mother to give up her child but what good is to raising one if life would mean hunger and death. Her baby was given to the Guy's family (the guy from her renewed life),then a promise that if she will be all stitched up and well, she'll be back for him and her Baby. It was one dissatisfying ending but it filled me soooo much in my bucket! Now where's Book 2? :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pratima Das

    This book is about a family who has a child after 10 years. Finally having a child was the best gift for them, they named her Annie. Everyone was happy because of her, she was the joy of the family, she was only five years old when she died, a senseless death.Everything was shattered from then onwards, her parents and her brother, Tommy didn't talk to each other for months. They used to get into constant fights, everything had for them since Annie left them. In another part of the story this girl This book is about a family who has a child after 10 years. Finally having a child was the best gift for them, they named her Annie. Everyone was happy because of her, she was the joy of the family, she was only five years old when she died, a senseless death.Everything was shattered from then onwards, her parents and her brother, Tommy didn't talk to each other for months. They used to get into constant fights, everything had for them since Annie left them. In another part of the story this girl called Maribeth a sixteen year old who belongs to a strict family,becomes pregnant by a high school senior who she met for the first time. Her family, especially her dad gets really mad at her, and tells her to leave the house at once and live in a convent until the baby is out, and she could come back, but without her child. She goes to live in the convent but hates it there so she runs away and gets a job as a waitress.There she meets Tommy and they become good friends and later Tommy starts liking her and finds out that she's pregnant. He still loved her and didn't mind having the baby, but Maribeth wanted to give the baby for adoption and continue her studies. They both go meet Tommy's family and tell her about Maribeth, she feels like they are the people she should give the baby to. She gives her baby to them, and promised them that she would come back after she has completed her studies.They found Annie back from Maribeth's child, which was the greatest GIFT ever!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aline

    The Gift is a message for us to look around in our life and love what we have. A family that was reaped apart after their daughter Annie died of meningitis at the age of five. Annie had give the family the meaning of love. After her lost the family spend the next year isolated from anybody grieving their lost. Until their son Tommy start a relationship with a girl which happened to be pregnant. Maribeth had got pregnant in her first time and with no luck the father rejected her and the baby. Mar The Gift is a message for us to look around in our life and love what we have. A family that was reaped apart after their daughter Annie died of meningitis at the age of five. Annie had give the family the meaning of love. After her lost the family spend the next year isolated from anybody grieving their lost. Until their son Tommy start a relationship with a girl which happened to be pregnant. Maribeth had got pregnant in her first time and with no luck the father rejected her and the baby. Maribeth's family was devastated, humiliated with the honor of their name. She was sent to a convent until the baby was born then she would give away. After running away, she met Tommy who become best friends. Their relationship grow each day stronger and deeper. But she was decided to give the baby away. Tommy's family was alive again with the presence of Maribeth. She decided to give away the baby to the family; she knew they would take care of the baby really well. Annie, Tommy, John, Liz, Maribeth

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I am on holidays from my studies and decided to read a DS novel. Great choice! It was a refreshing and endearing easy read. A 1950's setting which could easily translate to current day, I flew through this without a moment's hesitation. I found this hiding in a draw in the caravan after my summer holiday ~ I bit off more than I could chew with my reading list ~ it would have been perfect for that setting as well. I tend to read DS on holidays, for that simple and comforting reason of light, easy I am on holidays from my studies and decided to read a DS novel. Great choice! It was a refreshing and endearing easy read. A 1950's setting which could easily translate to current day, I flew through this without a moment's hesitation. I found this hiding in a draw in the caravan after my summer holiday ~ I bit off more than I could chew with my reading list ~ it would have been perfect for that setting as well. I tend to read DS on holidays, for that simple and comforting reason of light, easy and comfortable. Guess you could say it's one of my reading quirks!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

    It was a great story in my opinion on how this family overcomes misfortune that seem impossible to overcome. It shows how the love of a stranger is sometimes kinder than the love of a family member. What i like most of all was the fact that the story took place in 1950s where what the brave young girl did and acted was seen as shameful and now most young girls have done what she has and worst and now the way girl acted in the book seem to be how girls now a days are. As i was reading this book It was a great story in my opinion on how this family overcomes misfortune that seem impossible to overcome. It shows how the love of a stranger is sometimes kinder than the love of a family member. What i like most of all was the fact that the story took place in 1950s where what the brave young girl did and acted was seen as shameful and now most young girls have done what she has and worst and now the way girl acted in the book seem to be how girls now a days are. As i was reading this book to me the girls family seem to be hispanic just by the way they acted the father and the mother and older brother especially. Even thought it is about a middle class white family.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Theredheaded_Bibliomaniac

    This is my first contemporary read. It was good well written and good characters. No one was bad in the books. Everyone was good 😁. . I liked her thoughts that ppl come into our life for a reason and leave after the work is done. It's the thing which I too believe in. . I guess it was kind off informative book for living life. . It's not my genre but I like it. I can read such book once in a while. This is my first contemporary read. It was good well written and good characters. No one was bad in the books. Everyone was good 😁. . I liked her thoughts that ppl come into our life for a reason and leave after the work is done. It's the thing which I too believe in. . I guess it was kind off informative book for living life. . It's not my genre but I like it. I can read such book once in a while.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melissa I

    Wow! One of those books you read so long ago that you forgot about it! Discovered again/reminded about thanks to Goodreads. I marked it as read, however since it's been 'so' long, I'm not rating it. Just remember reading it and liking it back then......memory lane. Wow! One of those books you read so long ago that you forgot about it! Discovered again/reminded about thanks to Goodreads. I marked it as read, however since it's been 'so' long, I'm not rating it. Just remember reading it and liking it back then......memory lane.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    In 1950s USA, sixteen year-old Maribeth goes to a school dance (wearing what her father calls a flimsy prom dress and disgusting makeup) and lets a senior star athlete who normally wouldn't give her the time of day (and has just "broken up" with his girlfriend) flatter her into unprotected sex in the front seat his car on the way home. Maribeth ends up pregnant, the boy goes back to his girlfriend the next day and doesn't care what happens to Maribeth, Maribeth's brother realizes she's pregnant In 1950s USA, sixteen year-old Maribeth goes to a school dance (wearing what her father calls a flimsy prom dress and disgusting makeup) and lets a senior star athlete who normally wouldn't give her the time of day (and has just "broken up" with his girlfriend) flatter her into unprotected sex in the front seat his car on the way home. Maribeth ends up pregnant, the boy goes back to his girlfriend the next day and doesn't care what happens to Maribeth, Maribeth's brother realizes she's pregnant and immediately spills the beans to their tyrant of a father and meek mother, who promptly ship her off to have her baby in six months with the nuns at the local convent alongside the other teen moms. Maribeth is not to even think of communicating in anyway with her family until it's all over and the nuns have given the baby away. After being with the nuns for a little while, however, Maribeth decides to buy a bus ticket and strike out on her own to Chicago. However, when the bus stops for lunch at a diner, she notices they need a waitress and she gets hired on the spot after making up a story about how her husband has just died in Korea so it won't seem as indecorous as the truth when she really begins to show her pregnancy. While waiting tables, she meets a regular who happens to be a sixteen year-old boy with a bad home life and the two begin to open up to one another and fall in love. I wasn't planning on reading another Danielle Steel book, but a friend of mine who also usually doesn't care for the author either recommended The Gift and lent me her copy. I wanted to like Steel's foray into young adult, but I couldn't really get into it. However, I did finish it just to see if it would surprise me. Unfortunately, it didn't one bit. I had the ending pegged from the moment we begin to get to know Tommy and his family. Based on the first few chapters, the story really writes itself and you don't really expect it to turn out any other way. I also didn't really know what it was about to begin with because the jacket summary gives almost zero detail about what you're about to be getting into. On that note, I wish the story hadn't started with Tommy's family. I wish we got to meet him alongside Maribeth. As for the characters, everyone is flat and relatively one note with little personal growth, aside from Maribeth that is. Maribeth actually reminded me of Bella from Twilight with "flame colored hair", but she's a little more rational and has better self-control. Maribeth's father totally made me think of Mr. Connolly from the Doctor Who episode called "Idiot's Lantern", except, of course, that he isn't British. Maribeth's mother also reminded me of Mrs. Connolly from the same episode, except that she never stands up to her husband. So, when her husband decides to kick their own daughter out of the house, she goes right along with it regardless of whatever her personal opinions are on the matter. And, that just irritated me to no end - not to mention how Maribeth's treated by everyone else with the exception of Tommy's family. Tommy himself is a sweet kid with his heart in the right place, but he's a little clueless. Their friendship and budding romance was cute, but there were some things I just didn't need to know. Especially since I was picturing Bella and Wally Cleaver together while reading it. I can honestly say that I never expected to have that combination in my head. Finally, I was at least pleased to see that Tommy's parents were supportive all things considered. Going with the Wally image, I couldn't help but see them as June and Ward. Since the loss of their daughter and the slow unraveling of the family, they actually all came together to help Maribeth get what she needs. I just wish we got to see this from Maribeth's own family. Overall, Danielle Steel's The Gift wasn't for me. Even though I finished it, I felt exhausted from slogging through those 216 pages. It was simply far too predictable and populated by a majority of flat, boring characters. I was hoping to be impressed and a least a little surprised by the novel, but that it just wasn't the case for me. However, it did leave me with one question: Did the nuns even notice (or care) that Maribeth ran away from the convent and then up and disappeared?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    OK, I will admit it. Danielle Steele is a bit predicatble. By the second chapter I had guessed at the ending; but reading the story and getting there was great. This is a total tear jerker. I would love a follow up story to see what happens with Tommy and Maribeth in the future.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Viktoria Horvath

    It was really sad in the beginning because Annie died, and I was literally crying. I loved Tommy and Meribeth's love story, I also liked that Tommy wanted to marry her even though she was having some else's baby. But I didn't liked the fact that she didn't wanted to keep her own baby, I was quite angry with her when I was reading the book. But other than that I LOVED IT!!!!! It was really sad in the beginning because Annie died, and I was literally crying. I loved Tommy and Meribeth's love story, I also liked that Tommy wanted to marry her even though she was having some else's baby. But I didn't liked the fact that she didn't wanted to keep her own baby, I was quite angry with her when I was reading the book. But other than that I LOVED IT!!!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    David

    "This book was very good" he said, and he meant it. He loved that book very much and felt closer and closer to the book every day. He and the book had a very strong bond that would never be broken, forever, he knew that. He knew he loved it so much because it was so very good, and he was so very good, and he was wise beyond his years, but also young, but also wise, but maybe a bit naive, but definitely very much in love with this very good book. Everyone could see how very much in love he was, h "This book was very good" he said, and he meant it. He loved that book very much and felt closer and closer to the book every day. He and the book had a very strong bond that would never be broken, forever, he knew that. He knew he loved it so much because it was so very good, and he was so very good, and he was wise beyond his years, but also young, but also wise, but maybe a bit naive, but definitely very much in love with this very good book. Everyone could see how very much in love he was, how close he felt, what a bond they had, and if they didn't see it, if they didn't believe it, well the narrator would just keep repeating it again and again and again until they did Edit: forgot to mention something about the book being a very good gift for him. A very nice gift that was temporary but it was beautiful and taught him something and he was very wise beyond his years which is why he realized that.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jen Kayna (Habitat for Happiness)

    This was an easy read. The story was "cute" and heartwarming. The writing was very story driven; and by that I mean there was a lot of "she did this and he said that and they went here" but not as much descriptive details about the surroundings as many other books I read have. The story was enjoyable to read, and had some great lessons in it, but it wasn't one of those stories that I couldn't put down. I do wish there was a sequel, because I'm wondering if the main characters kept their promise This was an easy read. The story was "cute" and heartwarming. The writing was very story driven; and by that I mean there was a lot of "she did this and he said that and they went here" but not as much descriptive details about the surroundings as many other books I read have. The story was enjoyable to read, and had some great lessons in it, but it wasn't one of those stories that I couldn't put down. I do wish there was a sequel, because I'm wondering if the main characters kept their promise to each other or not.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dee Willi

    I chose to read this book based off a quote I stumbled upon in my search for inspiration about losing love ones. Unbeknownst to me, I entered the rainbows and sunshine realm of Danielle Steel's romance fiction, suffered immensely, and waited longingly for the salvation of the last page. This book was repetitive, boring and downright cliché. I chose to read this book based off a quote I stumbled upon in my search for inspiration about losing love ones. Unbeknownst to me, I entered the rainbows and sunshine realm of Danielle Steel's romance fiction, suffered immensely, and waited longingly for the salvation of the last page. This book was repetitive, boring and downright cliché.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rubina Gomes

    2.5 stars a sweet and heart touching story about love and people in our lives. it was a nice read :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emilia

    Even though I didn't like the writing and the atmosphere was soooo cheesy, I couldn't put it down until the very end and I cried like a baby reading the last chapter. I really would like to know how the story unfolded between the two kids in love. Even though I didn't like the writing and the atmosphere was soooo cheesy, I couldn't put it down until the very end and I cried like a baby reading the last chapter. I really would like to know how the story unfolded between the two kids in love.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lau.

    My first book by this author and coincidentally it was a gift by a friend.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    This book does not deserve one star. I CANNOT believe I read the whole thing. I’ve never read a book before that was so bad it made me never want to read again. For shame Danielle. For shame.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Prathima Deepak

    A random book from the library which turned out to be good for a one time read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Not a fan of Danielle Steel’s writing, and this book reminded me of that. This is a simple story, which makes most of it predictable. It took me almost two weeks to read just because it was boring and didn’t really hold my attention. I honestly read it because my mom gave it to me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aica

    I wasn’t ready for the dramatic assault. Until at this very moment, the story is still in my mind that it occupies its own particular space in my brain and especially in my heart. Those who still believe in unexpected gifts that give joy and agony to life should read this book. While reading this book, all I did is cry and cry and cry. Though I haven’t experience the characters problems, I can feel their pain and agony. My eyes were red when I’m finally done reading it. Bu t I am kinda disappoint I wasn’t ready for the dramatic assault. Until at this very moment, the story is still in my mind that it occupies its own particular space in my brain and especially in my heart. Those who still believe in unexpected gifts that give joy and agony to life should read this book. While reading this book, all I did is cry and cry and cry. Though I haven’t experience the characters problems, I can feel their pain and agony. My eyes were red when I’m finally done reading it. Bu t I am kinda disappointed with the ending. The little voice in my head was craving for MORE and when I turned the next page, I was disappointed that I just found an order slip of the author’s book. I agree with the moral of the novel that maybe some people just aren’t meant to be in our lives forever.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charmaine Saliba

    Wow, I simple loved it. A story of love, lost and hope. A face pace novel, that touched my heart. I am sure that this novel will stay with me. On Christmas day Annie a little girl of five felt ill and died. She was too precious for her parents and her brother, she brought them so much joy and love that when she left them, they were destroyed. They stopped talking to each other and retreat in to a place full of guilt, hurt and anger. One day when Tommy was in a dinner, he met Maribeth, he was imm Wow, I simple loved it. A story of love, lost and hope. A face pace novel, that touched my heart. I am sure that this novel will stay with me. On Christmas day Annie a little girl of five felt ill and died. She was too precious for her parents and her brother, she brought them so much joy and love that when she left them, they were destroyed. They stopped talking to each other and retreat in to a place full of guilt, hurt and anger. One day when Tommy was in a dinner, he met Maribeth, he was immediately drawn too her. After months not speak to no one he found himself open to her, while she served his order. As the summer goes by they found themselves sharing a bond that will last no matter what life hold for them.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rina Giorgio

    The book "The Gift", tells a beautiful story of a tragic loss of a child. The Whitaker family was truly blesses with another child Annie, but after she had died the family is in shreds and could never fully recover from what was taken from them. As they had lost one child they did have Tommy, who brought a girl home and she would change their lives forever. This book deserves five stars. It is truly heartwarming and really emphasizes the true gift of a child. Thought the book is sad it shows gr The book "The Gift", tells a beautiful story of a tragic loss of a child. The Whitaker family was truly blesses with another child Annie, but after she had died the family is in shreds and could never fully recover from what was taken from them. As they had lost one child they did have Tommy, who brought a girl home and she would change their lives forever. This book deserves five stars. It is truly heartwarming and really emphasizes the true gift of a child. Thought the book is sad it shows great meaning and truth to the emotions and lives after a family loses a child. The book turns around and shows a great and rejoice full ending full of peace and family.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Me

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a feel good romance novel starring 1950's teens as the main characters. I struggled with whether the plot seemed realistic or not. Things do seem to "iron out" just a little too well. More importantly, it does repeatedly convey a strong message: there is a reason that people enter and leave your life. Not everyone is meant to stay a part of your life forever. Some are only there to bring a gift, and in this case, it's an infant. It would be interesting to read a sequel to this book, set This is a feel good romance novel starring 1950's teens as the main characters. I struggled with whether the plot seemed realistic or not. Things do seem to "iron out" just a little too well. More importantly, it does repeatedly convey a strong message: there is a reason that people enter and leave your life. Not everyone is meant to stay a part of your life forever. Some are only there to bring a gift, and in this case, it's an infant. It would be interesting to read a sequel to this book, set in the 1970's (20 years later) to see how the teens fared as adults.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    I loved this book. Its like a romantic tale of two lovers that were brought together by chance. This book shows how one person can change your life. It shows how a family could be broken apart by the loss of one person and then repaired with the gift of another!! Great novel!!! One of my favorites by Danielle Steel. This book got me into her novels to begin with. If you have the chance read this book

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda B

    Even though this book is more than 20 years old and more than likely I read it prior, wow, what a great story about adoption from the mother's point of view. I can remember growing up here in the Midwest during the 1950/1960 era when unwed pregnant women were looked at differently than todays common place occurance. No matter what the era, life is precious and this gift changes people. Happy to re-read this book. Even though this book is more than 20 years old and more than likely I read it prior, wow, what a great story about adoption from the mother's point of view. I can remember growing up here in the Midwest during the 1950/1960 era when unwed pregnant women were looked at differently than todays common place occurance. No matter what the era, life is precious and this gift changes people. Happy to re-read this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rei

    Probably my favourite one of her's, next to "The Klone and I". As a favourite author of my mothers, I got to read a few of her books and I love her writing style. This for me was a quick read, but it's such a lovely story and I ended up rereading it so many times. Worth the read, at least once. (: Probably my favourite one of her's, next to "The Klone and I". As a favourite author of my mothers, I got to read a few of her books and I love her writing style. This for me was a quick read, but it's such a lovely story and I ended up rereading it so many times. Worth the read, at least once. (:

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