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208 pages
Aug 2004

The Gift of Christmas Present

by Melody Carlson

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This delightful book by veteran author, Melody Carlson, is the story about a college age student, Christine Bradley, who finds herself alone at the Christmas season. Her adoptive mother is dead and her adoptive father is on a missions trip to South America. Rather than spend the holidays alone, Christine, decides to introduce herself to her real birth mother's family living right in the same city.

In her quest for her blood relatives, Christine doesnít realize that not only does her grandmother not know she exists, she doesnít know that her own estranged daughter, Christineís real mother, was killed in an accident several years before. To make matters more interesting, upon arriving at her grandmotherís house, Christine is mistaken as applying for a housekeeping position. Though she tries to explain her visit to her grandmother, she is not given the opportunity. So she decides to go along with her grandmotherís misconceptions, just until the perfect time to reveal her true identity.

This author has an easy commentary writing style that both captures your interest and emotions. The downside of this fiction work is the predictability of the plot, but then a story that ends the way it should is a welcome friend in todayís culture.

The Gift of Christmas Present speaks to all womenís hearts, and is an excellent holiday gift as well as a choice book for curling up and enjoying this winter. -- Becky Swymeler, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Christine knocked on the door ready to introduce herself to her long-lost grandmother.

Esther answered the knock ready to interview a housekeeper.

Neither found quite what she'd expected.

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 two mothers, Christine determines to find what's left of her biological family.

As Christmas nears and Christine draws closer to the truth about her heritage, she finds an unexpected gift in the family she never knew she had.