The Most Perfect Gift
|January 21, 2019||Posted by admin under Christmas, Fiction|
Written by Hubert Furey
Published by Flanker Press
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
Publication date: October 2018
Reviewed posted on: January 21, 2019
The Most Perfect Gift is about Christmas and the gift of giving. Furey shares stories about people who have found great comfort or redemption through the simple act of giving to others. There are four short stories inside this book and each one is equally special and equally powerful.
The first story is about an elderly man who once owned a jewellery story. Since he is advancing in years, he has turned his business over to his two nephews. But he still enjoys helping out during the busy holiday season. On one of these busy days, his lifelong prayer is answered when he spots a face from the past and finally has the opportunity to say thank you.
Another short story centres around impatient customers in a grocery line and a distraught lady who doesn’t seem to have enough money to pay for her Christmas groceries. While the majority of people huff and puff at the women for holding up the line, one person surreptitiously saves the day – unknowing to almost everyone around him.
The next story is about a woman who is pondering what to get her husband for Christmas when she discovers a shocking secret. She understandably falls apart before she is able to pick herself up and do the most selfless thing she has ever done for her family.
The final story is about a man with a violent criminal history. When he is released from prison just before Christmas, he goes back to the town he grew up in where he is met with both kindness and contempt. And though his past tries to out-power him many times over, choosing the road to redemption is more rewarding than ever imagined.
If you could only read one book this year, may I recommend The Most Perfect Gift. This book is so well written. I just loved every page. Each story has so much life and such an important message. The characters are heartwarming and the stories resonate long after the last page is read. THIS is what great Hallmark movies are made from. And even though the stories occur around Christmas time, the book can be read anytime during the year. The gift of giving should be something we strive to do year-round and the feelings generated from simple (and sometimes not-so-simple) acts of kindness are just priceless. Well done, Mr. Furey.
For more information about this book, visit the publisher’s website here.