Tuesday, November 10, 2009

THE GIFT: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

A BINGLE BELLS BOOK CHOICE
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GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE GIFT

A NOVEL
BY CECELIA AHERN

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Gift is a magical, fable-like Christmas story from Cecelia Ahern, the celebrated New York Times bestselling author of P.S. I Love You and Thanks for the Memories. The story of Lou Suffern, a successful executive frustrated by the fact that he spends more time in the office than with his doting wife and two young children, The Gift is “a tantalizing tale wrapped in a tale. . . . [the] perfect treat for the holidays.” (Sara Gruen)

New York Times bestselling author Cecelia Ahern spins a witty, warm, and wise modern-day fable of love, regret, hope, and second chances.

Extremely successful executive, Lou Suffern is always overstretched, immune to the holiday spirit that delights everyone around him. The classic workaholic who never has a moment to spare, he is always multitasking while shortchanging his devoted wife and their adorable children. And ever since he started competing for a big promotion, he has barely seen his family at all.

One frigid morning in an uncharacteristic burst of generosity, he buys a cup of coffee for Gabe, a homeless man huddled outside his office building. Inspired by his own unexpected act of kindness, Lou decides to prolong his charitable streak and contrives to get Gabe a job in his company's mail room. But when Gabe begins to meddle in Lou's life, the helping hand appears to be a serious mistake. Gabe seems to know more about Lou than Lou does about himself, and, perhaps more disturbingly, Gabe always seems to be in two places at once.

With Lou's personal and professional fates at important crossroads and Christmas looming, Gabe resorts to some unorthodox methods to show his stubborn patron what truly matters and how precious the gift of time is. But can he help him fix what's broken before it's too late?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Before she embarked on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a degree in journalism and media communications. At 21, she wrote her first novel, P.S. I Love You, which became an international bestseller and was adapted into a major motion picture, starring Hilary Swank. Her successive novels—Love, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; and There's No Place Like Here—were also international bestsellers. Her books are published in 46 countries and have collectively sold more than 10 million copies. She is also the cocreator of the hit ABC comedy series Samantha Who?, starring Christina Applegate. The daughter of Ireland's former prime minister, Ahern lives in Dublin, Ireland.

MY REVIEW:

Cecilia Ahern has certainly given her book the right title, THE GIFT. This book is truly a gift especially at this time of the year. When all of us double and triple our already full workload, we wind up asking ourselves why? So most of us will relate somewhat with the main character, Lou.

Lou is the king of multi-taskers except that he often needs to single task and pay more attention to other things in his life like his wife and family. He is so busy doing so many things at once, is life it on a treadmill. When Lou gets a chance for a promotion at work, he winds up doing even more. Even when he is home with his family, his mind is not there with them but on what else he needs to be doing.

On a winter morning that all changes. Lou finds a homeless man outside his office building and almost passes him up and then decides that maybe this is someone he can help. He introduces himself to the man whose name is Gabe and before you know it, he helps Gabe get a job in his company. Lou figures if he does that, Gabe will be able to take better care of himself and in turn that makes Lou feel great. Gabe gets a job in the mail room however, he also starts to get in Lou's way. It seems like every time Lou turns around, Gabe is there. Before you know it, Lou begins to resent it and feel his personal space is being invaded. It also makes Lou suspicious at how Gabe always seems to know where Lou will be and shows up there.

Christmas isn't far away and Lou realizes slowly how valuable time really is. He learns how important certain things in life really are but he also learns a very hard lesson as well. What happens and what part does Gabe play in this? What secrets will be revealed? The story shows how just like a gift can hide something under layers of usually good looking paper and bows, so can people be a different thing once you unwrap them and discover their true secrets...and what is really important in life.

GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO KYLE AND HIS SUPPORT
FROM HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHING,
I HAVE THREE COPIES OF THIS
HOLIDAY BOOK TO GIVE AWAY.

RULES

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--No P.O. Boxes, Please
--Email address must be in your comment
--ALL comments must be separate to count
or they will count as one instead of possibly two.

HOW TO ENTER:


+1 ENTRY: Go to Cecilia's Website HERE and read about her. Comment on one thing you found interesting from that site about this author.

+1 MORE ENTRY: Blog or Tweet about this giveaway and leave link in your comment!

+1 MORE ENTRY: Follow on Google Connect (see left hand sidebar) or tell me how you do follow

+1 MORE ENTRY: Read my review above and comment on whether you think I gave too much away....it is OK, you won't hurt my feelings and it won't hurt your chances to win!

ALL ENTRIES DUE BY

6 PM, EST, DECEMBER 2

GOOD LUCK!

133 comments:

thetruebookaddict said...

I did not know that Cecelia was a co-creator of Samantha Who? ! I loved that show and I'm so sorry that it was cancelled.

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thetruebookaddict said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/truebookaddict/status/5596229163

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thetruebookaddict said...

I am a loyal follower via Google Friend Connect!

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thetruebookaddict said...

I don't think you gave too much away! I like that the homeless man's name is Gabe (my son's name!). I have a sneaking suspicion that he may be a certain angel that we all have heard of!

Thanks for another great giveaway, Karen!

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Virginia C said...

Cecelia's seventh novel, THE BOOK OF TOMORROW is currently out in the UK and Ireland now.

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Virginia C said...

I am a Google Friend Connect Follower.

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Virginia C said...

You wrote an excellent review, explaining just enough to peak our interest!

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drey said...

I don't think you gave away too much at all!

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drey said...

I'm a follower (of course!)

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drey said...

I still can't believe that she wrote P.S. I Love You at 21! Loved the movie, too... Should've come with a box of tissues required warning...

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Bethie said...

Cecilia is a the co-creator of Samantha Who? starring Christina Applegate.

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Bethie said...

I follow on Google Friend Connect.

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bermudaonion said...

I learned that Cecelia is the co-creator of Samantha Who.
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bermudaonion said...

I subscribe in Google Reader.

bermudaonion said...

You didn't give too much away - I want to know what secrets were revealed.

Margie said...

She wrote her first novel, PS I Love You, at age twenty-one. It became a major motion picture. Very impressive at that young age.

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Margie said...

I follow by email; and the site is on my Favorites list.

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Margie said...

You did give away a lot of information, but just enough to make us want to read the book and find out what really happens!

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Jasmyn said...

Cecilia was the youngest recipient of a Nielsen Book Platinum Award....that's impressive.

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Jasmyn said...

I blogged about your giveaway (I stole...I mean borrowed.... your image of the book).

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Jasmyn said...

I follow through my blogger.

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Diane said...

excellent; thank you

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MJ said...

She wrote her first novel, PS I Love You, at age twenty-one.

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MJ said...

I follow on Google Freind

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MJ said...

Nah, u didn't give too much away.

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mindy said...

no i think you gave enough away to make me want to read it minsthins at optonline dot net

holdenj said...

I'm surprised she was schooled as a journalist, Ahern's stories are just magical, not factual! I also had no idea she helped create Samantha Who? What a creative woman.
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holdenj said...

I follow via google friend connect.
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holdenj said...

No, I don't think you gave too much away in your review. It was just enough to whet my appetite for a wonderful sounding Christmas tale! Thanks for the giveaway!
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heatherzilla said...

I am shocked that she wrote PS I Love You when she was only 21. Wow! I love the movie, I didn't realize that it was based on a book. I see that she has several other books that have been optioned for movies or tv.

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heatherzilla said...

I liked your review, and I do not think you gave too much away.

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heatherzilla said...

I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/heatherzilla8/statuses/5603014142

Mitz said...

I think it's pretty cool that she co-created Sam Who. I used to watch that show and love Chritina Applegate.

I enjoyed your review and think you gave just enough away to make me want it.

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heatherzilla said...

I am follower (blogger/subscribe in google reader).

Kelly said...

I didn't know she was so young! I've read a couple of her books and just adore them. I expected her to be much older!

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lag123 said...

Cecelia was THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF A NIELSEN BOOK PLATINUM AWARD FOR HER BOOK: PS: I LOVE YOU

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lag123 said...

I follow via google friends connect and google reader.

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lag123 said...

No, I don't think you gave too much away in your review. It was enough to intrigue us.

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Anonymous said...

CECELIA AHERN IS THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF A NIELSEN BOOK PLATINUM AWARD FOR HER BOOK, PS: I LOVE YOU.

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Anonymous said...

I follow on Google Connect.

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Anonymous said...

Based on your review, I'm eager to read the book. I don't think you gave too much away. Thanks for the review.

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DarcyO said...

Wow, Cecelia's seventh novel is out. This girl is uber talented!

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DarcyO said...

I follow with Google Friend Connect.

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DarcyO said...

tweeted:

http://twitter.com/darcy1956/status/5605653326

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DarcyO said...

I thought your review was great and didn't give too much away.

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scottsgal said...

she was voted Author of Year in the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in 2008

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scottsgal said...

Follower via google reader

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scottsgal said...

I don't think you gave away too much - I enjoyed reading about the book

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Mary said...

I'm a big fan of her books and in fact, I just picked up Thanks for the Memories today. I find her site very interesting and love that she created Samantha Who.

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CelticLady said...

I knew that Cecelia Aherns father was prime minister of Ireland but I did not know she cowrote Samantha Who??

I follow on your blog plus on Google Reader , I twittered contesthttp://twitter.com/Celticlady1953/status/5608149159

also posted contest on my sidebar on my blog.

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Linda K said...

Her book PS,I Love You was made into a movie.

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Linda K said...

GFC follower

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Martha Lawson said...

+1 Cecelia was nominated for Best Newcomer 2004/5 at the British Book Awards for her debut novel PS, I Love You.

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Martha Lawson said...

+1 I am a follower.

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Martha Lawson said...

+1 I think your review was just great - really made me wnat to read this book

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lynnie said...

I am so impressed with all Cecelia's sucess in writing she has given all her royalities of quite a few short stories to chairity, bravo!


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kakihara said...

I learned that the book of tomorrow is already out in the UK--hey not fair! I love P.S.I Love You!!!
thanks for the chance to win!
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Heather said...

I learned Cecelia's the co-creater, (along with Donald Todd), and producer of the ABC television show, Samantha Who?

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Heather said...

Tweet!
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Heather said...

Blog follower!

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Heather said...

No I don't think you gave away too much information, I always enjoy your reviews!

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Debbie said...

That is so cool that she is the co-creator of Samantha Who.
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Debbie said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/suburbsanity
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Debbie said...

I follow on google connect.
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Debbie said...

And I always like your reviews. You definitely didn't give too much away.
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brizmus said...

Ooh! I saw this book last Cristmas and wanted to read it. I don't know why I didn't.
Cecilia is the youngest winner of the Nielsen Book Platinum Award.
I don't know what that award is, but cool!

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brizmus said...

Contest in my sidebar under The Contest List
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brizmus said...

I follow you with Google Friend Connect!
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brizmus said...

I was afraid to read the review in case you did give too much away. In the end, it's a great review, and while it was a little bit more than *I* would want to know, I think the average review reader would not think so.
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Sue said...

"At twenty-one, she wrote her first novel PS, I Love You, which was sold to over forty countries." How amazing! I just read it this summer and I'm amazed at such great talent at such a young age.
Thanks for sharing.

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CherylS22 said...

I learned that her first novel "PS, I Love You" was sold to over forty countries & made into a major motion picture - and she was only 21!

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CherylS22 said...

I follow on GFC
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CherylS22 said...

I don't think you gave too much away - I liked your review! You told me just enough to increase my interest in reading this book.
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Gwendolyn B. said...

I had no idea she was so prolific! And multi-talented. Short stories, novels, movies, AND Samantha Who?!! I have a copy of THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES in my TBR pile. I think I'll move it up in the stack while I wait to see if I've won THE GIFT. Thanks for a chance to win.

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Gwendolyn B. said...

I'm a Follower!

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Gwendolyn B. said...

I don't think you gave too much away -- but I won't know for sure unless I get to read the book!

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Karen in TN said...

She's one of the creators of Samantha Who.

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Karen in TN said...

No, I don't think you gave too much away.

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etirv said...

Cecelia was nominated for Best Newcomer 2004/5 at the British Book Awards for her debut novel PS, I Love You.

I miss Samantha Who, so nice to know Cecilia was co-creator.

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etirv said...

Google friend follower!

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etirv said...

You didn't give too much away in your review! Even if you did, I like spoilers!

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LoveMyCoffee said...

Cecelia writes short stories for different anthologies and donates any proceeds to charity.

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LoveMyCoffee said...

I follow by GFC

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LoveMyCoffee said...

I don't think you gave too much away in the review.
I agree with another poster, perhaps Gabe is heaven sent.

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Deedles said...

I found out that Cecelia was a co-creator of Samantha Who? Didn't know that.
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cstironkat said...

I learned that her first book PS, I Love You was one of the biggest-selling debut novels of 2004.

Mama Hill said...

I think it's neat that she produce Samantha Who?! Amazing that she finds the time to write! Busy, busy!

Mama Hill said...

No, I don't think you gave too much away. I think you gave just enough to make me want to read it!

Mama Hill said...

Tweeted!
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Mama Hill said...

I follow you on blogger...mama hill

Miranda said...

Cecilia is a the co-creator of Samantha Who

Gwendolyn B. said...

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Gwendolyn B. said...

Blogged about this giveaway here: http://aseaofbooks.blogspot.com/2009/11/giveaways.html

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Ashley said...

I adore Cecelia Ahern and would love to win this! I love her books and loved her even more as co creator of Samantha Who

Ashley said...

I am a follower

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Ashley said...

I don't think you gave away too much, if anything you made me want to read more

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Beth (BBRB) said...

I learned that she wrote the novel the movie P.S. I Love You was based on! Who knew? How cool! And that the book hit over 1 million!

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Beth (BBRB) said...

I'm a Google Friend Connect follower.

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Framed said...

Entry No 1 - She is a very accomplished woman, novelist, short story writer, TV show creator, Woman of the Year. I'm impressed.

Entry No 2 - I thought your review was a good teaser. I still want to read the book.

Framed said...

Sorry I forgot my email address:

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Debbie F said...

Samantha Who was also one of my favorite shows and it's cool that Cecelia was a co-creator.

Wow! Maybe she can do it again!
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Debbie F said...

I think your review was just right. Not too much and not too little. Great job!

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thanks

Debbie F said...

I'm a follower!

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Kim said...

LEARNED: Cecelia is the co-creater, along with Donald Todd, and producer of the ABC half-hour comedy television show, Samantha Who?

Kim said...

google follower

~ Noelle said...

I learned that she has also written a play!
wow! She seems to do it all!

holdenj said...

+1 Free Play Bear Bonus

Max, Agie, All Oops, Barney, Ursala

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Sandy Jay said...

I follow with Google Reader.

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Sandy Jay said...

Good review. It was just enough to make me want to read the book. Thanks

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Renee G said...

I was surprised to hear that OVER A MILLION READERS LOVE CECELIA! That is a lot of book sales.
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cheryl c said...

I was surprised to find out that she created Samantha Who. I miss that show!

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Google follower

My Songs said...

I didn't know she co-created 'Samantha Who?'.. That was def an interesting fact!

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My Songs said...

No, I don't think you gave to much away in your review of the book.

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My Songs said...

I follow on Twitter!!


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Amy said...

I had no idea that Cecelia Ahern helped create the sitcom "Samantha Who?" and I also found it interesting and wonderful that she donated her royalties for the short stories she contributed to several anthologies to charity. I really appreciated finding out about this author!

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My Songs said...

I follow with RSS feeds.

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Amy said...

I blogged this giveaway:

Giveaways

Thank you!

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Amy said...

I follow on Google Friend Connect and Google reader!

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My Songs said...

xo_MissV_xo Contest for Cecilia Ahern's Holiday Novel -- http://bookinwithbingo.blog...
less than 20 seconds ago from web


- That's me!! I tweeted about it, My page is protected though, so only my few hundred friends can see it..

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Amy said...

Personally I don't think your review revealed to much. It sets the stage for the major part of the story and I am very intrigued now. This is more than a story about a man with means helping another man who's down on his luck!

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rubynreba said...

It is amazing that she wrote PS I Love You at 21.
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rubynreba said...

I am a follower on Google Friend.
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rubynreba said...

In my opinion you did not give too much away.
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ossmcalc said...

I discovered that in October 2008, Cecelia's first play, Mrs Whippy - a one woman show - opened starring Marion O'Dwyre, and is currently touring Ireland with Mary McEvoy and Wendy Peters. She is truly a multi-talented young woman.

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

I tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/6186776965

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

I follow on Google Connect.

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

Actually I do not think that you gave too much away. I still have plenty of curiosity about what happens to make me want to read this book.

thank you,

Christine
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The Girl from the Ghetto said...

Bingo, you didn't give too much away.

First of all, I loved the movie P.S. I Love You, and had no idea it was a book. Now I want "The Gift" and "P.S. I Love You."

I just went to the authors website and found out how young she was (21) when she wrote her first book. Inspiring!


Thanks for having so many fun contests, especially with such great book giveaways. You make this unemployed woman very happy!

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Nancye said...

I found out from the website that "her second book "Where Rainbows End reached no.1 in Ireland and the UK, remaining at the top of the Irish bestsellers list for 12 weeks and again a bestseller internationally" Cool!

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Nancye said...

I don't think you gave away too much in your review! It just made me want to read it more!!


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