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All I Have to Give: A Christmas Love Story [Hardcover]

By Melody Carlson (Author)
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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2008
Publisher   Revell
ISBN  0800718828  
EAN  9780800718824  


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What would you do to make Christmas special?

Anna wants this to be the best Christmas ever, and she's willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish that. But what happens when everything and everyone around her seems to be falling apart? Is this destined to be the worst Christmas ever?

Fortunately for her, as often happens at this time of year, there are miracles in store. Just when Anna's happy holidays look hopeless, the magic of Christmas works its way into her life. And what she unwraps for Christmas will surprise everyone.

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More About Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over one hundred books for adults, children, and teens, including Finding Alice, Crystal Lies, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. The mother of two grown sons, Carlson lives in a cabin in the woods near the Cascade Mountains in central Oregon with her husband and a chocolate lab retriever. She is a full-time writer and an avid gardener, biker, skier, and hiker."

Melody Carlson currently resides in the state of Oregon.

Melody Carlson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 86 Bloomberg Place
  2. Carter House Girls
  3. Dating Games
  4. Dear Daphne Novels
  5. Diary of a Teenage Girl: Caitlin
  6. Diary of a Teenage Girl: Chloe
  7. Diary of a Teenage Girl: Kim
  8. Diary of a Teenage Girl: Maya
  9. Faithgirlz / Girls of Harbor View
  10. Faithgirlz! Girls of 622 Harbor View
  11. Follow Your Heart
  12. Four Lindas
  13. Inn at Shining Waters
  14. Life at Kingston High
  15. LifeChange
  16. Notes from a Spinning Planet
  17. On the Runway
  18. Secret Life of Samantha McGregor
  19. Storytellers' Collection
  20. Tales from Grace Chapel Inn (Paperback)
  21. TrueColors
  22. Words from the Rock


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--  Apr 18, 2009
Anna and Michael have everything they want in life except for one thing: a child. Now approaching her forties, and after trying almost every option, it looks as if that door is closing for good. Just when Anna is ready to accept her fate, she fears that she has the same symptoms of an illness that claimed her mother. Worried that this is the last Christmas she will ever spend with her husband, she tries to do everything in her power to give him the best possible Christmas. She sacrifices what she cherishes the most to make him happy.

This is a sweet modern retelling of the classic story The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. It makes one wonder--if you knew this was going to be your last Christmas, what would you do to make it one to remember for your loved ones? I really liked the way that Anna wanted to do everything to make her husband happy even to the point of giving up what she loved the most. It's refreshing to see a Christmas story where the focus is on others and not on one's own self. I also appreciated her outburst during the mom's group as people need to be aware that couples without children are not always childless by choice.

The only negative thing about this book was the way that Anna acted when she first thought she had cancer. If someone has had a history of cancer in their family and they start to believe they have the same symptoms, now is not the time to be a protector from bad news. She should have told her husband immediately and gone to see a doctor. Even if funds were short, this was not something to push back. Furthermore, keeping such an important secret like this from her husband would also hurt their relationship in the future. Other than that, it is a great way to spend an afternoon to get yourself ready for the holidays.

This is a wonderful addition to the Christmas short stories that Melody Carlson has written throughout the years. It's a story that takes only a day to read yet the spirit of the Christmas season will remain with you throughout the entire year.

 
All I Have to Give by Melody Carlson  Dec 9, 2008
This was a beautiful inspirational heartwarming story. Michael and Anna are a lovely couple who are truly in love. I think that the author handles the subject of infertility in a compassionate and understanding manner. My only complaint is that I wish Anna had been a stronger heroine. I was disappointed when she thought she had cancer, but wouldn't do anything about it or talk to anyone about it. Also, I was disappointed when she didn't approach Michael about some doubts that she was having. Despite the fact that she is not a strong heroine, this is still a very good story and a quick read.
 
What Christmas is really about  Nov 19, 2008
Anna and Michael have everything they want in life except for one thing: a child. Now approaching her forties, and after trying almost every option, it looks as if that door appears to be closing for good. Just when Anna is ready to accept her fate, she fears that she has the same symptoms of an illness that claimed her mother. Worried that this is the last Christmas she will ever spend with her husband, she tries to do everything in her power to give him the best possible Christmas. She sacrifices what she cherishes the most to make him happy.

This is a sweet modern retelling of the classic story The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. It makes one wonder if you knew this was going to be your last Christmas what would you do to make it one to remember for your loved ones. I really liked the way that Anna wanted to do everything to make her husband happy even to the point of giving up what she loved the most. It's refreshing to see a Christmas story where the focus is on others and not on one's own self. I also appreciated her outburst during the mom's group as people need to be aware that couples without children are not always childless by choice. The only negative thing about this book was the way that Anna acted when she first thought she had cancer. If someone has had a history of cancer in their family and they start to believe they have the same symptoms, now is not the time to be a protector from bad news. She should have told her husband immediately and gone to see a doctor. Even if funds were short, this was not something to push back. Further more by keeping such an important secret like this from her husband would also hurt their relationship in the future. Other than that, it is a great way to spend an afternoon to get yourself ready for the holidays. This is a wonderful addition to the Christmas short stories that Melody Carlson has written throughout the years. It's a story that takes only a day to read yet the spirit of the Christmas season will remain with you throughout the entire year.
 
uplifting inspiring holiday drama  Oct 11, 2008
Anna and Michael love one another and believe their lives are almost perfect except for two major things. First Anna has had recent health issues that have shaken the couple with the mortality reminder of how short life is; each of the loving pair is more concerned over how her illness mentally harms the other. Second the pair is saddened over their seemingly inability to have children; a desire both want.

In their late thirties and having tried seemingly forever, they have given up on kids. Being pragmatic Anna considers changing their once planned nursery into a guest room. Meanwhile Anna and Michael consider what would be the ideal Christmas gift to give to their beloved mate to cheer them up.

ALL I HAVE TO GIVE in some ways will remind the audience of the Gift of the Magi as an uplifting inspiring holiday drama. The support cast like Anna's sister enhances the plot by bringing enlightenment to the audience re how much the lead couple love one another. Anna and Michael are a wonderful duet who's caring for one another makes for a delightful warm Christmas tale of love.

Harriet Klausner
 

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