Title: The Gift
Author: Cecilia Ahern
Source: Bought new
Lou Suffern is a busy man, and his family's growing weary of constantly taking the backseat to his career. On a whim, he offers Gabe, a homeless man he meets outside his office, a low-level job, and the uncharacteristically kind gesture plays out in a very unexpected way when Lou learns that Gabe has the power to be in two places at once. As the holidays draw nearer, Gabe tries to make Lou realize the importance of his family, but slow-to-change Lou might not come around to Gabe's way of thinking until it's too late.
I was craving a Christmas book and this books delivered on this front completely. Lou is a successful business man who is very busy and does not have time for his family. His family is growing frustrated with Lou choosing his job over his family and leaves his wife alone with the kids. On a whim he decides to hire a homeless man sitting outside of his office building. Gabe gives Lou the gift of being able to be in two places at once. Lou takes advantage of Gabe's generosity but he might not learn his lesson in time.
Lou was a huge jerk. When he was split into two people he seemed to have two completely different personalities. There was Lou the businessman and then Lou the family man who wants to work on things with his family. I had a hard time accepting that the family man was under the jerk Lou. Gabe was very sweet and attentive. I wanted more back story on him to find out where he came from and why did he have this ability. I wish that Lou's wife would have given him a kick in the behind. She hid in the background and let him treat her like crap. I wanted her to grow a backbone so badly.
The story is split between the point of view of Lou's life and a police officer speaking to a teenager throwing a turkey through his father's front window. I loved the split story, it added so much to the story. The plot sounded a lot like The Time Traveller's Wife which is what caught my attention. I really enjoyed the story and thought it was well done. This book was very sweet and sad at the same time.