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Summary

Beloved award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Mary Monroe delivers a hopeful and heartwarming story about an impossible Christmas dream, an unexpected act of goodwill - and a surprising chain of events that could gift joy far beyond the holiday season....

Free-spirited, living on the fly, Vanessa Hayes is still always down for traditional family holiday fun - until now. She’s making her oft-delayed wish finally come true: Christmas in Paris, the glittering City of Lights. But when her passport gets delayed, it’s too late for Vanessa to rebook. Now it looks like the Yuletide she longs for won’t happen. Until a stranger suddenly enters her life, and changes it forever....

Overwhelmed by responsibility, Judith Guthrie is too busy worrying about her seriously ill brother to have time to celebrate. She’s taken a leave from her teaching job to care for him as he’s on the waiting list for a life-giving transplant. A trip to France is a kind of happiness she can’t imagine. But when she accidentally receives Vanessa’s passport, Judith can’t resist delivering it in person so Vanessa will at least have her holiday dream. She can’t anticipate that her small gesture will result in a series of big choices, big miracles, and lifelong rewards that all will be thankful for over many Christmases to come....

©2021 Mary Monroe (P)2021 Recorded Books

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  • Trish Phillips
  • 27-12-21

The Gift of Life ♻️💙💚

I review this book with a joy filled heart, and wish I can give it more than the 5 🌟 that's allowed. This particular one hit home with me being a Living Kidney Donor since 2016. It's very heart felt, detailed, and didn't leave me with a dry eye at all. I loved how it tied two different Organ Transplant surgeries into the storyline. I totally recommend this one to everyone, especially those impacted by the Organ Donation World. If you believe in Miracles, this is a book for you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-21

Life Choices from the heart!

Let go and let God His will and not our will. Amen! Amazing Story that can happen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-11-21

Inspirational

I loved it from the beginning to the end. It was uplifting and hopeful for finding real love!!!

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  • Michele B. Lacher
  • 19-11-21

Tedious and uninteresting

I rarely return a book, but after three chapters I was so irritated by this one that I needed to get that Audible credit back! I thought this would be a fun listen. It is so boring, with an unlikeable main character. And it reads like it was written by a 20 year old in 1955. The lead character is happy with her entry-level job and doesn't mind picking up her boss's dry cleaning because he will give her a nice gift. Her parents, in their 60s (!), live in a retirement home where they don't want to miss their shuffleboard game. Really?

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  • Unglaza
  • 10-10-21

A gift of love

This story was more about fate and organ donation.It all started with a person returning the wrong mail to its owner.It all went up hill after that.This book was not as exciting as Mary Monroe books.It was slightly boring and the narrator had a drag in her voice and monotonous. The story line was a good but did nothing for me.Please don't go into the book thinking that you will be laughing and exciting as her books are.Proceed with caution.

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  • BB
  • 05-10-21

Good read

Nice romantic book with clean lines and characters. The story seem relatable and real. Good