Author: Sheila M. Cronin
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Series: Gift Counselor #1
Release Date: July 20, 2014
Meet Jonquil Bloom who helps people choose good gifts, her ten-year-old son who wants a dog she won't let him have, and the man who enters and changes their lives one December.. A timeless mix of family drama, romance, spiritual and psychological insights ~ wrapped up in humor. Set in Southern California in the late 90's, this story will warm your heart all year long.
Reviewer: Jeanette Durkin
The title of this book really caught my attention, and I had to read it! It's an original and unique story about a woman who's a gift counselor. It's a brilliant idea! A trained psychologist who helps people find gifts for others using her strong deductive skills.
Jonquil fascinated me from the very beginning. She's a student working at a Children's Home with emotionally disturbed children. She truly loves her job and the children that she works with. Unfortunately, she loses that job and has to find a new one. She becomes a gift counselor. The great thing is that she continues to help people despite her circumstances. My favorite character is Rita! She is colorful and full of life! She's hard-working and a steadfast friend.
There are some difficult subjects brought to light. Jonquil's husband tragically dies, along with a family pet. This traumatized Jonquil, and as a result, she lies to her son Billy. Reconciliation does come, but painfully.
This book will definitely get you in the mood for Christmas and will help the reader ponder their gift-giving!
I was provided a copy of the book by the author through Interviews & Reviews. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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