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THE GIFT
by Richard Paul Evans

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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Evans, the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Christmas Box, has created another heartwarming holiday story that's rich with emotions and filled with enduring love. Emphasizing what is truly most important in life, this novel promises to remain with readers long after the last page is turned.

Nate Hurst, an in-house detective for a chain of retail stores, meets Addison Park and her son, Collin, when airline snafus leave them stranded in Denver. Collin suffers from leukemia and a heart condition, and when he touches Nate, Nate's severe cold and Tourette's syndrome miraculously disappear.

Addison confides to Nate that Collin has had an unusual healing power ever since his brush with death during heart surgery. But Collin's healing comes at a price. It weakens him and causes him to become ill. His unique ability becomes public knowledge when a newspaper publishes an article about him, and Addison relies on Nate to shelter them from the frenzy, even as she must face the fact that her son may not survive his illnesses. (SIMON & SCHUSTER, Oct., 192 pp., $19.95)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Published: October 2007

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