~~~My first giveaway was on Regina’s blog. I drew a name but the person hasn’t replied. If Georgia girl doesn’t reply by the end of the weekend, I’ll draw another name from the commenters on this July 1st post. This giveaway is a $5 Gift Certificate to Amazon OR a signed copy of A Christmas Gift!
~~~Please visit my spotlight No. 8 at Martha’s Blogoversary Extraveganza! Here is the link: http://marthasbookshelf.blogspot.com/2011/06/mbs-blogoversary-spotlight-8-diane.html
I’m giving away a signed print copy of A Christmas Gift. This giveaway will close at 10PM Central on July 15, 2011.
A few of the many reviews for A Christmas Gift:
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Heartfelt Christmas Story
By Colette (Sydney, NSW, AU)
I can highly recommend this beautifully written memoir of an unforgettable Christmas as seen through the eyes of seven year old Debby. Family life in the 1950’s was wonderfully captured and Debby was a delight. The story was quite poignant, but ultimately uplifting and very touching, and I cried more than a few tears. It is not a long book but I enjoyed it from start to finish. It reminded me of classic storytelling such as Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. A gift not just for Christmas.
5 stars A Wonderful Story to Share
By Shawna Williams
Sometimes when I read a book written in a child’s perspective I’m yanked out of the story because I can’t really buy into the voice. It’s like what a grownup thinks a child will sound like. Not so with this book. Diane Craver does an amazing job of pulling me back to 1957 and placing me inside a seven year old girl named Debra. I saw what she saw, reasoned the way she did, and felt her emotions — especially her love for her dad. There were moments in this book where I had to stop, just to give myself a moment to process the emotion Diane stirred in me. Without giving anything away, I’ll let you in on one particular moment: Debra’s mother tells her about her father’s reaction to a poem she wrote. You’ll know what I mean when you read it.
Words really can’t convey how precious this story is. I plan on giving it as a gift to several of my relatives.
5 stars A Heartwarming Read
By Miss Mae “I read what I write…” (USA)
I’d already read all the reviews about this book before I read it. Still, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but it immediately draws you into the Reeves family and the pain that Justin Reeves suffers because of his secret.
Ms. Craver is expert at writing through the eyes of a seven year old girl. We’re there with her as she helps her dad overcome his handicap, and we’re taken to years beyond when Debby herself becomes a grandmother.
This story is a moving read. It’s about faith and love, pure and simple. The love of a man for his family and the love of a little girl for her father. If you want a book that will touch you in an unforgettable way –and believe me, you won’t forget this story– then pick up this book. It’s not just for Christmas. It’s just one you need to read.
5 stars A Christmas Gift by Diane Craver
By Sidney W. Frost “Author of Inspirational Fiction” (Georgetown, TX USA)
This story is told by a seven-year old girl who’s faith is strong enough to comfort her whole family and positively affect many other people for years to come.
The book begins in 1957 when Debra Reeves discovers her father cannot read. He is trying to teach himself, because he is embarrassed to ask for help. Being seven, Debra decides the only solution is to pray for her father. God’s answer to Debra’s prayer solves more than one problem. Debra learns she is loved, the teacher sent to help is released from a life of grieving and Debra’s sister finds happiness.
I have to warn you I cried more than once while reading this rather short book. Of course I laughed some too. All good books affect me this way.
A prologue sets the scene and adds a depth of reality that might not be possible without it. The epilogue lets the reader know what happens to all the characters for the next fifty-three years. It was a real delight to read that part. At first I wondered how the author was able to stop where she did with all that backstory available, but it worked perfectly the way it was written.
Despite the title, this is not one of those stories that only makes sense during the Christmas season. This is one you’ll enjoy all year long.