Christmas, PresentBook - 2003
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean comes this heartwarming Christmas story of a family who comes together during the holiday season as they learn a powerful lesson about love and to live each year of their lives as if it were their last.
A fourteenth wedding anniversary is nothing to sneeze at, Elliott Banner knows, but it's not exactly a landmark year--like fifteen, or twenty, when he plans to take his wife, Laura, to Paris. But when a headache on the drive home from their anniversary date--two days before Christmas--turns out to be more than a migraine, he wishes he had celebrated every year as though it were their last.
In this poignant, touching, uplifting story, a woman calmly gathers her family around her during the Christmas holiday to celebrate their lives together--both past and future--and to truly count their blessings.
A family history unfolds in a single night in this deeply affecting story that speaks volumes about love, trust, and letting go--a perfect holiday read that underscores the true meaning of the season.
"Mitchard's gift is her ability to present her characters in a compassionate light, even when revealing them at their weakest moments."--Us Weekly
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On the night that Elliott Banner and his wife, Laura celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary they discover that Laura has a brain hemorrhage and has 24 hours to live, which takes them to Christmas Eve. Laura and her family gather to spend her last hours together, sharing love and surprises.
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