All I Have to Give (2020)

All I Have to Give Melody Carlson All I Have to Give Anna and Michael have been trying for years without success to have a baby Now in her late thirties Anna has given up on the hope of motherhood after heartbreaking miscarriages and shattered dreams A
  • Title: All I Have to Give
  • Author: Melody Carlson
  • ISBN: 9780800718824
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Hardcover
All I Have to Give Melody Carlson Anna and Michael have been trying for years without success to have a baby Now in her late thirties, Anna has given up on the hope of motherhood after heartbreaking miscarriages and shattered dreams As Christmas nears, she has to consider the possibility that it might be time to empty out the nursery and convert it to a guest room Amidst her heartache, Anna secretly strAnna and Michael have been trying for years without success to have a baby Now in her late thirties, Anna has given up on the hope of motherhood after heartbreaking miscarriages and shattered dreams As Christmas nears, she has to consider the possibility that it might be time to empty out the nursery and convert it to a guest room Amidst her heartache, Anna secretly struggles with strange health problems that have her very worried But, as often happens at Christmastime, there are miracles in store for Anna and Michael As each tries to give the other the perfect Christmas gift the magic of Christmas is working its way into their lives And what each of them unwraps for Christmas will surprise everyone.
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  1. Angela

    While I expect these cozy Christmas romance stories to be somewhat predictable this was almost annoying so It was glaringly obvious from the start what was going on Also there is a side story with the main character s sister that not only doesn t fit in the context of the story but isn t resolved The story is modeled on The Gift of the Magi short story by O Henry which I never liked for it s bittersweet no one wins ending If you dislike similar tales, avoid this one.

  2. Eustacia Tan

    This is a little strange, but for once, I wasn t very impressed with a Melody Carlson book To me, this book felt way too rushed, as though it was written in a hurry with little thought for characters.All I Have to Give is a re telling of the short story The Gift of the Magi But in this case, Anna is prompted to make a sacrifice for her gift and generally make it the best Christmas ever by a cancer scare There was a legitimate reason, but I thought that if she was afraid, the first thing she shou [...]

  3. Mandy J. Hoffman

    MY REVIEW Every so often I enjoy a good sentimental story and while this had that element, and also the sweet Gift of the Magi twist to it, I finished it feeling frustrated by the lack of depth and the abrupt ending Some of the main themes in this story were left hanging with out a conclusion And while I liked the main character and the general storyline, she and others were allowed to get away with behavior that was un biblical with out consequences It is a short book filled with emotional tug [...]

  4. Emily

    Meh I ve liked Melody Carlson s other books, but this one was just so depressing most of the way through, not to mention super predictable I saw the gift of the magi theme coming a mile away It obviously had a happy ending, but that didn t make up for the way the rest of the book dragged There were also some major unresolved issues.

  5. Dawn

    This was cute I had figured out where it was going very early on It s a semi retelling of OHenry s Gift of the Magi.

  6. Jody

    All I Have to Give was my first holiday book of the season, and also marks my first book for the Christmas Reading Challenge It was a very enjoyable story that I zipped through in an evening, and it succeeded in helping to get me in the Christmas spirit which was the intention So, overall a successful reading venture.The story opens with sisters Anna and Meredith chatting about their respective marital issues as they clean up from Thanksgiving dinner, and proceeds to follow Anna s attempts at cr [...]

  7. Debbie

    All I Have To Give is Christian women s fiction and a re telling of The Gift of the Magi Anna tried so hard to have a perfect Christmas that she almost ruined it with her attitude While the characters always had a motivation for the way they were acting, I was on the borderline of being frustrated with them Anna thought she had cancer and basically just gave up before even confirming it She strongly suspected her husband of infidelity with little evidence and yet this didn t seem to impact her g [...]

  8. Rayni

    Melody Carlson Hmmm, I ve liked her other books, this should be a shoo in But it wasn t It was modeled after Gift of the Magi, which I didn t like either view spoiler I don t know how many books I ve picked up lately that has ovarian cancer in it I have Stage IV ovarian cancer like Anna, waited until the new plan year to pursue treatment for it At least we have insurance I am currently slogging through the treatment for it I have had breast cancer, also And we ve fought with infertility, finding [...]

  9. Tara Alemany

    A fan of the author, but not this titleI ve read a number of Melody Carson s books at this point and enjoyed her characters and storylines consistently, until this book I had to start it twice and then made myself continue reading that second time.For a Christmas story, there s too much negativity in it Not just hard things, but wrong thinking Instead of feeling uplifted by the story, I felt ill at ease with these characters.As a modern day reselling of a classic Christmas tale, I thought it wou [...]

  10. Just - The romance reader

    Such a touching and heartfelt book The message was awesome It was an emotional read that really helped put me in the right frame of mind about the real meaning of family and Christmas, in perfect time for the holiday season Melody Carlson is near the top of my list of favorite authors

  11. April Suter

    All she is has is her worry, home, husband, family and classroom Anna prepares for Christmas as this is the year that it is going to be the best Christmas ever She sells her treasure to meet this goal even when her husband is acting odd She may be having a health scare or is she

  12. Bekah

    Cheesiest book ever Hoping for some holiday spirit but no such luck Completely predictable and flat Big eye roll followed by a yawn.

  13. Melanie

    A cute Christmas book While it was quite obvious where the story was going right from the beginning, it was still a sweet romance Overall, an easy, quick read.

  14. Charlene

    Love to read Christmas stories in the season, Anna does what it takes to make it the best Christmas ever.

  15. Crystal

    The book opens with the Thanksgiving celebration hosted by Anna and Michael in their cozy bungalow home Anna s family has joined them for the holiday and we get to meet all of them father, step mother, brother, sister in law, etc and learn a little bit about their stories Michael is starting to get his own business off the ground and Anna is a school teacher Both are busy and happy in their jobs but the child they haven t been able to have haunts them as they are getting older and the likelihood [...]

  16. TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey

    Anna and Michael have been trying for years without success to have a baby Now in her late thirties, Anna has given up on the hope of motherhood after heartbreaking miscarriages and shattered dreams As Christmas nears, she has to consider the possibility that it might be time to empty out the nursery and convert it to a guest room Amidst her heartache, Anna secretly struggles with strange health problems that have her very worried But, as often happens at Christmastime, there are miracles in sto [...]

  17. Monica

    I love Melody Carlson s books especially her Christmas reads This one is about Anna and how after years of trying to have a baby she has finally just given up the dream As Christmas comes up she finds herself convinced that she is sick and will suffer the same thing that ended her mother s life She sets out determined to make this one or in her opinion her last Christmas one to remember She wants to make this one memorable for her husband and family Little does she know that this Christmas will [...]

  18. Jane

    Anna and Michael have been trying for years without success to have a baby Now in her late thirties, Anna has given up on the hope of motherhood after heartbreaking miscarriages and shattered dreams As Christmas nears, she has to consider the possibility that it might be time to empty out the nursery and convert it to a guest room Amidst her heartache, Anna secretly struggles with strange health problems that have her very worried But, as often happens at Christmastime, there are miracles in sto [...]

  19. Kristin Svec

    Ugh I knew the ending after the first 2 chapters The main character, Anna, is so irrational Her stomach is upset for a few weeks so she thinks she has ovarian cancer and tries to hide it from everyone so she can make this the best Christmas ever Her husband works late a lot, but she doesn t ask him about it Instead, she assumes he s having an affair I found myself occasionally skipping pages and still had no trouble following the storyline The Christianity seemed thrown in as an afterthought If [...]

  20. Jodi

    This was like the gift of the magi where the women and men didnt have enough money to buy a Christmas presents so they sold the things that they treasured the most to give the other person a wonderful Christmas It was interesting how easy it was for others around the women to think he was having an affair and not to support the women She wondered as well and prayed about it She also had her own secrets and it was interesting to see how that hurt her relationships and created tension where none s [...]

  21. Elaine

    A bit predictable but charming nonetheless Anna is dealing with a health issue that she would like to talk to her husband Michael about but he s been working so much lately trying to get his new business off the ground that she doesn t want to add one thing to his busy life She ll deal with it after Christmas but first she wants to make this the best Christmas yet for Michael Something for him to remember He s been working so many late nights and it s causing her mind to wander This is the perf [...]

  22. Laura

    This story held my attention and I also liked that it was short a nice change of pace I could relate to the woman for wanting something she can t have a child in her case and being frustrated when others complain about their own children I was impressed with how she shared her hurt and was able to also recognize if she was in their shoes, she may be reacting the same way.The conclusion of the story was just like Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, so that was quite fun I will admit, however, I do li [...]

  23. Brittany

    This is the touching Christmas story of a young married couple who both want to make Christmas special for the other It is a sweet story of love and sacrifice This was a great story, although at first I thought the main character was a little annoying I liked her better as the story wore on It actually did build up a bit of suspense and I was really curious about how it would end, and in the end I was surprised at how it did turn out It is a really nice Christmas story that I don t think you ll [...]

  24. Kelly

    This was a cute love story Christmas Story It had a really happy and predictable ending The characters were nice to read about Although, I don t know too many teachers who get off for 3 weeks at Christmas time It was a pretty quick read Although, I read another mini novella in between reading this I gave it 3 stars Good to just read for fun and relaxation around the holidays I received it free on the Kindle awhile back

  25. Barbara

    Even though this book follows the The Gift of the Magi storyline, I still wasn t sure about the ending The description of the book led me to believe that someone was going to die at the end Spoiler No one did I thought the book was a real downer, even if it did have a happy or somewhat happy ending With all the books out there I want to read this Christmas Season, I feel like I wasted my time on this one.

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