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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Unfinished Gift by Dan Walsh--A Review


Dan Walsh is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Daytona Beach, Florida, a church he helped found 23 years ago. Walsh lives with his family in the Daytona Beach area. This is his first novel.

Can a gift from the past mend a broken heart?

Ian Collins is an old man without his son. Patrick Collins is a young boy without his father. On his Christmas list are only three items. He wants the army to find his father. He wants to leave his grandfather's house. And he wants the dusty wooden soldier in Grandfather's attic--the one he is forbidden to touch.

Set in December of 1943, The Unfinished Gift is the engaging story of a family in need of forgiveness. With simple grace, it reminds us of the small things that affect powerful change in our hearts--a young boy's prayers, a shoe box of love letters, and even a half-carved soldier, long forgotten. This nostalgic story of reconciliation will touch your heart.


Dan Walsh never disappoints with his writing or his stories.   He deveoped a family of strong characters with Ian Collins being the heartless grandfather who experienced a heart wrenching change and finally became what every little boy dreamed his grandfather would be....loving.   Patrick coming to live with his grandfather was the catalyst which lit the fire to melt the ice in Ian's heart.   Patrick had a sad story and his story touched the hearts of not only his social worker, Miss Katherine Townsend and the next door neighbor, Mrs Fortini, as well.   All of these characters were so very real and so very well developed.   Each was easy to perceive in my mind's eye.

This was a sweet story about reunion and forgiveness.    It was about love at it's worst and it's best.  It was frightening as a blizzard swallowed young Patrick and hid him from the ones who cared most for him.  Fortunately he was rescued by ansuspecting hero Ezra Jeffries, the epitome of doing the right thing.

I thoroughly loved this tale of love from an author I truly admire and respect.  And what better time than Christmas to forgive one another and begin  anew!

I rated this a 5 Wink read.


Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  I purchased a  copy of this book for my personal collection.


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