By Jacquelyn Mitchard

A fourteenth marriage ceremony anniversary is not anything to sneeze at, Elliott Banner is aware, yet it is not precisely a landmark 12 months -- like fifteen, or twenty, whilst he plans to take his spouse, Laura, to Paris. but if a headache at the force domestic from their anniversary date -- days ahead of Christmas -- seems to be greater than a migraine, he needs he had celebrated each year as if it have been their final. during this poignant, touching, uplifting tale, a lady flippantly gathers her relations round her through the Christmas vacation to cel-ebrate their lives jointly -- either earlier and destiny -- and to really count number their blessings.A kin historical past unfolds in one evening during this deeply affecting tale that speaks volumes approximately love, belief, and letting cross -- an ideal vacation learn that underscores the genuine which means of the season.

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It’s a phase . ” Angela snorted, and there was no arguing it: Stephen, the man for whom the term “peripatetic” had been invented. He was a sometime laborer, a sometime roadie for bands, a sometime collector of seasonal unemployment. “Think of how he built you that house, so you could pull up the rope and no one could get you? But then you really did it? And we threatened to call the fire department? You didn’t care, and we actually had to call them? You were so gutsy, Angie. ” “I know it hurts.

I have told her there will be no pain. That was what she feared. And she has said she is . . ’ ” Now Elliott began crying in earnest. 34 ! Christmas, Present “It is comforting, sometimes, to give up our doubts at such occasions,” said Dr. Campanile, reaching out a hand, barely grazing Elliott’s shoulder. “I must do it. Otherwise, I think I could not survive my work and ever eat or drink a glass of wine. We may hope, perhaps, as Our Lady instructs, for a peaceful death. ” “Sneezed at,” Elliott corrected him, with a concealed sniff.

Reluctantly, he dialed the home of his mother-in-law, Miranda, who answered on the first ring, as if she had been waiting for his call. “I’m sorry to bother you,” he said, “but the girls may need you. Laura has taken ill; we’re at Mercy Hospital, and Annie is alone with Rory and Amelia . ” “She has a terrible pain in her head . ” They both fell silent, the recollected threat of Annie’s meningitis unmentionable between them. 26 ! Christmas, Present “No, her head. And pressure. They’re doing a CT scan .

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