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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (628 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Walsh Narrator: Roger Mueller Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781608146666
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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 at Christmastime in 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/19/2014

    " Dan Walsh's debut novel was impressively written for a first book. The story reminded me of one I'd read several years ago by Tracie Peterson that took place during WWI. It was titled Silent Star. That story also made me tear up toward the end. I really enjoyed this book and the author's characterization of Patrick and his grandfather even though I'm not a big fan of Christmas stories. The WWII setting, including the role of the social worker and the police in the story, felt genuine to me. While reading my mind was firmly set in the 1940s and stayed there for the entire book. That was very well done. I also liked how the author showed the reality of the times. There were things done in those days that would never be allowed in the modern era. My how times have changed. And the transformation in the hearts of bitter and confused characters rang true to me. All in all, this was a great book to read in front of the fire over the holidays and would make a great Christmas gift for people who enjoy nostalgic stories set during the Christmas season. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susanna | 1/22/2014

    " This was a quick read. Quite predictable. Didn't leave me thinking about anything, so not sure it was worth it, but I have a tough time rationalizing fiction, so it's got to be really good!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 1/15/2014

    " Such a good book! Made me cry! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 12/12/2013

    " Sweet Christmas story about a seven year-old boy meeting his grandfather for the first time under some pretty bad circumstances. Some of the plot is predictable, but they are believable. the World War II setting makes the boy's innocence more realistic. Fast read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steph | 12/7/2013

    " I am so glad to have finished this novel and move onto the next. The characters were unrealistic and the beginning of the novel was dialogue heavy. I found the "cranky" old man hardly really cranky and the "angelic" little boy to be a brat. When the kid sees something he wants but cant have he stops at nothing to get it. So then why is he suppose to be seen as innocent? I won't be reading the sequel for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicolas | 11/28/2013

    " Another good Christmas read. As can be expected, it contained a fair amount of schmaltz, but not too much to ruin it. Good characters, interesting story. It wrapped up a little quickly, and you could see the ending a mile away, but overall a good holiday book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 10/26/2013

    " liked this book, great message of forgiveness and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne Sher | 10/19/2013

    " loved it. kept my heart in it every moment. gotta read the sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen B | 9/24/2013

    " So sad, but such a wonderful book. I read the last few chapters through my tears. God touches hearts in the most amazing ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 9/23/2013

    " This was a good book. I'm starting the sequel now. It was a kindle freebie when I got them both, but they are both reasonably priced anyway. worthy read if you are looking for something. I look forward to checking out other books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 4/9/2013

    " Wonderful story to complete this Christmastime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara Thomas | 2/23/2013

    " I got this book for free for my Kindle and I thought it would be nice read for the holidays. It all was a bit to contrived for me. The dialogue was very forced and didn't really flow well. However, there was a simple message in the book that readers can walk away with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/20/2013

    " This one is about a crusty old man and his grandson during WWII. Enjoyable story, though I felt like parts of the plot were a little rough and undeveloped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Powers | 12/30/2012

    " Loving and sweet about a grandfather's new love for his grandson after family disputed divided the whole clan. I liked it and there was a good ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 10/11/2012

    " I enjoyed this book even though anyone who reads the book could guess the ending. I will read the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelica | 5/22/2012

    " This is a heart-wrenching and heart-warming Christmas story. I fell in love with these characters. So many families are broken, and Christmas should be a time of grace and forgiveness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti Anes | 1/17/2012

    " I really loved this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 12/18/2011

    " Wonderful book, just what I love to read right before Christmas. Predictable ending, but I loved it and would have been so disappointed if it had not turned out "right". :) I look forward to reading the follow-up to this one, The Homecoming. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leah | 12/2/2011

    " Hallmark movie in book form. Could tell it was written by a pastor... which isn't really a compliment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 10/16/2011

    " This book teaches the lesson that family feuds should be worked out because life is too short for anger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justina | 6/9/2011

    " This was a good book, completely predictable, but good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jere | 4/27/2011

    " The book was ok. I give it a 2 1/2 because we did have a good discussion at book club about forgiveness. The ending was predictable and not believable for the time frame in which it was to occur. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia | 4/20/2011

    " this book made me cry <3 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/27/2011

    " There is a follow up to this book coming out in June of 2011. (Good!) This is a WW II era book. A father and son are estranged but when the son is shot down during the war, the grandfather must take in the young grandson. This is a good Christmas story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nan | 1/24/2011

    " It was okay for a quick read. The happy ending came too quickly and conveniently as the "villian" changed his outlook without sufficient motivation and agonizing. But other than that, it wasn't too bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sacha | 1/16/2011

    " This was a very heartwarming story, perfect for Christmas! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Acarrawa | 1/11/2011

    " A sweet story, although somewhat predictable. I look forward to the sequel. This novel provides a good example of what can happen if bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness are fostered and nourished in one's life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 11/29/2010

    " I read this to kick off the holidays. I think a friend had suggested it. It was OK. I think I will keep looking for a better Christmas themed book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 11/24/2010

    " I LOVE christmas and I am a sucker for a good sappy christmas story. Especially if it has a happy ending. GREAT STORY!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/20/2010

    " Very good, adolescent esque, but adorable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 6/7/2010

    " Okay book, average writing. Predictable story that still makes you cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessi | 5/10/2010

    " very good so far...has a lot of emotion "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabby | 3/30/2010

    " This book had a great message, although a bit predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jere | 2/11/2010

    " The book was ok. I give it a 2 1/2 because we did have a good discussion at book club about forgiveness. The ending was predictable and not believable for the time frame in which it was to occur. "

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About the Author
Author Dan Walsh

Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of several books, including The Discovery and The Reunion. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for twenty-five years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area.

About the Narrator

Roger Mueller is a well-known stage and television actor in Chicago. In addition, his radio and voice-over credits include Unshackled!, the Left Behind series, and the audio series Down Gilead Lane.