Author and director Michael Landon, Jr., and Cindy Kelley—screenwriters behind the popular Love Comes Softly films—deliver a heartwarming Depression-era tale of a devoted mother and her disabled son.
The 1930s were a decade of enormous uncertainty - for the world, for America, and in particular for one lonely, struggling mother and her disabled son. Their story is one of love and enormous sacrifices in the face of circumstances horrendous beyond belief. When her husband leaves her for someone whose time isn't wrapped up in a silent, handicapped kid, Mary and little Jack are out on their own in a world that has no room for the poor and disabled. Especially not at a time when most Americans are simply trying to survive their economic woes and job losses. But then arrives The Gift...where has it come from, and why? How can a young boy who can neither hear nor speak provide comfort, direction, and sometimes challenges to seekers who learn of the special ability? Whatever the source, its presence brings a single shaft of light and hope to Mary and her beloved Jack. Will it be enough?
©2009 Michael Landon, Jr. (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
"Landon and Kelley recreate the Depression era so vividly that scenes and people leap off the pages. [Jack's] innocence is heartwarming, and the evil of other characters is clearly felt. Readers will enjoy this trip back in time." (Romantic Times)
Yes I would recommend this audiobook. I plan to recommend it to my book club as one to consider for next year.
This young mother had more than her share of 'bad luck.' I admired her spunk when she left her husband and hid with her son but was saddened many times when so many people took advantage of her. Several times I was 'on the edge of my seat' trying to tell her not to trust that person. Or don't do that! But through it all the relationship she had with her son was touching and the end of the book made all of her sacrifices worthwhile.
I can't say enough good things about Mr. McDonough's performance. John McDonough is one of my favorite narrators. I first became infatuated with his voice in the Mitford series by Jan Karon.
Is this small silent child a modern day prophet?
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