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Publisher's Summary

Johanna Lindsey brings back her popular Malory family in this special holiday story, bringing her scandalous Malorys face-to-face with their distant gypsy kin. Fans will get a chance to see how it all started as their mysterious grandmother's gypsy kin comes to them for help, and another Malory falls head-over-heels for a member of the tribe.
©2001 Johanna Lindsey (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Love it

A wonderful book to fill in some gaps and provide some history. Love that it includes all the Malorys.

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  • signe
  • randers nv, Denmark
  • 02-14-17

Nice little ekstra book

like that Johanna Lindsey made a book whit the storry of Molly and Jason.
Nice, sweet and fun. And the we get the story about the gypsy.

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summary is wrong

the summary says one thing but the story is not about that. still a very good book but not what you were expecting when reading the summary

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Absolutely Fabulous!!

I love the way Johanna invites the reader to understand that being different doesn't mean one is deficient...and that regardless of the many differences a relationship encounters - if allowed - love can take precedence over all! Absolutely fabulous!!

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  • Tara
  • Kingsland, GA, United States
  • 07-17-13

Loved the reading with the accents and all!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

would definitely recommend this audiobook-- the reading was great with the accent!

Who was your favorite character and why?

James Malory-- read this whole series several times. I love his character in all the books!

What about Laural Merlington’s performance did you like?

She got the different accents perfect!!

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  • Lori
  • Ocala, FL, United States
  • 06-18-12

Cute story, fills in some background

Would you listen to The Present again? Why?

Yes.

What other book might you compare The Present to and why?

Other Malory series novels by the same author.

Any additional comments?

The voices the narator uses for the male characters, especially Anthony, grates on me... he sounds like a pirate. I also do not care for her 'chuckles' or laughter.

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Wonderful

Would you listen to The Present again? Why?

Yes. It brought everything together. It made me cry and laugh.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Present?

The excitement of the family waiting to open the present

Have you listened to any of Laural Merlington’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

great

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

I love Johanna Lindsey and the Malorys. I have read the whole series in hard copy and now through audible. I wanted more. She made me feel like part of the family.

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  • Jay
  • TX, USA
  • 03-28-12

Loved it!

This book was a good read. It explains to us some of the Mallory's history and their strength. I like that we got to know more about the different couples and where they are today with their families as well that Jason(head of family) is finally going to marry Molly! I am so happy!!!

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  • Kristen
  • MIDDLETOWN, RI, United States
  • 11-30-11

Great story!!!

Love every book in this series. The narrator is a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Terrie
  • Berea, KY, United States
  • 02-11-11

Terrible Narrator

I have to agree with the previous reviews of this book. The book is good, I have read it a couple of times, but the narrator is absolutely terrible. She makes Anthony sound like he is about 90 years old. She also makes Reggie sound like a man half the time. Don't waste your money on this one.