By Jacquelyn Mitchard
A fourteenth marriage ceremony anniversary is not anything to sneeze at, Elliott Banner is familiar with, yet it isn't precisely a landmark yr -- 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 girl flippantly gathers her kin round her throughout the Christmas vacation to cel-ebrate their lives jointly -- either prior 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 move -- an ideal vacation learn that underscores the real which means of the season.
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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 . ” Miranda said. ” “Not yet,” Elliott said. “Don’t wake them. Use the key behind the light. Just wait for me to call you. ” “Don’t think of it,” she said seriously.
Auburn spikes, like a punk rocker. Rory was tough as nails. At eight, Rory was almost finished, but still young enough to heal without a grudge against the world. Annie, well, Annie would be angry, for ever so long. At thirteen, she had the duty to be angry no matter what, even if events offered her no insult. She would need serious help. She would give Elliott a hard ride, particularly if he ever remarried. Little Amelia. Amelia, born of Elliott’s grief at the prospect of losing his mother, Amy, a woman more dear to Laura than her own mother—the real Grandma, who came to stay for weekends and shooed them out to dinner and movies, who cleaned the blinds and made Laura take naps while she was nursing the new baby—Amelia was not yet three.
They’re doing a CT scan . ” Miranda said. ” “Not yet,” Elliott said. “Don’t wake them. Use the key behind the light. Just wait for me to call you. ” “Don’t think of it,” she said seriously. “You’ve never asked me to help with anything. ” What an odd way to put it, Elliott reflected. He wandered back to the scanning lab, but Laura was gone, as was the doctor with the musical name. He saw the younger physician, a resident or an intern, leaning against a cabinet, filling out a form on a clipboard.