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Julia's Gifts [Download] ➾ Julia's Gifts By Ellen Gable – Thomashillier.co.uk Religious Fiction As a young girl, Julia began buying gifts for her future spouse, a man whose likeness and personality she has conjured up in her mind, a man she calls her beloved Soon after the Unit Religious Fiction As a young girl, Julia began buying gifts for her future spouse, a man whose likeness and personality she has conjured up in her mind, a man she calls her beloved Soon after the United States enters the Great War, Julia impulsively volunteers as a medical aid worker, with no experience or training Disheartened by the realities of war, will Julia abandon the pursuit of her beloved From Philadelphia to war torn France, follow Julia as she transitions from unworldly young woman to compassionate volunteer.


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  1. A.K. Frailey A.K. Frailey says:

    In the new Great War Great Love series by Ellen Gable, Julia s Gifts took me on a poignant journey into the midst of terrible suffering and enduring hope A young woman volunteers to serve in a wartime hospital in France and encounters, up close and personal, the horrors of war The descriptions of war torn France felt very authentic and really helped me to envision the actual environment Julia s dreams for her future husband faces unexpected and ingenious twists and turns Julia s Gifts is a r In the new Great War Great Love series by Ellen Gable, Julia s Gifts took me on a poignant journey into the midst of terrible suffering and enduring hope A young woman volunteers to serve in a wartime hospital in France and encounters, up close and personal, the horrors of war The descriptions of war torn France felt very authentic and really helped me to envision the actual environment Julia s dreams for her future husband faces unexpected and ingenious twists and turns Julia s Gifts is a romantic drama that unfolds far from home but takes us to the heart of home along the way


  2. Cynthia Cynthia says:

    4.5 stars 4 here and 5 onI loved this sweet, clever Great War WWI romance appropriate for teen girls and mature women alike It might serve as great encouragement for young women to decide early on what they seek in a husband and then not only wait for the right man but plan for his arrival Although this novel is the first in a series, I read the second one before this one And strangely, I think that sequence worked well for me I believe Ifully enjoyed the references made in 4.5 stars 4 here and 5 onI loved this sweet, clever Great War WWI romance appropriate for teen girls and mature women alike It might serve as great encouragement for young women to decide early on what they seek in a husband and then not only wait for the right man but plan for his arrival Although this novel is the first in a series, I read the second one before this one And strangely, I think that sequence worked well for me I believe Ifully enjoyed the references made in this novel to Charlotte s Honor than I would have the other way around


  3. Trisha Niermeyer Potter Trisha Niermeyer Potter says:

    In her latest historical fiction novel, Ellen Gable tells the story of a 21 year old woman who volunteers for the Red Cross during World War I She is sent overseas with one of her closest friends Most of the book takes place in France during the war At first, Julia is woefully unprepared for the realities of war, though she quickly adapts to getting her hands dirty taking care of injured soldiers in a field hospital in Soissons, France A romance blossoms as the gifts Julia made and or purcha In her latest historical fiction novel, Ellen Gable tells the story of a 21 year old woman who volunteers for the Red Cross during World War I She is sent overseas with one of her closest friends Most of the book takes place in France during the war At first, Julia is woefully unprepared for the realities of war, though she quickly adapts to getting her hands dirty taking care of injured soldiers in a field hospital in Soissons, France A romance blossoms as the gifts Julia made and or purchased for her future beloved, she gives away to help soldiers in need The novel is told mainly from two points of view, which adds to the intrigue and interest while also giving us two very different experiences of the war A number of detailed descriptions set the mood and the scene for this romance Some of the things that happened felt predictable but in a way that felt satisfying, in a Hallmark movie sort of way As someone who prayed for my future husband before I d met him and even after, before I was sure we would get married, I can identify with the hope and longing of having someone to love Like the author, I experienced many years of waiting for a guy I liked to notice me and be interested I love that the author s husband wrote all of the sonnets that appear in the correspondence between Julia and her beloved I also like the notions that prayers will be answered and love will inspire hope in darkest hours Both themes strengthen this war time novel s appeal I have enjoyed Ellen Gable s other historical fiction novels Among my favorites are A Subtle Grace and In Name Only.I m interested in reading Charlotte s Honor, Book 2 in the Great War Great Love Series when it comes out in late 2018


  4. Theresa Linden Theresa Linden says:

    Julia s Gift is a sweet and touching love story laced with beautiful messages Well researched, the dialog and details make the story feel genuine, taking readers back to the WWI era where people shop at Lit Brothers department store, ride on trolley cars, and frequent the Horn and Hardart s Automat Following Julia as she works overseas as a volunteer medical aid opened my eyes to the hardships of war and especially the great trials and sacrifices of the nurses and volunteers This story touche Julia s Gift is a sweet and touching love story laced with beautiful messages Well researched, the dialog and details make the story feel genuine, taking readers back to the WWI era where people shop at Lit Brothers department store, ride on trolley cars, and frequent the Horn and Hardart s Automat Following Julia as she works overseas as a volunteer medical aid opened my eyes to the hardships of war and especially the great trials and sacrifices of the nurses and volunteers This story touched my heart in many ways, but the poems written by the character Major Peter Winslow are simply amazing


  5. Jean Jean says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Here s another great book to add to your inter generational book club I m reviewing Ellen Gable s Julia s Gifts on behalf of myself and my YA reader daughter I bought this for my daughter for Christmas and she devoured it within a couple weeks, so I got my hands on it and finished in a couple days We both hated for it to end I chose this because we both love historical fiction and wanted to readabout WWI The Great War Julia Murphy is a smart, strong, sweet, dreamer of a girl who has Here s another great book to add to your inter generational book club I m reviewing Ellen Gable s Julia s Gifts on behalf of myself and my YA reader daughter I bought this for my daughter for Christmas and she devoured it within a couple weeks, so I got my hands on it and finished in a couple days We both hated for it to end I chose this because we both love historical fiction and wanted to readabout WWI The Great War Julia Murphy is a smart, strong, sweet, dreamer of a girl who has conjured up in her mind exactly what her future husband must be like, right down to the color and texture of his hair She even began purchasing Christmas gifts for him her beloved since she was 17 So far she has stored away a Miraculous Medal, 2 pairs of socks, and a leather pocket journal embossed with a maple leaf on the cover The story opens at Christmastime 1917, and she has saved up to add a silver pocket watch to her collection of gifts for her future hubby She turns 21 in 1918 and feels called to represent her family in joining the war effort since her father is too old and her younger brothers too young to enlist Julia transitions from a fairly sheltered oldest daughter, coming of age in Philadelphia, never having been farther from home than the Jersey Shore, to a world traveler As a mother, this part of the story was especially moving to me I was delighted that Julia met some kind and lovely friends along the way And we get a really cool piece of news at the end some of those friends are going to be main characters in future Great War, Great Love books by Ellen Gable The importance of friendships, selflessness, and a heart open to God s will there are so many beautiful lessons that this story subtly imparts upon YA readers.As far as maturity level, be aware that there is a little bit of necessary violence and gore, appropriately so since this is a book set in a time of war My daughter is especially sensitive to anything bloody, but she had no problem at all reading Julia s Gifts There are appropriate and tastefully depicted scenes about leg amputations, pus filled wounds, mustard gas skin blisters, and even outbreaks of a stomach flu It is shocking what little training these Red Cross volunteers received before their baptism by fire The romantic scenes do not go beyond very chaste embraces and one or two kisses on the lips, so it is appropriate for almost any age in that regard.HUGE SPOILER My daughter s favorite part was when Major Winslow wrote that he needed a time piece Ok, I admit, I didn t immediately realize Julia s Gifts were the yearly Christmas purchases she was storing away, lol I had assumed the title referred to the main character s many virtues and selflessness in caring for injured soldiers So there is a cute twist regarding the gifts, developed throughout the story, that YA readers will delight in realizing.Do not hesitate to purchase Ellen Gable s Julia s Gifts for, I d say an advanced 12 year old reader and up, or yourself It is such a sweet historical romance with lots of important life lessons cleverly woven throughout its pages


  6. Karen Boyce Karen Boyce says:

    Julia, a young girl on the cusp of World War I, dreams of a man whom she s never met, a man destined to be her beloved Light of hair and gentle of nature, she imagines the perfect man to become her husband With great faith, she buys gifts for that future love A watch, a journal, and a miraculous medal is joined by a warm pair of socks that she knits herself Then, war breaks out and Julia is carried to France to help the wounded and dying in a strange land filled with pain and anguish Here a Julia, a young girl on the cusp of World War I, dreams of a man whom she s never met, a man destined to be her beloved Light of hair and gentle of nature, she imagines the perfect man to become her husband With great faith, she buys gifts for that future love A watch, a journal, and a miraculous medal is joined by a warm pair of socks that she knits herself Then, war breaks out and Julia is carried to France to help the wounded and dying in a strange land filled with pain and anguish Here amidst hospital tents and suffering soldiers, she meets Peter, a man so different from the beloved she has imagined And yet, the gifts she has purchased just seem to end up in Peter s hands Ellen Gable has done it again She weaves a story of love amidst the flashing bombs and death of World War I Julia s Gifts is the first of a new series by this talented author Her new series Great War Great Love is destined to be a classic The twists and turns of World War I are drawn in historic detail by this meticulously accurate author Her characters are engaging and realistic, pulling the reader in, creatively building a connection between the reader and the people on the pages of this wonderful novel I may need to go to the confessional as I ignored husband and home, unable to put this book down I can easily see this work as a movie Knowing the gift and talent of this author, I fully expect to see the entire series on my favorite Hallmark channel I highly recommend this novel of love and war It will keep you turning the pages, and loving the characters The tragedy of war will keep you wondering what the outcome of this powerful story will be Will faith and God s guidance pull Julia and Peter together, or will man s violent tendencies tear them apart What part will the gifts Julia has purchased play in this tale You can only find out for yourself by reading Julia s Gifts It won t take long you won t be able to put it down


  7. Virginia Lieto Virginia Lieto says:

    In Julia s Gifts, Ellen Gable whisks us away to war torn France, circa 1917 1918 The setting World War I The main character Miss Julia Murphy In this tightly woven love story, we see Julia Murphy exhibit many virtuous qualities generosity of spirit, compassion, and most importantly, self giving love This tale sends us on a romantic adventure in search of Julia Murphy s beloved only Julia has no idea who her beloved might be At the age of 17, she began setting aside Christmas presents fo In Julia s Gifts, Ellen Gable whisks us away to war torn France, circa 1917 1918 The setting World War I The main character Miss Julia Murphy In this tightly woven love story, we see Julia Murphy exhibit many virtuous qualities generosity of spirit, compassion, and most importantly, self giving love This tale sends us on a romantic adventure in search of Julia Murphy s beloved only Julia has no idea who her beloved might be At the age of 17, she began setting aside Christmas presents for her future beloved, with the hopes of one day gifting these presents to him At the age of 21, the war in Europe was waging, and the American Red Cross was looking for volunteers Julia and her friend, Ann, thought it a great idea to volunteer and go overseas to give aid and comfort to injured soldiers As Julia prepared to embark for the journey to Europe, she brought very few personal possessions with her She did, however, bring the box of four precious gifts she had amassed over the past four years, with the hope of possibly finding her beloved.The story then takes some twists and turns, with the four gifts playing a key role in this masterfully woven story of trial and triumph of love and loss Ellen Gable shows us that our plans may not always line up exactly with God s plan for our lives However, God s plan is far better than we could ever imagine In Julia s Gifts, Julia Murphy learns some life lessons about being generous in spirit that in giving we receive She discovers an endless amount of compassion for the soldiers she treats Most importantly, she discovers what it truly means to love another with self giving love a love you can only have for your beloved.Are you looking for a great book to read over this holiday season If so, I highly recommend placing Julia s Gifts at the top of your Christmas list


  8. Jean Jean says:

    Award winning author Ellen Gable has done it again She has created a stunning love story set amidst the backdrop of World War I Filled with adventure, romance, and intrigue this gripping tale will keep you on the edge of your seat There is so much to treasure in this beautifully written book miracles of faith, the power of prayer, the strength of true love, and the grace in using one s God given gifts to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles make this an outstanding and unforgettable Award winning author Ellen Gable has done it again She has created a stunning love story set amidst the backdrop of World War I Filled with adventure, romance, and intrigue this gripping tale will keep you on the edge of your seat There is so much to treasure in this beautifully written book miracles of faith, the power of prayer, the strength of true love, and the grace in using one s God given gifts to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles make this an outstanding and unforgettable book.I absolutely loved this book It is a beautiful historical romance that is riveting and evocative In this book, as in each of her novels, Ellen writes so skillfully and crafts such well developed characters that it is easy to visualize and relate to her characters and their motives I can easily envision this book series as a mini series airing on the Hallmark Channel I highly recommend Julia s Gifts for teens and adults, both male and female


  9. Leslea Wahl Leslea Wahl says:

    What a lovely teen, historical romance The book is set in France during World War I and is about Julia, a young lady from America, who decides to volunteer for the Red Cross and work at a field hospital in France As a teenager, Julia began collecting gifts for her future husband her beloved She doesn t know who this person might be, but she knows he s out there somewhere I loved the premise of the book I ve always liked the idea of prayer for a future spouse so enjoyed the idea of buying What a lovely teen, historical romance The book is set in France during World War I and is about Julia, a young lady from America, who decides to volunteer for the Red Cross and work at a field hospital in France As a teenager, Julia began collecting gifts for her future husband her beloved She doesn t know who this person might be, but she knows he s out there somewhere I loved the premise of the book I ve always liked the idea of prayer for a future spouse so enjoyed the idea of buying special gifts for them I don t want to give anything away but love how the story unfolds and how the gifts become part of the story Historic fiction is always so interesting, a wonderful way to learn new things This book did a great job showing the heart break and devastation of war Yet the author also highlighted the good in humanity that can arise amid such horror A truly beautiful love story


  10. Amanda Lauer Amanda Lauer says:

    This is the first book I ve read set during WWI and I have to say I was enchanted from the beginning Gable does a wonderful job of depicting life in a military field hospital for young women volunteering and for the soldiers there as well It was a sweet romance that keeps you turning the pages I m looking forward to reading the second and third book in the series


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