Monday, November 8, 2010

Book Review: My Gift To You

What if you didn't think you deserved to be happy? What if you were wrong? 5053599_my_gift_to_you_product

Devastated by the departure of her husband and daughter, Trish faces the challenge of a lifetime. Will Trish find the courage necessary to transcend the shadows of her past? This gripping story reminds us that forgiveness of self and others is both a difficult choice and a precious gift.
The title and premise of this somewhat short, inspirational novel gave the impression of a predictable, feel-good story, but author Lori Nawyn throws in a few curve balls along the way. Pleasantly, it's not the exact book I thought it would be. She started with enough scattered information about several character relationships to pull me in to want to find out more. Unexpected and interesting events are added along the way. Even though I am certain of the outcome, it's the journey that matters. In the end, Nawyn wraps things up with the expected result but a different emphasis than I figured. The ending was satisfying.
The Christmas element of the story is not so strong as to only want to read this story at Christmastime, yet it could be considered a Christmas story if you are looking for one. I thought the amount was just right. I also enjoy Nawyn's succinct writing. She packs visual images, emotion, and a hook into short scenes. A great read by the fireplace on a cold, winter's day.


Lori said...

Renae, thank you for this review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. If any of your readers are interested, the book trailer can be viewed at:

Tamara said...

Thanks for the review, Renae. Where can it be purchased?

Lori said...


My Gift to You can be purchased at Seagull Book or Deseret Book. Here's the link for online purchase at Deseret Book: