Here's the blurb.
When Joy Tate was just a naïve, little girl that still believed in dreams and wishes, she had only one wish for Santa Claus. It was a selfish hope that caused her to lose the most important person in her life. Now all she wishes for is…THE GIFT OF REDEMPTION
Gabriel Hawthorne spent his entire childhood ignoring the sad, lonely girl from across the street, but could never fully keep her from his thoughts. But after reuniting with her, he’s impressed with the strong, fierce advocate she’s become. And when he’s with her, she gives him the greatest gift of all…
THE GIFT OF JOY
This version of The Gift of Joy is recommended for readers 18 yrs and older.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Christmas Story!,
October 18, 2010
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This review is from: The Gift of Joy - Adult Version (Kindle Edition)What a great story! I bought/read it over the weekend, (wept) and thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Maarten's writing.
Joy was a great character, she grew in the story like all heroines should, and I didn't once want to slap her character silly.
Gabe was also a great character, nice hero, and I also didn't once want to slap him silly! (His sisters were a whole different story:')
There was just enough pathos in the story that my husband had to bring over the tissue because I wouldn't stop reading and put down my Kindle... Don't get me wrong, just because I'm a weeper doesn't mean that this isn't a wonderful story. As we get closer to the holidays I will probably re-read it.
There's nothing like the girl/boy next door to make you take a deep, romantic breath!
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Magic year Round,
February 21, 2011
This review is from: The Gift of Joy - Adult Version (Kindle Edition)Joy lived a life of repression and fear until one Christmas when her father snaps and murders her mother. Now a grown woman, Joy blames herself because that Christmas when she told her Santa her wish she didn't wish for her mother's happiness, but her own. Only, the wish never came true.
What Joy wanted more than anything was the protection of Gabe, the boy across the street. but as the years have passed they've exchanged no more than a handful of words. However, that's all about to change.
Back for the holidays, Gabe summons up the courage to approach Joy, who still lives across the street from his parents. Though she;s now a grown woman, he still sees her as the innocent girl who needs taken care of - and though he's long denied it, he wants to be the one to take care of her!
But, can they both let go of their pasts or will they let their own guilt destroy their relationship before it even starts?
This was a good book that reads very fast. I intended to sit down and read for only half and hour and two hours later I was suddenly looking at the clock in surprise. The story weaves between tragedy and magic, and back again, but the ending will leave you with a smile.