My Gift To You is all about "giving THE gift"--the gift of LOVE. What a powerful story of a woman(Trish)trying to hide all the secrets of her past...trying to show the world that she is worthy of their love and understanding. Then one Christmas season her sister-in-law showed up at her door and said "I have a gift for you--my love--it's my gift to you." Hope and healing followed as Trish set out to give THE gift to others.
My Gift To You by Lori Nawyn
Before I started reading Lori's debut novel, just by reading the back liner notes, I couldn't really tell what the novel was about or if it was a Christmas novel or not. I was in for a big surprise, as this is a great debut and is a Christmas novel as well.
Trish Ingram has been working hard to be the perfect wife, the perfect mother, while all the while feeling inferior, that she's not worth anything. Her husband, Paul, and her nineteen year old daughter, Sienna, feel distanced from her and leave her.
When Trish arrives home to find Paul gone, a mysterious envelope under the Christmas tree, she then takes a drive to a cemetery to find closure to her demons she's had for years. When both Paul and Sienna find Trish missing, they both believe she has "disappeared." When Paul sends a bunch of his biker buddies out in search for Sienna, Paul fears the worst, but Sienna just gets caught in a blizzard and attempts to stay awake until help arrives.
Trish is devastated when her sister-in-law dies from Cancer, but the gift she gives to Trish before she dies, is a life-changing moment and she begins by volunteering at a place for troubled teens. When a young teen girl she has been working with leaves a note, it sends everyone to searching for her.
With the devastation of her husband and daughter leaving her, she is faced with the challenge to have faith to move forward. And to realize she is loved for who she is, that she doesn't need to pretend to be who she isn't.
I highly recommend this debut novel, especially around the Christmas holidays.
I received this review copy from Lori.
Published by: Covenant Communications, Inc.
Date Published: October 2010