The Gift of Joy Review

The Gift of Joy
By Valerie Maarten

About the book:

When Joy was a little girl that believed in wishes, she had one wish for Santa. It was a selfish wish that caused her to lose an important person in her life. Now all she wishes for is…THE GIFT OF REDEMPTION

Gabriel spent his childhood ignoring the lonely girl across the street, but could never keep her from his mind. After reuniting, she gives him the greatest gift. THE GIFT OF JOY

My Review:

When the author, Valerie Maarten contacted me about reviewing The Gift of Joy, she also included three other books to choose from.  After reading each book synopsis, I asked if I could read all four books!  The Gift of Joy is the first book by Valerie Maarten that I am reviewing.  I can’t wait to read her other books.

The Gift of Joy centers area Joy and Gabe.  Two people who are neighbors and met when they were young.  They may have been neighbors, but they barely knew each other because of one person. One very mean and violet person.

We first meet Joy when she is just 6 years old and Gabe comes to her rescue.  From that day on, she finds a friend and childhood crush in Gabe.  Joy is raised in an abusive home, her father beats her mother.  He has strict rules that Joy is not allowed to play with other kids, let alone play outside.  One day, Joy’s mother lets her play outside while her father is sleeping.  When a fight breaks out between two boys because of Joy, her father comes outside to threaten the kids.  He tells them they are not allowed to play with Joy or even wave to her.

Fast forward 20 years and Joy is a grown woman living in her childhood home.  She still thinks of Gabe.  Through the years, they always thought of one another.  While he is visiting his mother and sisters, Gabe and Joy reconnect.  They discover each other’s feelings and become closer.

Gabe and Joy were two innocent kids when they met and realize their true feelings as adults.  What kept them apart is in the past and now they are able to focus on the present.

The Gift of Joy is a sweet and loving romance novel.  This is the perfect book to read during the holidays or even when you are feeling down.  This book will lift your spirits and warm your heart.

Disclosure of Material Connection: An ebook was provided to me by the author for review.  No payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book’s publisher and publicist or the readers of this review.  This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. 

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  1. shirley carr says:

    This book sounds good!

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