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Daniel's Gift [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Freethy
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Customers who like books by Debbie Macomber, Kristin Hannah, and Susan Wiggs will enjoy this emotionally compelling story of love, family and a little bit of magic from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy.

In her impetuous summer of love, Jenny St. Claire found Luke Sheridan -- her dashing knight in intern's scrubs. But a fast-track future and rigid, ambitious parents drove passion out of Luke's life. And the summer ended, leaving Jenny with a broken heart... and a beautiful son, Danny, to help mend it.

Years later it is tragedy that reunites them -- the father whom a son longs to know, and the mother who has tried desperately to forget. And as Luke and Jenny struggle to ignore the pain and desire reborn in a look and a touch, only the remarkable courage of a young boy -- and the help of a rather unorthodox guardian angel -- can offer them the most precious gift of all: a second chance at the love of a lifetime.


"A warm, moving story of the power of love." Debbie Macomber

"Wonderful story, wonderful cast -- this is a do-not-miss reading experience." Rendezvous Magazine

"Barbara Freethy brings a tender poignancy to mainstream romantic fiction." Romantic Times

"The depth is incredible, the minds of the characters (and there are quite a few) delightful. Clearly a hit!" Heartland Critiques

"Exceptional. I couldn't put it down!" The Time Machine Newsletter

"The lead players are excellent and the support cast superb ... Kudos to Barbara Freethy for a first class reading experience." Affaire de Coeur

Editorial Reviews Review

Jenny St. Claire fell in love with Luke Sheridan one hot, lovely summer when they were both very young. But Luke's parents had other plans for their only son, and when the summer was over and Jenny was pregnant, he left her for medical school.

Twelve years later, young Daniel St. Claire--son of Jenny and Luke--decides to look for his father, but his trip is interrupted by a reckless car. Although his physical body is trapped in a coma and tied to a hospital bed, his spiritual self is alive and well. Aided by a guardian angel named Jacob, he works to reunite his mother and father, and help his beloved cousins, uncles, and aunts confront and resolve their problems. Daniel's spiritual journey lends an added dimension to both the love story between his parents and the trials and tribulations of his earthly relatives.


"A warm, moving, story of the power of Love." -- -- Debbie Macomber

Product Details

  • File Size: 4101 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fog City Publishing, LLC (March 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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104 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daniel's Gift February 10, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unknowingly to me, there were tears flowing down my cheeks as I held my breath reading rapidly in order to learn if Danny lives or dies. The unique gift Danny brings to his mother, Jen, who has raised him since birth without alerting Danny's biological father, Luke, of Danny's existence, is VERY touching. Having children on the brink of teenage years myself and not knowing how they really feel, was accurately depicted in Freethy's development of Danny, a teenage boy who goes in search of his father. Upon returning to his mother from his first glimpse of his father's lavish life, Danny is hit by a car and slips into a coma. The tragedy brings his mother and father face to face. Luke, thinking the baby, Danny, had been aborted, is astonished to learn that he has a son. The devotion and love Jen has for her son makes Luke realize the loss he will have if he isn't given the opportunity to know Danny and re-acquaint himself with his soul-mate, Jen. I am now on a mission to read other books by Barbara Freethy.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daniel's Gift June 27, 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book has a special place in my heart, Nine months ago my son also was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And he died of brain trauma. At the time we recieved a lot of books of how to cope with the loss of a child. But Daniel's gift has helped me more to come to term with my loss than anything else I have read. Thank you Ms Barbara Freethy
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Freethy Has A Wonderful Soul! December 11, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read this book for school and I must say this book was the most powerful story I have ever read. This book is not only heart warming it is also very spiritual. In her book Barbara displays heaven to be so very realisitc. It gives a reader a sense that there must be something out there awaiting after death. I loved the plot very much and I encourage any reader out there who has experienced the lifestyle portrayed in this book, to read it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a review of reviews for this book October 18, 2012
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I, like many others loved this book and thought it was heartwarming and touching. I am amazed at the reviews of Jenny not "acting" like they would in this situation or how dare she this or how dare she that-----this book is FICTION for goodness sake.
Another gripe about reviews are the ones that find it necessary to give out the entire plot in 3 lines AND give away the ending!!! I have learned to only look at the number of stars given a book in reviews so the ending is not told to me before I even buy the book. Perhaps YOU didn't like the way it ended but it isn't your job to ruin it for someone that might enjoy the suspense and it truly was suspenseful.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story!!! June 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I just discovered this book, had read Barbara's more recent titles, but had no idea what I was missing. This is a wonderful story, so poignant and heartwarming that I couldn't stop thinking about it all day. I love reunion stories, but this one was particularly tender because of the little boy and his intense wish to know his father. All I can say is WOW! Don't miss this book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed August 2, 2011
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Overall I thought the book was entertaining. There were aspects of the book though that I felt were a tad irritating. For example, the repetitive conversation between Jenny and Luke in regards to their relationship, how they've made mistakes, how they came back to one another. I didn't find it believable enough and I found myself reading the same thing over and over again.

Also, there was a lot of sub stories that were going on that at times did contribute to the story, but were never fully resolved. Like the story of Matt, I found the solution to his problem to be too easy. With the guardian angel, there was something said about why he wasn't in heaven, but was never fully revealed. With Merilee and Richard it also seemed like any easy solution. He was caught cheating, no big deal we'll just go to counselling and everything will be okay. There wasn't enough depth in these relationships and no concrete resolution which made in hard to believe and relate to.

I found that the book wanted to create an in depth and complicated series of relationships that never had a concrete conclusion. I found that the author was trying too hard and in that lost my interest.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So Bad! - worse than a lifetime movie August 26, 2011
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This book was a complete waste of time and money. The plot is similar to a cheesy lifetime movie and just as predictable; the dialogue is inauthentic and the characters are cookie-cutter sterotypes. Honestly I could have stomached the plot if the writing was better - but I felt like a teenage girl had written this story. The plot which involves a comatose boy visiting the father he has never met is similar to a bad Reese Witherspoon romance movie in which she visits the tenant of her apt. while sheis in a coma. Each character has some personal drama such as the brother who struggles with alcoholism following glory days as a quarterback and the controlling sister who raised her siblings after her mother's death but is now so cold and methodical that her husband "understandably" has affairs. There is a couple bodice ripping moments that are cringe-worthy. And of course as in all life-time movies, everything is wrapped up in neat packages and fences are mended. I trusted the 5-star reviews, and I need to find a better way to discern a novel worth reading. I thought I would post a review to give other browsers pause before they make this regrettable purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touched by an Almost Angel
I totally enjoyed the story line. Adore happy endings, so this tale satisfied.
Published 23 days ago by Joyce Termina
5.0 out of 5 stars stupendous!
A delightful read from start to finish. It is one of those novels you do not want to see end.
Published 1 month ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good....
Published 1 month ago by Mary Jane Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to others to read. I really enjoy this author's style of writing.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret A Christian
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good! I didn't want to put the book down!
Published 1 month ago by Brenda L. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful story and writing style. I always enjoy Barbara Freethy's novels - keep up the good work!
Published 1 month ago by Jessie Miller
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Published 1 month ago by emb2315
5.0 out of 5 stars ... read any of her books that I have not liked. This one is a little...
I have not read any of her books that I have not liked. This one is a little different but still liked it
Published 1 month ago by Billie Jo Wolff
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book. The story shows how honesty and forgiveness...
This is an excellent book. The story shows how honesty and forgiveness are truly gifts we give ourselves.
Published 1 month ago by norita moorman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love how this ties into a wonderful love story through ...
So many children are from broken homes. Love how this ties into a wonderful love story through hard circumstances.
Published 1 month ago by Dorothy herring
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More About the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of 40 novels. Traditionally published for many years, in 2011 Barbara began self publishing her backlist and has sold over 5 million ebooks and as of today she is the bestselling KDP Author of ALL TIME! Nineteen of her titles have appeared on the NY Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Her book SUMMER SECRETS hit #1 on the New York Times and remained on the list for seven weeks. Other bestselling titles include ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS (Callaways #1), DON'T SAY A WORD, GOLDEN LIES, ALL SHE EVER WANTED, JUST THE WAY YOU ARE, RYAN'S RETURN, DANIEL'S GIFT, LOVE WILL FIND A WAY, SILENT RUN and TAKEN.

Barbara writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women's fiction. She is known for writing emotional and compelling stories about love and family, sometimes with a little suspense, sometimes with a little magic.

She is currently writing a new contemporary family series, THE CALLAWAYS about a family born to "serve and protect" several as San Francisco firefighters!

Books available include
NOBODY BUT YOU (A Callaway Wedding Novella)

Over 1.5 million readers are enjoying the Callaway Series - this is one you won't want to miss!

Barbara also recently put out three books in the WISH Series which include:
A SECRET WISH (Wish Series #1)
JUST A WISH AWAY (Wish Series #2)

The books are standalone, but are connected by the theme of wishes! They're romantic, emotional and fun.

Visit Barbara's website at
Follow her on Twitter at!/BarbaraFreethy
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Barbara lives in California with her husband and children. When she's not writing or reading, she's probably taking a long walk or playing tennis!

** Readers should know that the titles THE CUZZIAN HORSE and PATRICK MICHAEL O'REILLY'S 13TH SUMMER, which often appear mixed in with Barbara's titles, are written by a different author with the name of Barbara Freethy

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