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The Gift of Joy [Kindle Edition]

Valerie Maarten
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Joy Tate was just a naïve, little girl who 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…

This version of The Gift of Joy is recommended for readers 18 yrs and older.

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About the Author

Valerie Maarten has been writing ever since she discovered that letters made sounds and a combination of letters made words. It wasn't until recently that she decided to share her work. She can generally be found with pen and paper in hand, scribbling the next storyline or reading one of her many “favorite” authors. Although she has an eclectic taste in what she reads, there isn't a romance sub-genre that she will pass up. She currently lives in Orlando, FL with her three sons, plotting to write the next story in her head that needs to be told. Until then...

Product Details

  • File Size: 300 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Write World Publishing; Adult Version edition (October 13, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047742RO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,950 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Christmas Story! October 18, 2010
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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!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense Romance December 28, 2010
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This is a romance that tackles a very sensitive issue: domestic violence. It had some part that were gut-wrenching, like the night Joy's mother died. We see it from a child's perspective, and I don't think that is something easily pulled off so I was impressed with how the author handled it. As an adult, Joy blames herself for her mother's untimely death and works to help abused women and their children. Joy was easy to like, and I thought she was realistic. Having gone through all she did as a child, it was no wonder she was burdened with guilt.

Then along comes Gabe who had grown up near her but never really knew her that well. Gabe was a sweetheart. There were no long drawn-out conflicts or misunderstandings--a definite plus in my opinion. I don't care much for romances where the whole book is full of couples arguing or not understanding what the other person meant, and sadly, I see this too much in romance books. This was not that kind of romance. The author gave me time to care about the couple before they confessed their feelings for each other. When the couple had their misunderstanding, it was resolved quickly.

Overall, this was a heartwarming book. I wanted a happy ending after all Joy had been through, and I wasn't disappointed.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It could have been a great book! July 5, 2011
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This story should easily have been worth 5 stars, but here are the things that bugged me. First, the editing & formatting were atrocious. I know it's silly, but seeing quotation marks instead of an apostrophe drove me crazy. Subject and verb were often mismatched. At times the pronoun didn't match the person being referred to. And then there were the sex scenes. They felt contrived, as though the author was thinking, "Ooh, I'd better steam things up a bit. That's what really sells books these days." Not for me! If you haven't noticed, I am quite disappointed with what should have been a wonderful story ... and a story that needs telling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I noticed this book earlier this year, but - and I'll be honest there - the cover was just uninspired and uninteresting. It wasn't until I saw the description somewhere that I realized that it was totally something I would read. I purchased it early last month and earlier this month the author contacted me asking for a review. I took that as a sign and told her I'd already purchased it on my own and would read it - figured I'm supposed to read it since it kept catching my eye...

Wow. This is such a well written book. As a child that grew up in a family with domestic abuse, it's almost cathartic at times, as strange that may sound. At times, though, the authors make me cringe. It's obvious they either have never experience what they are writing or haven't done their homework. This author hit it on the head. The feelings that Joy exhibits at a child are right on. Happy that her mom is letting her "get away" with something and guilt when they get caught. Her actions as an adult further show this author's homework was well done - the trust issues, the forced isolation, the burning need to help others in the same situation, etc. I think this was the stand out for me for this book. How true it felt. I kept reminding myself that it was NOT a memoir. It was fiction.

The story is sweet, but very very predictable. This isn't a mystery and the author pretty much guides you where she's going. In some ways I kind of was hoping for some sort of shift there so that it didn't go how it was obviously heading, you know?

I saw a few grammar/spelling errors, but nothing too awful terrible. If there were others, I was entirely too wrapped up in the story to care - which I suppose is the whole point anyway.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Magic year Round February 21, 2011
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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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love may be right under your nose
Semi sweet story about someone who has had a misfortunate past but is able to find love right under her nose.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Romance
Enjoyed this book,not the type of book I usually read but found it a good romance novel with a happy ending.
The Gift of Joy
Published on April 24, 2012 by Victoria
5.0 out of 5 stars Touches the Heart in all the RIGHT PLACES :-)
A touching love story about coming to terms with the past and embracing a better tomorrow. Gabe and Joy are refreshingly real, down-to-earth people with courage and honor inside... Read more
Published on April 6, 2012 by LadyDestinyRose
3.0 out of 5 stars good story-needs proofreading
a great story i enjoyed. would have been better without the distraction of typos and grammatical errors. kept mixing up past tense / present tense (i.e. has have had). Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Christmas read
The Gift of Joy centers area Joy and Gabe. Two people who are neighbors and met when they were young. Read more
Published on November 24, 2011 by S. M. Fatta
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Heartfelt Story
Joy Tate's childhood was ripped from her by her abusive father , all she ever wanted was to make friends, one of the few times she was able to go out and play, she was protected... Read more
Published on November 22, 2011 by Crystal Trent Dotson
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable Read :)
When Joy Tate was a little girl, she sat on Santa's knee and wished that the boy across the street would always be there for her and protect her. Read more
Published on May 18, 2011 by Misty
5.0 out of 5 stars ;0)
Wow wonderful, sad sweet and gave me goose bumps. Love the message of the book, what a guy Gabe is and Joy strong I think personally. Read more
Published on January 5, 2011 by Lady Raven RAVE!
5.0 out of 5 stars A very touching book.
Valerie seemed apprehensive before I began my read of her work `The Gift of Joy'. She can certainly breathe a little easier, her work supports her conviction; I felt every moment... Read more
Published on October 23, 2010 by Joel Kirkpatrick
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More About the Author

Let me introduce myself...

I have been writing ever since I discovered that letters made sounds and a combination of letters made words. It wasn't until recently that I decided to share my work with the public at large.

It's true what people say about writers, "they don't write for fame, fortune and glory...they write for the love of writing and sharing." I'm sure most of my fellow writers know what I'm talking about. I know I'm not the only one that invested in rubbermaid storage bins to store your earlier, written work (before the laptop), just in case you decided to go public.

The only thing I love more than writing, besides the obvious (God, family, life and country), is reading. As you will soon learn, I have an eclectic taste in what I read. There isn't a romance genre that I will pass up. I've recently began reading suspense and paranormal romance and have dabbled in the vampire series, once in a while.

But one day, I'm going to reach in my storage bin and dust off that masterpiece I've been working on.

Until then...


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