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The Gift Paperback – March 12, 2013
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"A blend of romance and mystery with just the right twist of the paranormal, The Gift by Deb Stover is an intriguing tale, a real page-turner."
~New York Times Bestselling
Author, Lisa Jackson
About the Author
After declaring her candidacy for President at age four, Deb Stover veered off course to play Lois Lane for a number of years. After she refused to blow Clark Kent's cover, she turned her attention to her own Real American Hero and married him. Considering her experience with Heroes, redirecting her passion for writing toward Romance Novels seemed a natural progression. Since publication of Shades of Rose in 1995, Stover has received dozens of awards for her work, which includes over twenty titles in a variety of languages and formats. For more information, please visit debstover.com.
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Beth has a psychic gift. When she enters the scene of a murder, she experiences the murder through the victim's eyes (reliving it). She was a successful Chicago homicide detective because of this gift, but it tore her up emotionally, and she quit the police force, avoided using the gift and became a drunk. She eventually quit drinking, has been sober for three years and now works as an insurance investigator. She travels to a rural community in Tennessee to decide if someone is dead in order to pay a life insurance claim. Ty was married to Lorilee and had three children. Lorilee disappeared seven years earlier. Apparently she sent a letter to her father saying she had run off to live in Europe. Ty wants to know the truth and filed the life insurance claim. From their first meeting, Beth and Ty are attracted to each other. Beth doesn't want to mix business with pleasure and tries to avoid getting involved with Ty.
REVIEWER'S OPINION (WITH VAGUE SPOILERS):
Not enough happened in order to solve the mystery. Beth talks to a couple people, doesn't learn much. She psychically believes that Lorilee's ghost is in the foyer, but Beth avoids going to the foyer and refuses to communicate with the ghost for almost the entire book. Finally at the end of the book, Beth communicates with the ghost and solves the mystery. I was frustrated that Beth wanted to solve the crime, she had to ability to do it, but she refused to do it, and as a result made no progress in her investigation. That was most of the story.
The romantic relationship part was ok. The point of view switches between Ty and Beth, showing frequent unspoken thoughts about how much they are attracted to each other. For example, he says something and then thinks how sexy she looks. She says something but is thinking how sexy he looks, etc. The best part of the story was meeting other interesting and loving family members and neighbors.
In summary, there wasn't much story. The characters could have been more interesting, maybe with some personality conflicts. Other than Beth trying to avoid intimate contact with Ty, the only conflict between them was Beth got mad at Ty once because he googled her name to learn about her. The final scene was too contrived. Too many convenient things happened all at once to wrap up the story. Someone involved with the murder kept a piece of evidence. The reason used for keeping the evidence was unbelievable and ridiculous. I'm all for fiction that includes the unbelievable, but this just wasn't done well.
Story length: 293 pages. Swearing language: moderate. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: 2. Total number of sex scene pages 16. Setting: current day Brubaker, Tenn. Copyright: 2009. Genre: romantic fantasy mystery.
Our hero Ty Malone is a single cowboy living on a ranch in a small town of Brubaker Tennessee As a loner within himself, giving little to his own needs, his attention, plans and life are for his three children. As he attempts to let go of the history and rumors surrounding the disappearance of his wife eight years ago, he's determined to have his wife, Lorilee declared dead. As Beth is stranded on his ranch, Ty reluctantly accepts the need for Beth to investigate his wife's disappearance for the insurance coverage. Ty planned to close this chapter of his life, knowing some answers may never come to fruition but was unprepared for his reaction to Beth. At the get go their feelings for each other become feverish. He's enamored to seduce Beth but too comes to fall in love with her. As they both seek so many answers in life, together they anchor each other through their healing with a heightened thriller and warm and tender romance.
Reading THE GIFT by Deb Stover, so captured me with vivid feelings of a beautiful and exciting romance reading Beth and Ty's romance! The buildup of the drama and the increasing tension of the romance was so potent and pure. I was full of emotions with smiling at their love for one another and tears of the pain they both went through. Both characters had so much growth in this story. Beth had so much to overcome with her past addiction and her gift and Ty with his healing through the lost of his wife for his children and the ability to move on with his love for Beth. There is so much more to this story that I often went back through this review and took out parts so that the reader will too read the surprises and drama that's in store through the events of this book. Long after I read this book many parts of the story and scenes returned to my mine, time after time. But even more, the feelings that overcame me, remained with me, still today. The empathic gift that Beth had to feel the victim brought forward a story where the reader will too feel so much empathy for every one of the characters, including Pearl, keeper in house and Ty's children. As strong as the romance was, the plot and story of the suspense and paranormal theme was captivating. Beth's gift of her living through the spirits of victims was at times chilling and others as heartbreaking. As the story moves to find the answers to Ty's wife's disappearance, there was so much unexpected and unique that made this book set apart from other paranormal romances.
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