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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2013
The Unexpected Gift tells the story of two families whose lives are shattered by two tragic events occurring within a few months of each other. Despite his shaken faith, Dr. Scott Benson, local veterinarian, strives to guide his daughter Rachel in her adjustment to blindness and short-term memory loss resulting from an auto accident that kills her mother. Shannon Martin, who now volunteers at a local therapeutic riding center, struggles with learning to trust again after the suicidal death of her fiance, Todd Trent. When Shannon, who is blind herself, begins tutoring young Rachel in braille, romance between Scott and Shannon blossoms.
Meanwhile, a web of suspicion and turmoil comes to light involving Jill Trent, the oldest of the Trent siblings. Jill's children do not know their biological father, so Mark Trent, their uncle, helps the now nearly grown children as they struggle to live a different kind of life despite their mother's choices.
The fledgling romance between Scott and Shannon and the Trent family's battle with Jill's drug addiction collide in a series of shocking events that reveal deception, blackmail, and murder. Who is behind the crimes? Will the romance between Scott and Shannon last? Can the Trent family finally experience reconciliation? Find out how each character learns to rely on God for direction.
Celia Hartmann5 Stars Out Of 5Hard to put down!June 4, 2013Celia HartmannQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I'm so glad that on the day I purchased this book that I had finished the previous book I was reading. I had a hard time putting this down. I got caught up in the compelling characters and their lives. The characters in this book are realistic and credible. I loved the sweet romance that develops between Scott and Shannon. When I was done reading, I was left with wanting to know what happens with some of the other characters in the story......I'm hoping there will be a sequel (or that it will become a series!).
I will be recommending to my friends and anyone who loves contemporary Christian fiction. While it does deal with some mature themes (drug-abuse, suicide, etc.), they are handled well, and I will also be giving it to my teen girls to read so that we can discuss some of these themes.