The Gift was a great way to jump into some holiday reading, peppered with a bit of mystery and danger. It is part of a series set in Hart County, however, is definitely readable as a stand alone novel.
The main characters, Susanna and Neil, get off to a very rocky start. I really liked Susanna and felt so sorry for the way she and her family were being treated. I also felt for Neil, even though I was frustrated with him early on in the story. I appreciated the way the author showed his emotional growth as the book progressed. It wasn’t immediate and it was something he had to work on, yet he did realize the error of his ways and worked to make things right..
I enjoyed the two seperate romances that developed and that there were viewpoints from the characters who were involved in these relationships. It gave a well rounded feel to the story. The hint of danger and uncertainty kept me turning the pages to see if my suspicion about who was behind the the mayhem was correct.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.