This book was a delighful Christmas Novella. A father looses the love of his life, and his son all in one day. One to death, the other to his own grief. Stubborn hard hearts turn colder as time progresses till not even the shell of a father and son relationship remain. Years later a dying wish brings hope to a forsaken home, and a nurse is determined to make that wish come true. You gotta love a book historically based after the World Wars and so full of that spunk that was true to the era! The nurse edge completed that "feel" for me.
I really enjoyed this book! by the end I was in tears, not because it was so sad, but because the ending was so emotionally satisfying and beautiful! While addressing issues of betrayal, unforgiveness and destroyed relationships, the authors brought the entire book full circle redeeming everything that was broken. This is not easily done, especially in such a eloquent manner without a hint of being trite. The romance is braided with interwoven strands of hope and grace. While having a strong Christian theme, the book is not preachy, rather the Christian themes in the book are what make the book so emotionally captivating and heartfelt.
I have to admit that I am a huge fan of Rachel Van Dyken's books. If you haven't checked out her other titles, I'll post those links as well as the link to purchase "The Parting Gift."
The Parting Gift http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006DTZ28C/ref=cm_cr_error
The Ugly Duckling Debutaunte http://www.amazon.com/The-Ugly-Duckling-Debutante-ebook/dp/B005PTY15G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1322290207&sr=8-2
Every Girl Does It http://www.amazon.com/Every-Girl-Does-It-ebook/dp/B0052FZVS4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1322290207&sr=8-4