The Gift of Joy

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When Joy was a little girl that believed in wishes, she had one wish for Santa. It was a selfish wish that caused her to lose an important person in her life. Now all she wishes for is…THE GIFT OF REDEMPTION

Gabriel spent his childhood ignoring the lonely girl across the street, but could never keep her from his mind. After reuniting, she gives him the greatest gift. THE GIFT OF JOY

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  • Category: Fiction » Holiday » Family
  • Words: 46,510
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781452481289
About Valerie Maarten

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...


The Gift of Joy
When forgiveness, redemption, and love is the only cure to heal the scars from the past...

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Review by: Lapdog Books on Dec. 9, 2011 :
The gift of joy was a poignant and moving holiday story of a woman afraid to live and be happy because of a childhood filled with fear and repression. Living with the memory of her mother's murder by the hands of her own father, Joy lives alone and lonely. By day she helps those who are going through similar situations of violence, by running a shelter for women and children, and by night she dreams of the boy next door who she has loved from afar her entire life.
I enjoyed the story very much. It was a sweet love story with a few scenes of hot passion and a very cute ending. The author did a good job of bringing the reader into the lives of these two people and making their emotions come alive.
I don't know if this is an earlier edition that I downloaded, but it could use some editing. I found the switch in present tense and past tense disconcerting at times and a few missing words, but overall a good read.
A perfect romance for the holidays!
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)
Review by: Stephanie on Nov. 24, 2011 :
The Gift of Joy centers area Joy and Gabe. Two people who are neighbors and met when they were young. They may have been neighbors, but they barely knew each other because of one person. One very mean and violet person.

We first meet Joy when she is just 6 years old and Gabe comes to her rescue. From that day on, she finds a friend and childhood crush in Gabe. Joy is raised in an abusive home, her father beats her mother. He has strict rules that Joy is not allowed to play with other kids, let alone play outside. One day, Joy’s mother lets her play outside while her father is sleeping. When a fight breaks out between two boys because of Joy, her father comes outside to threaten the kids. He tells them they are not allowed to play with Joy or even wave to her.

Fast forward 20 years and Joy is a grown woman living in her childhood home. She still thinks of Gabe. Through the years, they always thought of one another. While he is visiting his mother and sisters, Gabe and Joy reconnect. They discover each other’s feelings and become closer.

Gabe and Joy were two innocent kids when they met and realize their true feelings as adults. What kept them apart is in the past and now they are able to focus on the present.

The Gift of Joy is a sweet and loving romance novel. This is the perfect book to read during the holidays or even when you are feeling down. This book will lift your spirits and warm your heart.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: Joleene Naylor on Feb. 21, 2011 :
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.
(reviewed 83 days after purchase)
Review by: patti gillespie on Jan. 23, 2011 : (no rating)
great book and great author
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)

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