The Gift of Joy by Valerie Maarten

(I actually read and reviewed this some time ago on another blog, but since I am de-cluttering, I wanted to move it here.)

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.

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