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Friday, August 5, 2011

The Gift Giver by Jennifer Hawkins Book Review and Giveaway (CLOSED)

The Gift Giver Overview:  
The sudden loss of her husband empowers a young widow to open herself to a path of true acceptance. 

An accomplished athlete, businesswoman, and mother, author Jennifer Hawkins believes she has everything, until one morning she wakes up to find her husband's lifeless body lying in their bed. Shaken to the core of her being, Jennifer struggles to put her shattered world back together, rebalancing relationships with friends, family, and her own children as she comes to grips with the vacuum created by the loss of her husband. 

Jennifer teeters on the brink of despair, until she hears a voice--a voice she never thought she would hear again. It is the voice of her husband, who in six simple words tells her of the tragedy that would have occurred had he stayed--how his leaving saved a life, one whose loss would have had ripple effects that were inconceivable. 

My Thoughts:
What a powerful book!  When my dad passed away my grandparents were deeply distraught for weeks.  I felt so powerless in that there was nothing I could do to ease their pain and my own. I walked through the hallway one evening and heard my grandmother talking.  I assumed she was on the phone so I turned back to the living room.  A little while later I returned to her room and she was sitting on the edge of the bed smiling.  She looked up at me and said, everything is going to be okay because your dad just told me so.  I hugged her and gave her a kiss and left the room thinking we should really take her to see a doctor soon.  I was told that my grandfather spoke to my dad as well that night.  I waited, but I never received any messages which to this day I still wonder why.  Maybe this is something that my grandparents minds made up for them in order to cope, or maybe, just maybe, my dad came to them knowing that it was the only way to ease their grief.

We all struggle in our own ways to cope with our losses. And who is to say whether it is right or wrong.  A visit from my dad or an image conjured up through their own grief?  All I know is from that day forward, while they both still missed my dad terribly they were able to move on with their lives.  My grandmother could be heard singing in the kitchen as she made dinner like she used to do, and my grandfather started to whittle and carve again - right up until the days they passed.

Jennifer shares how she coped with her own pain to gain control of her life in order to move forward. This is a well written heart-felt book, that I would recommend for everyone. 
Get Your Own Copy of The Gift Giver
You can purchase this book at Amazon.com for $10.17 or you can enter to win your own copy from me.

Giveaway
Thanks to Greenleaf Book Group LLC one of Victoria's Voice readers will have an opportunity to win their on copy of The Gift Giver.

GIVEAWAY RULES
Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and ends at 11:59 PM on 9/9/11.  The winner will be chosen via Random.org and will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim prize or prize will be forfeited and new winners will be selected.

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The Gift Giver was provided to me to review by the Greenleaf Book Group LLC along with a copy to giveaway to on of my readers.  I was not compensated in any way in order to provide a positive post.  All opinions are my own. For further policy disclosure please click here.

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