Trish Ingram works hard to maintain the perfect suburban household- or, at least, the appearance of one. By managing her outer world with lavish attention and rigid control, she’s able to ignore and conceal the darkness of her inner world, which is plagued by traumatic childhood memories of loss. Her terminally ill sister-in-law, Jamie, sees through the facade and reaches out in love to Trish, inspiring her to seek a more meaningful life and a more authentic self. But the childhood scars run deep, and despite Trish’s best efforts, she’s unable to be the wife and mother her family needs. Devastated by the departure of her husband and daughter, Trish faces the challenge and opportunity of a lifetime. She desires to move forward in faith, but this desire alone cannot mend her family’s shattered trust. The hollow realm of denial and fear has been her safe haven. To confront pain and transcend the shadows of her past will require a level of courage she’s not sure she possesses. This gripping and hopeful story of familial love and conflict tenderly reminds us that forgiveness-of self and others-is both a difficult choice and a precious gift.
This book has a powerful message of the importance of unconditionally loving others and ourselves. Trish appears to have the perfect life but appearances can be deceiving. This book slowly revealed secrets of Trish’s past that she had kept hidden from everyone including her husband and daughter. As Trish faces her past she learns that some secrets had even been kept from her. Coming to understand herself and her past helps Trish to find the peace and happiness she was longing for.
My Gift to You is author Lori Nawyn’s first novel. This book was billed as a Christmas book but I think it could easily be read year round. It was much more of a family drama set in the month of December than a Christmas story.
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: From Author For Review