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Daniel's Gift
     

Daniel's Gift

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by Barbara Freethy
 

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Reckless Youth

In her impetuous summer of love, Jenny St. Claire found Luke Sheridan—her dashing knight in intern's scrubs. But as a fast-track future and rigid, ambitious parents drove passion out of Luke's life. And the summer ended, leaving Jenny with a broken heart...and a beautiful son, Danny, to help mend it.

Love Reclaimed

Years later it is

Overview

Reckless Youth

In her impetuous summer of love, Jenny St. Claire found Luke Sheridan—her dashing knight in intern's scrubs. But as a fast-track future and rigid, ambitious parents drove passion out of Luke's life. And the summer ended, leaving Jenny with a broken heart...and a beautiful son, Danny, to help mend it.

Love Reclaimed

Years later it is tragedy that reunited them—the father whom a son longs to know, and the mother who has tried desperately to forget. And as Luke and Jenny struggle to ignore the pain and desire reborn in a look and a touch, only the remarkable courage of a young boy—and the help of a rather unorthodox guardian angel—can offer them the most precious gift of all: a second chance at the love of a lifetime.

Author Biography:

Since turning her attention to fiction writing in 1988, Barbara Freethy has sold fifteen novels. For a former public relations professional and freelance business writer, fifteen novels is a dream come true.

Barbara most enjoys writing books about love and family with a little bit of magic. Her first novel for Avon Books, Daniel's Gift, a poignant tale about a little boy and his estranged parents, won the RITA award and has been optioned for a television movie. Barbara is currently working on her seventh novel for Avon.

Barbara resides in Northern California with her husband and two children.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A warm, moving story of the power of love." —Debbie Macomber, New York TImes bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780996946476
Publisher:
Hyde Street Press
Publication date:
09/01/2016
Pages:
431
Sales rank:
330,229
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Read an Excerpt

I want to meet my dad." Twelve-year-old Danny St. Claire stood in the doorway to the kitchen, his blond hair tousled from sleep, his eyes drowsy but determined.

The glass of orange juice slipped from Jenny's fingers and crashed to the floor. "Your father?"

"I want to talk to him, Mom."

"Danny—-"

"I want to ask him if he ever played shortstop. I want to know how tall he was when he was my age. I want to know when he started to shave." A curl fell down over Danny's right eye, and he flipped it back off his face in disgust. "I want to know if his hair is straight now."

"Danny, please." Jenny shook her head in despair. "We've talked about this before. I know it's difficult for you to understand that a man might not want to have a child. Maybe when you're older..."

"I'm old enough. I'm his kid. He should know me."

Danny stuck out his chin in a show of stubbornness that was exactly like his father—if he only knew it. A sudden pain cut across Jenny's heart.

She walked over to the counter, giving herself time to think. The toaster popped up two slices of wheat bread. She buttered them set them on a plate', and returned to the table with a pleading smile. "Eat your breakfast. We'll talk about this after school."

"You won't have time after school. You'll be at work. You're always at work."

"I'm sorry, but I do the best I can, Danny. I think you could be a little more understanding."

"Rob's mother stays home all day. And his dad is taking him camping this weekend," Danny said, throwing out a challenge that was impossible to beat.

"Are you deliberately trying to make me feel guilty? I'm doing my best. What do youwant me to say?"

"Nothing. Forget it." Danny slid out of his chair.

"Aren't you going to eat?"

"I'm not hungry."

Jenny sighed as Danny left the room. She hated to disappoint him, but lately that's all she seemed to do. Working eight hours a day at McDougal's Market,trying to build a jewelry-making business on the side,then keeping up with thhe hoouse, the cooking, and the cleaning didn't leave much time for play.

Picking up a sponge, she cleaned up the mess on the floor and packed Danny's lunch. When she went into the living room, Danny was stuffing his homework into his backpack with an expression so woebegone he looked more like six than twelve.

His drooping mouth caught at Jenny's heart. It reminded her of simpler times, when Danny hadn't thought beyond his next cookie. He was growing up fast, too fast, asking questions she didn't want to answer, wanting things he couldn't have—like his father.

She was losing her child, her baby, and she couldn't bear the thought.

"Runner on first," Jenny said.

Danny looked up"Huh?"

"Runner on first Two outs. Two strikes, one ball. What's the pitch?"

A reluctant smile spread across Danny's face. "The heater."

"No curve?"

He shook his head. "Blow some smoke, Mom."

Jenny drew back her arm, Danny's sack lunch Cclutched in her hand. "The runner steals. The pitcher turns. She throws." Jenny hurled the bag across the room.

Danny caught it and dropped to the floor, tagging an imaginary runner. "You're out."

"Nice play."

"Nice throw—for a girl."

Jenny walked over and pushed the cowlick down at the comer of Danny's head.

He brushed her hand away. "Aw, Mom."

"Hug me good-bye?" she asked hopefully.

Danny rolled his eyes, but did allow her one quick squeeze. It wasn't enough. She was lucky to get that much.

Danny paused at the front door. "Can we go to the mall this weekend? I want to buy a gift for your birthday."

Jenny looked at her son for a long moment, not sure if she should be touched by his thoughtfulness or impressed by his ability to manipulate her. The quirk at the comer of his mouth gave him away. "Nice try, kiddo. Is Sportsworld having a sale?"

"Come to think of it..."

"We'll see."

"That means no."

"That means, we'll see. Maybe Alan can go with us."

Danny made a face at the mention of Jenny's boyfriend. "Forget it."

"Come on, Danny, give Alan a chance. He's trying."

"Yeah right Danny hiked up his too-big blue jeansunder his too big sweatshirt and placed his San Francisco Giants baseball cap on backward.

Jenny sent him an affectionate look. Even though his clothes were atrocious, his attitude worse, he was still her kid, and underneath all that adolescent armor beat a tender and loving heart. She just had to remember that.

"You do understand about your father, don't you?" she asked.

Danny looked her in the eye. "No, I don't understand. I have a right to know my father. Kids are supposed to have two parents."

"I wish it could have been different."

"Don't you want to know what happened to him, Mom? Dont you care about him at all?" Danny didn't wait for an answer. He ran down the steps, across the grass, and disappeared from view.

Jenny walked out to the sidewalk to pick up her morning paper. The street was quiet and peaceful, just a block from the Pacific Ocean. It was a working-class neighborhood with small one-story homes, neatly kept yards, and plenty of bikes, skateboards, and soccer balls to keep the kids happy. There wasnt a lot of money in this part of town, but there was a lot of pride and a lot of love.

As she turned to go back to the house, Jenny saw her elderly neighbor Grade Patterson digging in her garden.

Meet the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of 52 novels ranging from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Traditionally published for many years, Barbara opened her own publishing company in 2011 and has since sold over 6.5 million copies of her books. Nineteen of her titles have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists. In July of 2014, Barbara was named the Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) Bestselling Author of ALL TIME! She was also the first Indie Author to sell over 1 million copies at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

An author known for writing emotional stories about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations, Barbara has received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and has also received six nominations for the RITA for Best Single Title Contemporary Romance from Romance Writers of America. She has won the honor twice for her novels Daniel's Gift and The Way Back Home. Barbara recently launched a new contemporary series, The Callaways, featuring a family born to "serve and protect". For more information, visit Barbara's website at www.barbarafreethy.com

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Daniel's Gift 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 926 reviews.
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. The writing is beautiful, the story wonderful. I can't wait for the next book to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing in so many ways. It wasn't what I expected and I liked that the author took a fresh, original approach to her story and touched on things I wasn't expecting. I was right with Jenny every step of the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book had a lot to offer, a beautiful love story, but also all the extras that I love with women's fiction, relationships and lots of emotional moments. Overall excellent read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful love story that encompasses families and secrets and choices that can't always be taken back. I loved it!
Angelita Nelson More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I must be honest, at first I wasn't expecting much as a value book but was pleasantly surprised. I laughed, I cried, and found myself glued to this book awaiting Daniel's fate. What a great story of forgiveness, romance and hope. Thanks. for the awesome read and DON'T let the price fool you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend told me to read this book and she was right, it's really, really good. Danny's story turns everyone's life upside down and how the characters fight their way through past heartache and betrayal is very well done. Highly recommend this story.
LCH47 More than 1 year ago
This is a powerful and heartwarming story of a mother / son relationship. Jen has raised Danny from birth without mentioning his existence to Danny's biological father, Luke. Danny, a teenage boy searches for his father. Upon returning to his mother from his first glance of his father's extravagant life, Danny is hit by a car and slips into a coma. The tragedy brings his mother and father together. Luke, thinking the baby, Danny, had been aborted, is shocked to learn that he has a son. Luke admires Jen's devotion and unconditional love for her son and makes Luke realize he needed to share their lives and it only gets better after that. Endearing characters and a beautiful, spiritual storyline make for a wonderful, inspiring and heartwarming read.
janekelly1 More than 1 year ago
A great book with a passionate love story and so much more! The author did an excellent job incorporating a fascinating cast of characters and an emotional, heart-wrenching plot line. I'm so glad I didn't miss this book. It's one of my favorites.
Monica42 More than 1 year ago
Touching piece of fiction. I enjoyed the book very much and am recommending it to all my friends.
llau24 More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite book. I'm telling everyone to read it, because it's a really good story. You won't be disappointed.
Kreadsalot More than 1 year ago
Emotional, evocative, touches all the senses. This is a great book!
cheergrl22 More than 1 year ago
This was such a beautifully told story. Danny's experience is so touching. And Jenny and Luke deserved a great love story. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book that will touch all of your emotions. Amazing read!
Michele36 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. Danny sets off to find the father he has never known but an accident changes the lives of everyone and secrets from the past come spilling out. This is such a beautifully written story. I don't want to spoil it by telling too much but just have to say if you love a good emotional romance, this is the book for you.
Destini Boisvert More than 1 year ago
I could not put this down! Such a touching story, it made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me believe miracles can happen. I am sure I will read this over and over again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent novel. The writing is superb. Plot line well done.
Faith47 More than 1 year ago
Dramatic story with tension, romance and a lot at stake. Makes you think, wonder, hope!
Dtyler14 More than 1 year ago
Excellent romance, life and death situation, engaging people to read about. An overall good read!
ermadean More than 1 year ago
The book had a good plot. I love that the book was inspirational about a boy with his guardian angel. I just have trouble when the reuniting of the Daniel's parents while the father was married to another woman. It was wonderful except having an affair while married. In real life that would be at a cost for another family. The author seemed to say it was alright. I realize temptation can overwhelm the common sense when you are put in certain situations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline was too cliche
Laurie Lee Herzog More than 1 year ago
I disagree it was predictable, she had me to the end and surprised me. Barbra is an excellant storyteller! Give me another week and I'll have gone through all her books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much! I couldn't put it down and definitely did not want it to end. Highly recommended!
Deb Stelling More than 1 year ago
READBYLAKESIDE review tells you who did it! I don't know why this idiot decided to spoil it for the rest of us, some people have no manners.
EmilyMo45 More than 1 year ago
My first book by this author and it was captivating. Spent all night reading it. I just had to know what was going to happen. It was totally worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intelligent and entertaining. Touching read.