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The Gift
     

The Gift

4.6 7
by Deb Stover
 

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Beth Dearborn’s gift—the ability to sense any violent death that has occurred in a dwelling—has been more of a curse to her, causing an emotional breakdown that changed her life. The last thing she needs is an overwhelming attraction to a handsome widower whose insurance claim she is investigating, or the sense that his dead wife was murdered in

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Beth Dearborn’s gift—the ability to sense any violent death that has occurred in a dwelling—has been more of a curse to her, causing an emotional breakdown that changed her life. The last thing she needs is an overwhelming attraction to a handsome widower whose insurance claim she is investigating, or the sense that his dead wife was murdered in her own home.

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ISBN-13:
9780505526069
Publisher:
Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
293
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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Gift 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Caffey More than 1 year ago
Heroine Beth Dearborn, a recovering alcoholic and working in a newer career as an insurance investigator, hoped that this change in jobs, formerly a homicide detective, would hold back her gift she has been guarding for three years. Beth's gift is to use all her senses when she's reliving what the victim of homicide has. The suffering Beth experience from visually seeing what the predicament, hearing what transpires and being the audience to hearing all including the voices and mind of the criminal, made her 'gift' of hers become her curse. Beth too has strong reactions with her gift when thunderstorms are occurring. They grip her in ways that she loses conscious. She had hoped the changing her career would help repress these episodes as she takes on an assignment to settle a missing person case to declare the victim as deceased. Her gift returns with fierceness as she investigates the disappearance of Ty's wife's and mother of his children. But too, the love Beth grows to feel for Ty and his children too comes with a force that opens up hope, love and life back to her. Our hero Ty Malone is a single cowboy living on a ranch in a small town of Brubaker Tennessee As a loner within himself, giving little to his own needs, his attention, plans and life are for his three children. As he attempts to let go of the history and rumors surrounding the disappearance of his wife eight years ago, he's determined to have his wife, Lorilee declared dead. As Beth is stranded on his ranch, Ty reluctantly accepts the need for Beth to investigate his wife's disappearance for the insurance coverage. Ty planned to close this chapter of his life, knowing some answers may never come to fruition but was unprepared for his reaction to Beth. At the get go their feelings for each other become feverish. He's enamored to seduce Beth but too comes to fall in love with her. As they both seek so many answers in life, together they anchor each other through their healing with a heightened thriller and warm and tender romance. Reading THE GIFT by Deb Stover, so captured me with vivid feelings of a beautiful and exciting romance reading Beth and Ty's romance! The buildup of the drama and the increasing tension of the romance was so potent and pure. I was full of emotions with smiling at their love for one another and tears of the pain they both went through. Both characters had so much growth in this story. Beth had so much to overcome with her past addiction and her gift and Ty with his healing through the lost of his wife for his children and the ability to move on with his love for Beth. There is so much more to this story that I often went back through this review and took out parts so that the reader will too read the surprises and drama that's in store through the events of this book. Long after I read this book many parts of the story and scenes returned to my mine, time after time. But even more, the feelings that overcame me, remained with me, still today. The empathic gift that Beth had to feel the victim brought forward a story where the reader will too feel so much empathy for every one of the characters, including Pearl, keeper in house and Ty's children. As strong as the romance was, the plot and story of the suspense and paranormal theme was captivating. Beth's gift of her living through the spirits of victims was at times chilling and others as heartbreaking. Highly recommend!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Although she blames her paranormal gift for the her loss of her job, former Chicago homicide detective Beth Dearborn knows alcohol cost her that needed edge, but she used it to numb the dreaded extrasensory feeling of a violent death. She is a recovering alcoholic, who obtained work as an insurance investigator. Seven years ago in Brubaker, Tennessee, Lorilee Brubaker-Malone vanished without a trace. Her teenage daughter persuades her father to have Lorilee declared legally dead and file a life insurance claim with Avery Mutual Insurance. Almost from the moment she meets the father and daughter tandem, Beth senses a restless spirit. She wonders if that could be Lorilee. When a bridge collapses stranding Beth, Ty takes her in. Attracted to him and liking his children, Beth continues to dig for the truth encouraged by something or someone from beyond but knows a mortal is the one trying to kill her. This is an exciting romantic suspense thriller starring a wonderful female protagonist who struggles with dealing with her unique gift that she believes is a curse even turning to alcohol to numb the feelings. The supporting cast in Brubaker are stereotypical small southern townsfolk who use Miss not Ms; surprisingly that enhances the plot of the exciting paranormal investigative romance filled with spins as the northern invader keeps finding clues that make Ty seem guilty of spousal homicide yet not satisfying the spirit that haunts her since she entered the Malone home. Harriet Klausner
Joe-L More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Very easy to read and keeps you going through the end. I found myself rooting for the characters.
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