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The Gift of Joy by [Maarten, Valerie]
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About the Author

Valerie Maarten has been writing ever since she discovered that letters made sounds and a combination of letters made words. It wasn't until recently that she decided to share her work. She can generally be found with pen and paper in hand, scribbling the next storyline or reading one of her many “favorite” authors. Although she has an eclectic taste in what she reads, there isn't a romance sub-genre that she will pass up. She currently lives in Orlando, FL with her three sons, plotting to write the next story in her head that needs to be told. Until then...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Write World Publishing; Adult Version edition (13 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047742RO
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,218,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 15 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written book on a tough subject... a joy! 30 May 2011
By CandysRaves (and Rants) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I noticed this book earlier this year, but - and I'll be honest there - the cover was just uninspired and uninteresting. It wasn't until I saw the description somewhere that I realized that it was totally something I would read. I purchased it early last month and earlier this month the author contacted me asking for a review. I took that as a sign and told her I'd already purchased it on my own and would read it - figured I'm supposed to read it since it kept catching my eye...

Wow. This is such a well written book. As a child that grew up in a family with domestic abuse, it's almost cathartic at times, as strange that may sound. At times, though, the authors make me cringe. It's obvious they either have never experience what they are writing or haven't done their homework. This author hit it on the head. The feelings that Joy exhibits at a child are right on. Happy that her mom is letting her "get away" with something and guilt when they get caught. Her actions as an adult further show this author's homework was well done - the trust issues, the forced isolation, the burning need to help others in the same situation, etc. I think this was the stand out for me for this book. How true it felt. I kept reminding myself that it was NOT a memoir. It was fiction.

The story is sweet, but very very predictable. This isn't a mystery and the author pretty much guides you where she's going. In some ways I kind of was hoping for some sort of shift there so that it didn't go how it was obviously heading, you know?

I saw a few grammar/spelling errors, but nothing too awful terrible. If there were others, I was entirely too wrapped up in the story to care - which I suppose is the whole point anyway.

The author handles the subject of domestic abuse well, nothing is too graphic, but it's graphic enough to feel real and make you follow the storyline. None of it is gratuitous and the vast majority of the story takes place once the main character is an adult and revolves around her life today. And, yes, it's a romance.

It's really sad that this book has this cover - I'm not sure what it should have been, but this one makes it fade into the background of other books - it really deserves something that reaches out and grabs the reader. Let's face it, we all pretty much judge books by their cover.

I would highly recommend this book to those that enjoy women's fiction with a warning that it does have some tough subject matter, but is mostly an uplifting (yet not religious) story of hope --- and of joy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Touches the Heart in all the RIGHT PLACES :-) 6 April 2012
By LadyDestinyRose - Published on Amazon.com
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A touching love story about coming to terms with the past and embracing a better tomorrow. Gabe and Joy are refreshingly real, down-to-earth people with courage and honor inside their hearts. Joy is a beautiful, sweet, caring woman who dedicated herself to helping others, but she is tormented by a heartbreaking childhood that still haunts her. The loss of her mother was a scar that never healed. Christmastime is the perfect setting for tender new beginnings between Joy and Gabe. (I loved the scene where she finally gets to play in the snow!) Her happiness is so innocent, something rarely felt until her friendship with Gabe. He is the strong arm she needed. A great story, well-told. I definitely smiled in the end!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense Romance 28 Dec. 2010
By Ruth - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a romance that tackles a very sensitive issue: domestic violence. It had some part that were gut-wrenching, like the night Joy's mother died. We see it from a child's perspective, and I don't think that is something easily pulled off so I was impressed with how the author handled it. As an adult, Joy blames herself for her mother's untimely death and works to help abused women and their children. Joy was easy to like, and I thought she was realistic. Having gone through all she did as a child, it was no wonder she was burdened with guilt.

Then along comes Gabe who had grown up near her but never really knew her that well. Gabe was a sweetheart. There were no long drawn-out conflicts or misunderstandings--a definite plus in my opinion. I don't care much for romances where the whole book is full of couples arguing or not understanding what the other person meant, and sadly, I see this too much in romance books. This was not that kind of romance. The author gave me time to care about the couple before they confessed their feelings for each other. When the couple had their misunderstanding, it was resolved quickly.

Overall, this was a heartwarming book. I wanted a happy ending after all Joy had been through, and I wasn't disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites 26 Dec. 2016
By LAURY. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is well written, great progression, great heroine and hero. Poignant and deep, full of hope and some magic. Love it and have reread it.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Christmas Story! 19 Oct. 2010
By Teresa Tio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What a great story! I bought/read it over the weekend, (wept) and thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Maarten's writing.

Joy was a great character, she grew in the story like all heroines should, and I didn't once want to slap her character silly.

Gabe was also a great character, nice hero, and I also didn't once want to slap him silly! (His sisters were a whole different story:')

There was just enough pathos in the story that my husband had to bring over the tissue because I wouldn't stop reading and put down my Kindle... Don't get me wrong, just because I'm a weeper doesn't mean that this isn't a wonderful story. As we get closer to the holidays I will probably re-read it.

There's nothing like the girl/boy next door to make you take a deep, romantic breath!
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