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So, random Amazon prime borrow (Kindle Owner's Lending Library) -- a freebie, self-/indie published and a shorter length work that I really wound up enjoying.
Not really sure why beyond liking the heroine. It threw so much at you at once that I'm not sure I have a handle on the story, the series or the worldbuilding. But just go with it; action-packed and full of pretty much everything supernatural, paranormal or fairy-tale-ish.
Not sure yet why series is called Dragon's Gift or Valkyrie. No Valkyries yet. The main character and her sister's powers are still unknown at end of this one.
Probably the best review I can give this is that I plan on reading the next novella in the series.
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Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:
★★★★★ = All Time Favorite
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average. Okay.
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking. (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews. Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)
Pride can be a person's best friend or worst enemy. The Wedding Gift is a delightful tale of the pitfalls of ego and the rewards of humbleness. There are moments when the best lessons can only be taught by the experiences of life. For Kenzie and Clayton, one look told them everything they needed to know.
I started reading this because it was free from Amazon Prime. I was only a little way in and already thinking, "Great, another book where the heroine loses all her brains because the hero it a hottie". Multiple lines talking about how gorgeous he is and how much she's attracted to him did nothing to dispel this. Then I read, "So he liked good music. I didn't want to like that about him, but I did. Of course. Because I was an idiot easily swayed by my hormones." And with that, the whole book flips. I started noticing that she actually talked to people rather than trying to do everything herself in a misguided notion of protecting friends. I saw that people acknowledged and relied on her abilities and she was neither surprised or embarrassed by this. I saw that it wasn't just sexual tension that drives the story or the interaction between the main characters. The plot wasn't complex and the writing was not Tolkien level intensity, but the story was good and the characters engaging. The one thing I had a major issue with was that interspersed in the book were references to the past that made me feel like I was reading the second book in a series and was missing the background of the first book. That was rather jolting but hopefully the episodes are explained more fully in the following books and with a more natural transition during the story.
Phoebe's Gift is book 2 in the Peace in the Valley Series by Jerry S Eicher. Phoebe Lapp is our main character in this book. The book is a bt confusing at first but once the story gets moving it was well worth the read.
Phoebe's moves to her beloved Grandmother's farm to care for when she becomes sick. After her Grandmother passes away and it is up to her to take care of things. After her Grandmother's passing she learns of her dream of running a pony farm to help English children who have been abused. She also learns that her Grandmother's neighbors David and his sister Ruth were to help her run the farm. Now Phoebe has to decide on what to do. Keep the farm idea or bury her Grandmother's dreams as well a David and Ruth's or to make a go of the farm.
On top of deciding what to do about the farm she learns that Ruth is considering jumping the fence and going to live in the English world. She also learns that David has started to have feelings for her. All of this on a woman with no self esteem.
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