2020 has been a challenging year – I don’t think I need to convince you of that. For some of us, 2020 was supposed to be the year we FINALLY did it. When we finally saw our dreams realized of becoming traditionally published authors.
But it hasn’t exactly been an easy year to release a book into the world.
No book signings. No in person launch parties. No book tours or book talks.
Nothing that resembled the kind of year many of us expected it to be as we put the final touches on our books.
So, instead – we got together for support and encouragement. And two of our amazing members put this holiday gift guide together – a book and suggested pairings.
Have a book lover to buy for? Flip through our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide to find something for the bookworm(s) in your life.
Tissue alert! This novel will tug at your heart strings and tears may flow – especially as the story comes to an end.
This is the first time I’ve read something by Amanda Cox and it definitely won’t be the last.
I love the author’s engaging voice. She was able to pull me right into her story world as she recounts the early beginnings of an abandoned baby who earns the name of Ivy. The story bounces between her tragic start and her life as a twenty-four year old counsellor – her first few months of life of which she is blissfully unaware.
The death of her grandmother provides Ivy with the chance to escape an abusive relationship and learn about the power of love, strength of family and how our humble beginnings can shape the rest of our lives.
Each character is so wonderfully created that each one goes through something the reader can relate to. A devoted pastoral couple struggling with infertility. A widowed mother who lost her son to suicide and her husband to cancer. A homeless man who becomes a ghost in the night so no child – or person – will ever feel alone when tragedy strikes.
I could gush about this story, but it’s best if you go grab a copy for yourself.
You won’t regret it.
I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.