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Blaine Graham lost his mother at the tender age of eleven. Grief over the loss drove a wedge between him and his father, and soon proved too difficult for him to deal with. At the age of sixteen, he falsified his papers and made the trip across the border into Canada with his best friend to join the Royal Canadian Air Force and enter the war in Europe as a pilot. Ten years ...more
Kindle Edition, 110 pages
Published November 24th 2011 by Astraea Press
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Jan 07, 2012 Seriously Reviewed rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I do not know if this review will give appropriate justice to not only the storyline but the presentation. The Parting Gift is a story of heartfelt emotion. The emotion is not subject to one area but it covers all areas from joy, love, laughter, new found discoveries to loss and heartache. Leah Sanders has done more than an excellent job of bringing out the emotions of human beings in the purest of forms.


The story begins with the funeral of Emily Graham, wife to David Graham and mother
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Laura
May 14, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
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This is my first book that I've read by Van Dyken and I really enjoy her writing style. She has great character development and dialogue and I found myself absorbed in the storyline. I think my only complaint is that I wanted it to be longer. I felt like it wrapped up too fast.
Sandy Wilbanks
Jul 12, 2012 Sandy Wilbanks rated it really liked it
Very touching story! Loved it!
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
May 18, 2014 Yvonne (Fiction Books) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Yvonne (Fiction Books) by: Astraea Press Publisher
"Two Inspired Authors, One Emotional And Thought Provoking Book"

The synergy and collaborative thinking between two independent authors, coming together to co-write something as difficult as the short novella, must be something very special.

Rachel and Leah have pulled this off spectacularly with `The Parting Gift', to produce:- A compact novella which manages to incorporate a well-defined beginning, middle and end; an escapist and not too overly emotional read, which still manages to incorporate
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Ashley
Jul 15, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of the most emotional reads that I've had in a while. I was only in Prologue and the tears were already there.

Blaine Graham lost his mother at the age of eleven and his father was so blinded by pain that it made them distant from one another. Blaine couldn't take it anymore so he ran away at 16 years old and made ends meet and he ended up being a member of Royal Canadian Air Force. Fast forward, ten years later, he receives a telegram telling him that his father is dying an
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Ashlyn Torres
Sep 11, 2012 Ashlyn Torres rated it it was ok


As far as stories go, I really enjoyed this book. However, I thought it was poorly written. The premise was wonderful, but I just wished a better writer would have done it. The characters were not believable at all. It just seemed like they had no real personality. Reading this book was like watching one of those really old corny romance movies where the women swoon, and the men fall head over heels in love with the beautiful blond. I really liked all the talk about how the lord can change your
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Nellie
Feb 18, 2013 Nellie rated it liked it
Good, clean, and fun. It seemed short. No cussing and no steamy scenes. Uuhhh, kind of lacking in the "building a relationship" part. No deep conversations, and no real interaction to create the relationship. But, maybe that was the shortness of it. I was not my favorite Van Dyken book, but it was a sweet, clean romance.
Nancy Metsch
Dec 12, 2013 Nancy Metsch rated it it was amazing
I was floored by this book. It made me cry on and off through the whole thing. I loved how Blaine was able to forgive David. It took alot from Blaine too come around which really was so sad. But in the end he found happiness.....Thumbs up too another amazing book by my favorite Arther :-)
Kayla
Jun 15, 2013 Kayla rated it it was amazing
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This is definitely a must read book. It brought me to tears of both sadness and joy in the end ( the first book to ever do that ) I would Definitely read it again.
Becky
Jul 20, 2013 Becky rated it liked it
Meh. The sap was way too thick for me, and there wasn't much depth to the characters or their relationship.
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Self-righteous and trite. I gave up at the beginning of the third chapter.
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