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The Gift

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  134 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Beth Dearborn's gift to sense any violent death that has occurred in a dwelling has been more of a curse, causing an emotional breakdown that changes her life. The last thing she needs is an attraction to a handsome widower whose insurance claim she's investigating, or the sense that his dead wife had been murdered in her own home. Original.
Paperback, 293 pages
Published December 20th 2009 by Love Spell
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Jeanette Stingley
Nov 05, 2009 Jeanette Stingley rated it really liked it
Award winning author Deb Stone's new release crosses over into the paranormal romance fiction genre. The Gift is a tale about ex-Chicago police officer Beth Dearborn who has a special yet hard to live with gift. She is able to make contact with spirits of murder victims to solve their cases. Unfortunately she must relive the murder from start to end to have the truth reveiled to her.

Beth's gift caused her to turn to alcohol to deal with being exposed to the murders. She eventually leaves the pol
Mar 02, 2011 Cathiecaffey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 crimi ...more
Apr 10, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I really enjoyed it - it's an adult novel not usually what I read but I really like it, only one nice sex scene - but hey for someone who does YA mostly it was kinda nice...

Had a good story that kept me engaged! :)
Jan 02, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed this book. There was a lot of mystery and I may have understood the character a little more because I work in insurance and the main character was an insurance investigator. It was worth reading.
Apr 28, 2013 Pam rated it it was amazing
I read this in two days It has a bit of everything, Ex detective who's an empathic insurance investigator,love, sex and murder a real roller coaster and a very enjoyable read.
Julianna Foster
Feb 18, 2012 Julianna Foster rated it liked it
Right now, I think this book is pretty good. It's a little mystery and a little romance, which for me is the perfect blend for a book.
Grace Alaye
Nov 03, 2013 Grace Alaye rated it it was amazing
omfg soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo NYA! loved it
Paranormal Romance
The heroine is a resigned homicide detective and a recovering alcoholic. Her strong psychic gifts drove her to drink and she's been running from them every since. She now works for an insurance agency investigating life insurance claims. There she meets the hero. He's a single father of 3 children whose wife vanished 7 years ago. On behalf of his children and his own peace of mind, he's hired the heroine to look into the truth of his wife's disappearance. Is she really in France as everyone beli ...more
Jan 22, 2010 Linda rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no
Recommended to Linda by: browsing library shelves
**Spoiler** Just browsing through the library shelves and picked up this book because I never read author Deb Stover before. This was an easy super read. Ex-homocide detective and recovering alcoholic, Elizabeth Dearborn changed careers to work as an insurance investigator for fraud for Avery Mutual. Her recent assignment takes her to Brubaker, TN. She is investigating insurance claim on a supposedly dead wife of Tyrone Malone. Lorilee Malone has been missing for 7 years and her body has never t ...more
Jane Stewart
Sep 28, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it it was ok
Psychic investigator meets sexy farmer. The plot and events were not well done. Character development could have been better.

Beth has a psychic gift. When she enters the scene of a murder, she experiences the murder through the victim’s eyes (reliving it). She was a successful Chicago homicide detective because of this gift, but it tore her up emotionally, and she quit the police force, avoided using the gift and became a drunk. She eventually quit drinking, has been sober for three
May 14, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok
Whilst the premise of this drew me in, I found that instead of dark, twisted narrative I was expecting I got a lighthearted, shallow and very predictable story with strong hints of Mills and Boon from days gone by! Not meaty enough for me by far and much to twee...torn between a 2* and 3* rating. Oh & I've never known a newborn foal to be up and suckling as quickly as 'Stormy', not in ten years of breeding!! Nor are they born dapple grey...
connie luton
Jan 16, 2015 connie luton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A paranormal romance

Exciting,fast pace murder mystery. I will read a few more of her books.
Why would the most decorated homicide detective in Chicago history quit her dream job?
You will need to read this novel to find out.
Feb 19, 2015 Mallory rated it liked it
I wish there had been more use of Beth's gift, but I still enjoyed it. It was more of a love story than I thought it would be going in.
Dec 14, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it
The mystery part was ok - but this is really more of a cheap romance story with the two main characters lusting for each other.
I really enjoyed this little book!

It has some mystery, some romance, some sexual tension, ghosts... And I think it's written quite well too, nice, quick read!
Heroine is an ex-cop insurance investigator looking into the disappearance of a woman who may or may not be dead. The husband's turned in the insurance claim, but there's some doubt as to the woman's status. Hubby thinks she's dead, Daddy thinks she's run off. Heroine's "gift" involves reliving murders and violent death, which drove her to alcoholism, which she is now recovering from, by staying far away from ghosts. On the way into town, she has a flat, which is fixed by the guy whose claim she ...more
Nov 18, 2014 Rhiannon rated it really liked it
Couldn't put it down, thoroughly enjoyed it
Dragonpoetikfly Poetry
Jul 11, 2015 Dragonpoetikfly Poetry rated it it was amazing
What an exciting psychic paranormal suspense!! The romance was weird in a way that Beth came in to Ty's life, when he still has these unresolved feelings about his wife's disappearance/death. I've never heard a medium or psychic being called an "Empathetic". What a new revelation of diaspora in that realm of genetics. The mystery was pretty much solved by the 17th chapter, but it was well written how the outcome wrapped up in a nutshell. I think if you want romance, mystery, and paranormal entit ...more
Nov 03, 2015 Aria rated it did not like it
Shelves: hall-of-shame
DNF at chapter one. The heroine spends several paragraphs insulting the south & southern people. When one offers to help fix her flat tire, she's actually annoyed - until she sees he's "hot" and suddenly all his intrinsic southern-ness is forgiven, even if it includes inbreeding. Clearly, the heroine is a narcissistic, shallow bigot. And just like that, I'm done.
May 11, 2011 Doris rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who is into bodice rippers
Recommended to Doris by: found it on a bargain shelf
This was interesting with a different twist on the ghost whisperer theme. Our heroine sees and talks with ghosts, but the flaw is she only sees murder victims, and she has to go through their murder to send them on.

A good read, but too much sexual detail and not enough detecting. (I did read it again in Feb 2011; still a good read etc)
The BookWhisperer
May 17, 2010 The BookWhisperer rated it it was ok
This novel seemed very over exaterated. The relationship aspect between Ty and Elizabeth did not seem very real to me. I had trouble following the story line, because it seemed more about the sexual content, than a good story with a sexual twist.
Oct 10, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
Fun read. I really enjoy paranormal books that focus on ghosts. I figured out early on that the stepmother was responsible but I did enjoy the way the realization came about for the other characters in the book. Worth the read.
Nov 03, 2011 Andrea rated it did not like it
I love a good paranormal romance but I just couldn't get into these characters. Maybe I'm just getting too old for this kind of book :(

Isabel Tomlinson
Jul 18, 2013 Isabel Tomlinson rated it it was ok
Interesting idea but not particularly well executed. Wasn't really a fan of this author's style.
Jul 14, 2013 Kiran rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing - not a bad storyline but just not very well written.
Angie Agerter
Jul 25, 2011 Angie Agerter rated it liked it
A great mix of romance & mystery. Enjoyed this little read.
May 04, 2010 Elizabeth_agd rated it it was ok
Interesting personal gifts twist to a romance novel.
Dec 05, 2011 Theresa rated it liked it
Enjoyed reading. Something I won't read again.
Linda Gray
Oct 29, 2013 Linda Gray rated it liked it
Your basic mystery romance.
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At the tender age of four, Deb Stover declared her candidacy to become the first female President of the United States. She took a detour to play Lois Lane along the way, and penned her first Letter to The Editor at age eleven. The Lois Lane gig suited her well, so she stuck with it for a while, but she couldn't bring herself to blow Clark Kent's cover for the Big Story. She actually fell in love ...more
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