I don’t usually read romance, but The Gift by Barbara Avon was a beautiful, subtle story of an unexpected relationship.
The Gift is the story of two people with flaws and challenges who could potentially complete each other. They have to make some choices before they can really be whole.
I liked the characters a lot. With romance, authors occasionally make their characters too stubborn for me, causing a lot of back and forth – he loves me, he loves me not, but I felt these characters were more realistic and did what real people would do when they want to get to know each other and form a relationship.
The world was easy to see. Avon picked vivid and alluring locations which could enchant any reader. An Italian restaurant? Yes please! The bustling location was well described and well used in the story. A bakery? Yes again! Another well written and fun location. Even the locations that weren’t intended to be inviting and fun, were still well written and easy to “see” as you read.
The plot was very good for me. I love seeing people face their fears and grow and those themes were deep in the story. I also love crime fiction and this story has a crime in the background there, challenging our loves. That definitely made the story more intriguing for me!
Overall, this book had a good plot, realistic characters and palpable settings. I would recommend this book, especially to anyone who is new to romance.