A Secret Gift by Amanda James – ARC Review

A Secret Gift by Amanda James

Series: N/A

Publisher: One More Chapter (HarperCollins UK)

Expected publication: October 30th 2021

Genres: Holiday Romance

Pages: 384

Format: ARC

Buy: Amazon

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

Escape to Cornwall for an enchanting, heartwarming new novel about friendship, hope and second chances…

Three years ago, Joy Pentire lost her firefighter husband and she still hasn’t returned to the woman she once was. But then she meets Hope, one of the residents at the nursing home where she’s a carer.

Hope has a secret gift that she wants to pass on.
And Joy’s life is forever changed.

Surrounded by the community in her Cornish hometown, Joy’s unexpected inheritance soon leads to new opportunities, new friends, new love, and the part of herself she’d thought forever lost … her joy.

A heart-warming, joyful story of the power of personal connection.

Three years ago Joy Pentire lost her husband, but no matter how much time passes, her grief doesn’t seem to subdue as much as she hoped. She puts all her heart into helping the residents at the nursing home she works at. One of the residents she is particularly attached to, Hope, is at the end of her life. But before she passes, she gives Joy a jar full of pebbles with a short explanation. The pebbles change her life. As the story unfolds we see the power they wield and how much that changes Joy and her feelings towards life.

The beginning was a bit heavier and triggering than I was expecting. But after that it was overall a warm read, full of hope, faith, joy and life. It’s such a beautiful story, with such an interesting idea!

I REALLY liked the idea for his book and I wish it was real. It would be so comforting! I loved how much it impacted Joy’s life and how much it changed each character too. Sometimes people just need a little push or in this case a little pebble. I loved seeing every character get helped buy Joy in dealing with their problems. It made me smile like crazy reading it!

This book is full of love, hopefulness and good feelings. It’s such a comforting and warm read! It literally made me not want to stop reading.

I wouldn’t say I believe in the type of things this book deals with, like auras and so on. But I also can’t say I don’t believe, especially because my mother-in-law has a keen eye to see under the surface and feel things others often don’t. She is also very sensitive to for example full moons, so I guess I really can’t say I don’t believe in anything?

Overall the book revolves around the pebbles, so some moments are easy to foresee, but that didn’t cut my enjoyment at all. I loved Cornwall and Joy and her life. And I especially loved her gift and how much she tried to help others. Definitely a surprising read for me and I’m incredibly glad I got the chance to read it.

TG: attempted suicide, domestic abuse, grief, lost of a loved one.

What did you think of it? Have you read it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

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