This book was written in typical Dee Henderson fashion...it is a book that is hard to put down, you are glued to it till the conclusion.
Can't go wrong with Dee Henderson. I've never read one of her books that I didn't enjoy.
Author: Dee Henderson
Weary missionary James Graham comes home on medical leave. He meets the young woman who has been sending him care packages, Rachel Ashcroft, and his spirits lift. At the same time, he senses the deep grief Rachel carries, and his missionary work takes a different turn. God's Gift is a reprint of Henderson's second novel, first published but little noticed in 1998. It's worth purchasing because of the large following Henderson has developed since.
"Henderson has steadily built a name for herself . . . intriguing . . . insightful and probing." Publisher's Weekly
Missionary work in Africa was the most difficult and faith-affirming work James Graham had ever faced, and warm, homey presents from a Good Samaritan back home gave him the hope he needed to carry on. But an injury brought his work to a sudden halt and sent him home to Chicago. There, James met the women who'd sent those thoughtful gifts...
Thirty-five-year-old James Graham is back in Chicago fresh off six years in the mission field, but not by choice. A bug bite in Africa has left him with a severe, arthritis-like condition that comes and goes, leaving his joints stiff and swollen, and James finds he is unable to continue building clinics for impoverished communities until his body recovers.
The women in Henderson's novels usually have strong personalities and surprising careers, and those in GOD'S GIFT is no exception. Almost immediately, we meet James's mother, Mary, who raises Samoyeds, and the gorgeous Rachel Ashcroft, who owns a brokerage company and is working on her first book. Rachel fuels her intense workaholic lifestyle with grief over the loss of her fianc, with whom she shared ownership of the company. She and her friends, Dave and Lace, have a comfortable, loyal "Three Musketeers" sort of friendship that will be the envy of every reader. The witty repartee and generous giving between the trio provide some enjoyable, often humorous moments throughout the book.
Soon, the threesome expands its circle to include James, who muses: "He'd never experienced anything like it, a camaraderie coupled with loyalty that went so deep as to be nearly unbreakable." A gentle goodness permeates the novel. There are no bad guys with evil intentions, just the battles fought with physical limitations, depression, disappointment, and grief. Few readers will not be able to relate to at least one of the challenges faced by the characters, and be absorbed by how Henderson plots the way they will meet them with faith and courage.
James Graham, home on furlough to recover from an exotic bug, longs to return to his work as a missionary in Africa. Then he meets a lovely lady named Rachel? Will James stay in America? Will Rachel go to Africa? Can they both find the healing they need?
I always love ready Dee's books, the story line is captivating and very inspiring.
I enjoyed this quick read. I finished it in two evenings. While it's not a "keeper" for me, I will read more by this author. The characters are relatable and the story line wasn't predicatble. Not too preachy, either. Nice story.
Enjoyed this book. Its a sweet story. Right in line with Dee Henderson's writing.
Sweet story, but I enjoyed her two series much more.
I'm not used to reading a book that isn't a who done it by this authore. She did a great job. I really enjoyed the book.
I LOVE all Dee Henderson books. This one, like usual, has engaging characters who stay in my head long after I've finished the book. I couldn't put it down....read it in one snowy afternoon!
A little slow at the beginning, but ended being a wonderful book!!
Nice book--not as good as her O'Malley series, but still a good read :)
Wonderful touching story about life and it isn't always the way you expect it.
Really enjoyed this book. Stayed up late to finish it. I liked the characters and was glad the plot wasn't wholly predictable.
Beautiful Christian Love Story.
I enjoyed this book so much. Dee Henderson makes you "feel" what the characters are feeling. As with her other books, I miss the characters when I am done reading. This is a book I pass along to friends.
Great book. It really helps you remember what true love is suppose to be about. Inspiring story.
I havn't read a bad book of hers yet.This is a short one good for a quick read on a trip maybe but still good.
I really like Dee Henderson's style and this book is no exception.
Loved this book. Just like all her other books, you fall in love with the characters and the story!
From back cover...
Missionary work in Africa was the most difficult and faith-affirming work James Graham had ever faced, and warm, homey presents from a Good Samaritan back home gave him the hope he needed to carry on. But an injury brought his work to a sudden halt and sent him home to Chicago.
There, James met the woman who'd sent those thoughtful gifts, the charming Rachel Ashcroft, and he was intrigued by the shadow of sadness that haunted her expression. Bringing the light of happiness back to Rachel's lovely face gave new purpose to his life, but was this only a temporary respite? Or would James be able to release his past and open his heart to receive the gift of Rachel's love?
Award-winning novelist Dee Henderson is a lifelong resident of Illinois. Her CBA-bestselling novels include Christy Award-winning The Guardian and RITA Award-winning Danger in the Shadows.