Yay! Tomorrow is the release day for the second book of the Harbor Pointe Series. If you haven’t picked up your copy there is still time. I am sharing the blurb and my review here today.
The Harbor Pointe Inn has loomed on California’s cliffs for generations of Hawthornes. For some, it’s been a blessing. For others, a curse. Travel through two centuries of stories to discover the old inn’s secrets.
In an innocent 1958 American suburb, Shelly doesn’t know the power of a kiss. Or how it will change her entire life.
At sixteen years old, she falls in love with a young man. One night—just one night—they go too far. Months later, pregnant and shamed, Shelly’s parents banish her.
Alone and heavily pregnant, circumstances force Shelly to cross the country in an old pickup.
A mistaken turn leaves her lost in a forest amidst a severe snow storm and in labor.
In the dark of night. Shelly must get help for her new-born baby before they both perish. A light in the distance gives her the slimmest glimmer of hope.
After Shelly wraps the infant in her father’s old jacket, she trudges through the snow to a lighthouse keeper’s cottage. Snow half buries the squat stone building.
Will Shelly find shelter, or is it the beginning of the end?
“The Gift” is set in 1958 when the one mistake of a sixteen-year-old girl makes her family not only turn their back on her but send her away. Shelly is very pregnant and scared to drive alone across the United States to stay with a relative until she has the baby. Almost at her destination, she runs out of gas in a snowstorm. She goes into labor and is forced to deliver her baby. If they stay in the old truck, they will perish, so she bundles up the baby and tries to find help. She sees a light that she hopes means help and heads towards it. I was ashamed of Shelly’s parents for sending her off like they did with an old unreliable vehicle and limited funds. Shelly was strong, though, when she needed to be. And the father who was away at college with no idea of her condition came back home and began his search for her. It’s a beautifully told drama full of guilt, loss, regret—and love. I was completely invested in Shelly, the baby, and their survival. A cruel set of events for a teen also offered hope, which made this an inspirational read that I can highly recommend!
Gwen M. Plano, aka Gwendolyn M. Plano, grew up in Southern California and spent most of her professional life in higher education. She taught and served as an administrator in colleges in Japan, New York, Connecticut, and California. Gwen’s academic background is in theology and counseling. Recently retired, she now lives in the high desert of Arizona, where she writes, gardens, and travels with her husband.
Gwen’s first book is an acclaimed memoir, Letting Go into Perfect Love. Her second book, The Contract between heaven and earth, is a thriller fiction novel, co-authored by John W. Howell. It has received multiple awards and is an Amazon Best Seller. The Choice, the unexpected heroes is the sequel to The Contract. It is also a thriller, involving the attempt of an unfriendly nation to take over the world. The third book in the series, The Culmination, a new beginning is an action-packed military thriller that spans the globe and involves multiple Heads of State and the threat of World War III. Only love can change the fate of humanity.
When Gwen is not writing, she’s often in the beautiful Red Rocks of Sedona, where she finds inspiration.
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