Dear John (The Birthday Gift—Book 2)

Fiction - Inspirational
159 Pages
Reviewed on 01/01/2023
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Author Biography

Betty Collier describes herself as a nurse by profession, author by passion, and storyteller by the grace of God. She is a 7x bestselling, 6x award-winning inspirational Christian author. She writes with a purpose, and that is to bring honor and glory to God.

Her first book series, "Living Inside the Testimony" is a collection of inspirational nonfiction. Betty showcases her gift of storytelling by engulfing her readers from the very beginning and captivating their attention throughout emotional journeys.

In her second book series, "The Birthday Gift", Betty displays her creative storytelling in a surprisingly extraordinary way with her fictional work. She continues to inspire while lifting words right off the pages to bring her characters to life. Readers will find themselves hoping for the best and dreaming about the characters as if they were members of their own family.

Betty also co-authored 2 anthologies with visionary author, Paulette Harper.

Betty’s fictional work is included in the John 3:16 Global Placement Mission as commissioned by founder, Terry Gurley. She uses her talent to introduce readers to the greatest gift ever given to mankind. While taking them on intriguing tales of heartbreak and hope, Betty intricately weaves together stories leaving readers in suspense until the very end. What they have in common is they all beautifully deliver the gospel message found in John 3:16.

On a personal note, Betty has been married since 1986 to William Collier, the absolute love of her life. They are the proud parents of two sons and a daughter-in-love.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

“For God so loved the world he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This oft-quoted verse from scripture is the foundation of faith. It’s a testament in itself to help us through times when we are overwhelmed with guilt. We are all sinners. Some sins, though are worse than others. Like murder, the taking of another human life. John Batista has killed someone, but he can’t remember doing the deed and there is something about his past that continues to nag him. It’s something he must confront so he can find his peace with comfort and hope. John must go through a difficult journey to find his way, one that will include a mysterious, but valuable trinket and a widow’s letter – a 'Dear John' letter? The mystery thickens.

Betty Collier’s novel, Dear John, is the second book in The Birthday Gift series that reveals the everlasting power of God’s love and the message so aptly shared in scripture. The plot follows John’s journey to discover himself and find his way through faith. It’s a difficult journey, but one he must take. The plot is well developed, the descriptive narrative is aptly incorporated, and the dialogue is well constructed and believable. The story itself is a tapestry evolving from the heart of a seasoned storyteller. There is heartbreak, hope, and the promise of true forgiveness and love, all through the simple act of belief. The author is well versed in scripture and the choice of the main character’s name wasn’t without profound meaning and attachments. We all know the meaning of a ‘Dear John’ letter, one that will cast away the recipient, and those with faith are more than familiar with the quote from John, one of Jesus’s disciples. This compelling story will lead readers closer to their own sense of faith and acceptance. A deeply sentimental, engaging, and powerful story.