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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
"Sarah’s Gift" by Skye Wieland is an uplifting novel about a young girl who is starting a fresh life after living through a traumatic childhood experience. Sarah leaves her homeland in Australia and makes South Africa her new country, working and living at a safari camp. We are introduced to Sarah’s friends Brandi and Mark, along with her boss Johnno and other very special people in her life. Sarah begins having a recurring dream and then sees a man with a shining face dressed in white who saves her from a scary encounter with a herd of elephants. She begins to question what it means and Brandi tries to lead her to the answers through God. We cheer Sarah on as she looks for love, worries about elephant culling, deals with ivory poachers, tries to understand and accept God’s place in her life, and decides how to use her special gift.
This is the first book of a trilogy that Skye Wieland has written and she has easily captured the audience’s full attention. It is a wonderful book for the young woman beginning her Christian walk, the young girl who loves animals and the woman who enjoys a good Christian love/ adventure/South African plains animal story. I stayed up way past my normal bedtime to finish reading but was sad when I turned the last page and my time with Sarah and her friends was over. "Sarah’s Gift" will capture your imagination, pull you into the story and emotionally attach you to each character. This is a five star book.