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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
A strong sense of fascination may well find its way into your heart upon reading the first page of Seven Gifts in the Rain by The Sailor. It is not often that we encounter a surreal and heartwarming tale that inspires and makes us think. At the center of this story is an angel, instructing a yet to be born child (a boy) to read seven books, each providing an invaluable life lesson that the boy sets out to find. Each tale represents metaphorical undertones in the form of unique gifts, which the boy needs to unravel to understand the joy and beauty that life can offer. A lonely dolphin, a guitar-shaped tree, an outcast singer, and a honey bee are among the fascinating string of characters the young boy will encounter in his search that will unleash a magical awakening.
Seven Gifts in the Rain is a delight and a surprise. The Sailor has earned a rightful place in fantasy fiction as a thorough spiritual guide. For starters, The Sailor seems to understand and care about the fundamental rules in writing a fairy tale that inspires and treats all readers as equals. Though it reads like a children’s story, it has a way of speaking to people in different stages of their lives. It is the magical quality of the book itself that makes you understand realities. It is not filled with moralizing but, rather, it gives anyone access to universal spiritualism minus the espoused dogmas of organized religion. Another part of this book’s appeal is that it breaks the boundary of reading taste, as anyone can find a gem of truth and a spark of self-awakening in reading this humble tale.