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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Birthday Gift is an inspiring slice-of-life drama novel by Betty Collier. Grace Williams' happy life turns upside down when she receives news of her beloved husband Bill's death in a bathroom stall at Heathrow Airport in London. Apparently, he was killed by an assailant who used Bill's own cane to inflict blunt force trauma to his head. A former fighter pilot for the US Navy, Bill left his fifteen-year-old daughter Bella a video message before his death from Tel Aviv on her sixteenth birthday, leaving her a priceless ancient scroll of great significance. As Grace deals with her grief and trauma, she finds refuge in her faith in God. But can she let go of her anger and learn to forgive even the person who ruined her life, her husband's killer?
A powerful and poignant tale about love, faith, hope, and forgiveness, The Birthday Gift celebrates the resilient nature of the human spirit that can overcome harrowing circumstances and persevere through the greatest odds. Author Betty Collier tells a moving story about how one's faith in God can help people navigate even the most difficult times and make them whole once again. The characters are relatable, and they perfectly fit into their roles to carry the themes of the story. Grace is a kind-hearted yet tenacious soul who suffers great heartbreak after her husband unexpectedly passes away, but she never gives up and keeps her faith in God strong. You can't help but admire her optimism and courage and root for her. Highly recommended.