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Parting Gifts
by Charlotte Vale Allen

Category: Fiction / General
374 pages; ISBN: 155166853X

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


The New York City police inform Kyra Latimer that her spouse Gary died in an accident. A cab spun out of control, jumped the curb, the breaks failed and hit Gay as he was strolling to the bank.

Unable to cope, Kyra barely makes it through the funeral when shock number two hits her in the solar plexus. Jennifer Cullen insists that she tracked down Kyra who is the mother who gave her up years at birth. Kyra insists the young woman is wrong, as that occurrence is impossible. However, Jennifer does not want anything from Kyra for herself. Instead she wants “her mother” to care for her “grandson”. Not willing to allow three-year-old Jesse to atrophy in state facilities as Jessica threatens, Kyra accepts the raising of the child. As Kyra and Jesse bond with a mother-child love, illness threatens to take him away too.

The EPA will want to ban PARTING GIFTS as a violation of the Paper Reduction Act because readers will need a rain forest worth of tissues. The characters are so very real, they can be you or me. The story line is charged with so much emotion that the reader empathetically shares it vicariously with the cast. Charlotte Vale Allen has written a heart-wrenching tale that reaches inside the souls of her audience.

Harriet Klausner


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