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GIVER OF WONDERS by ROSEANNA M. WHITE REVIEWED

Giver of Wonders
By Roseanna M. White
Published by WhiteFire
ISBN#978-1-939023-83-4
321 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: A miracle once saved her life ~ will another give her a future?
Cyprus was little more than a child when a fall left her paralyzed...and when the boy known as the wonder-worker healed her. Ever since, she has wondered why the Lord spared her, what he has in store for her. But her pagan father thinks she was spared solely so she could be introduced to the wealthy wonder-worker, Nikolaos.
Nikolaos has never questioned that his call-in life is to dedicate himself to the church and to God. Never, that is, until he and his cousin Petros meet the compelling Cyprus Visibullis. For years, he struggles with the feelings she inspires...and with the sure knowledge that Petros loves her too.

Petros knows he will never be good enough for Cyprus's father to consider him as a match for his favorite daughter not as long as Nikolaos is there. But when tragedy strikes the Visibullis family, he will do anything to save his beloved. Unfortunately, his beloved is determined to do anything to save her sisters ~ even at the cost of herself.
As the festival of lights bathes their Greek city in beauty, Cyprus, Petros, and Nikolaos celebrate the miracle of their Savior s birth together one last time. And in remembrance of their Lord's greatest gift, one of them will make the ultimate sacrifice for the others...and a centuries-long tradition will be born.

REVIEW:  I’m a fan of this author so when I saw the cover of this book and the authors name on the front page I couldn’t wait to read about How a Christmas tradition began. She has a gift of grabbing her audience from the start. Here is the first line of the book, (I was hooked) “She would die today, one way or another. Cyprus Visibullis risked a glance over her shoulder without slowing her feet”

Cyprus had an accident in the beginning of the story that should have left her maimed. She was miraculous healed. Since that day she wonders why God spared her. Was it for a special task, mission? She talks to her friend Nikolas about it. He’s educated on spiritual matters, being a priest and all.

Nikolas explains to Cyprus (in one their many talks) how community works. He says, “To be involved Cyprus! To give of yourself, of your heart, to open up-even if it means opening yourself up to the possibility of pain, of rejection. Unless you give them the chance to hurt you, you are never giving them the chance to love you.”

This is a new concept for Cyprus. She ponders doing this until her world comes crashing down on her.

Nicholas thinks about the best way to fulfill his calling he's reminded of what his uncle said to him …” When you do a good deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your good deed may be done in secret.” …”Yes, Yes, that was how he would give – in secret. No one must know.”

This is a compelling read with a fascinating cast of characters I instantly cared for. My heart hurt for the women of that time period specifically Cyprus and her two sisters. They were headed for a life of slavery unless their father went to bat for them.

I felt Nikolaos’s agony in trying to figure out what was the right thing to do. Then rejoiced with him when he knows without a shadow of a doubt his plan of action. And he knows deep down, that “…The gift is “not about the giver. A gift, a true gift given from nothing but love, should be done in secret; so, that God alone sees...the giver’s only reward is what the Lord decides to bestow…”

The author writes this in notes to readers, “My prayer is that as you read this interpretation of who Nikolaos may have been as a young man, you come to appreciate that he was so much more than our traditions today give him credit for being. My prayer is that we can all take a few cues from him…that our gifts become less about us and more about Him.”

What I love most about this author is her ability to place readers in the character’s shoes and have them experience their culture and difficulties first hand. This story and its characters stole my heart. The novel is filled with hope, true love, heartache, miracles, sacrifice and wonder. This message is relevant for today and can be read all year long. I learned so much. This author does not disappoint!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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