El personaje es agradable, dulce y algunas veces simpático.  Algunos se identificarán con esta historia; otros simplemente...



Gift narra la historia de como una mujer ante tanto dolor por la infidelidad de su esposo logra sobreponerse y vuelve a ser feliz.

Mariana Casanova es una mujer de 43 años de edad, dominicana, casada por 25 años, tenía la familia perfecta (por así llamarlo), hasta que un día sin esperárselo Mariana descubre que su esposo le ha sido infiel y, por ende, su matrimonio se fue al suelo.  Gift presenta a este personaje como una persona agradable, dulce, pero a su vez fuerte y decidida, una persona que toma en cuenta los valores familiares.  El personaje de Mariana al principio es muy reservado, no puede aceptar lo acentecido, ni siquiera comparte su sufrimiento con sus mejores amigas Tania y Dominique.   La vida de Mariana toma otro rumbo cuando ésta decide buscar ayuda professional.  Entre su doctor, psicólogos y ayuda propia, Mariana comienza a aceptar poco a poco su realidad.  Gift te sorprende al transportarte en medio de la historia, a su país natal, La República Dominicana.  En cada detalle se puede apreciar lo que fue su niñez, la sencillez, la hospitalidad que te brinda esta cultura y hasta cierto punto, la nostalgia, pero una vez de regreso a la historia en Nueva York,  ya de ante mano sabes que esperar.  Al Mariana aceptar su realidad pone más interés en su vida y conoce por medio del web del amor a Fernando Guerrero.  Fernando, peruano, de 48 años de edad, es un hombre maravilloso, inteligente y como Mariana, también, en busca de una segunda oportunidad en el amor.  Un hombre que hasta cierto punto es exageradamente bueno.  Gift no abunda mucho en la relación de Mariana para con sus  tres hijas, pero dentro de lo que se menciona está claro que sus hijas la apoyan y cabe mencionar que la comunicación con sus hermanas era excelente.  Queda muy claro que Gift se asegura que Mariana recibe lo que se merece, un nuevo amor.  Un amor tierno, apasionado, hasta cierto punto muy fantástico, se podría decir que demasiado fantástico.

El personaje es agradable, dulce y algunas veces simpático.  Algunos se identificarán con esta historia; otros simplemente la encontrarán un poco predecible.

Pub Date: June 9, 2011

ISBN: 978-1463302733

Page Count: 188

Publisher: Palibrio

Review Posted Online: Nov. 9, 2011

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Kin “[find] each other’s lives inscrutable” in this rich, sharp story about the way identity is formed.

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Inseparable identical twin sisters ditch home together, and then one decides to vanish.

The talented Bennett fuels her fiction with secrets—first in her lauded debut, The Mothers (2016), and now in the assured and magnetic story of the Vignes sisters, light-skinned women parked on opposite sides of the color line. Desiree, the “fidgety twin,” and Stella, “a smart, careful girl,” make their break from stultifying rural Mallard, Louisiana, becoming 16-year-old runaways in 1954 New Orleans. The novel opens 14 years later as Desiree, fleeing a violent marriage in D.C., returns home with a different relative: her 8-year-old daughter, Jude. The gossips are agog: “In Mallard, nobody married dark....Marrying a dark man and dragging his blueblack child all over town was one step too far.” Desiree's decision seals Jude’s misery in this “colorstruck” place and propels a new generation of flight: Jude escapes on a track scholarship to UCLA. Tending bar as a side job in Beverly Hills, she catches a glimpse of her mother’s doppelgänger. Stella, ensconced in white society, is shedding her fur coat. Jude, so black that strangers routinely stare, is unrecognizable to her aunt. All this is expertly paced, unfurling before the book is half finished; a reader can guess what is coming. Bennett is deeply engaged in the unknowability of other people and the scourge of colorism. The scene in which Stella adopts her white persona is a tour de force of doubling and confusion. It calls up Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, the book's 50-year-old antecedent. Bennett's novel plays with its characters' nagging feelings of being incomplete—for the twins without each other; for Jude’s boyfriend, Reese, who is trans and seeks surgery; for their friend Barry, who performs in drag as Bianca. Bennett keeps all these plot threads thrumming and her social commentary crisp. In the second half, Jude spars with her cousin Kennedy, Stella's daughter, a spoiled actress.

Kin “[find] each other’s lives inscrutable” in this rich, sharp story about the way identity is formed.

Pub Date: June 2, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-525-53629-1

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Riverhead

Review Posted Online: March 15, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2020

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High-stakes weepmeister Sparks (A Walk to Remember, 1999, etc.) opts for a happy ending his fourth time out. His writing has improved—though it's still the equivalent of paint-by-numbers—and he makes use this time of at least a vestige of credible psychology.

That vestige involves the deep dark secret—it has something to do with his father's death when son Taylor was nine—that haunts kind, good 36-year-old local contractor Taylor McAden and makes him withdraw from relationships whenever they start getting serious enough to maybe get permanent. He's done this twice before, and now he does it again with pretty and sweet single mother Denise Holton, age 29, who's moved from Atlanta to Taylor's town of Edenton, North Carolina, in order to devote her time more fully to training her four-year-old son Kyle to overcome the peculiar impediment he has that keeps him from achieving normal language acquisition. Okay? When Denise has a car accident in a bad storm, she's rescued by volunteer fireman Taylor—who also rescues little Kyle after he wanders away from his injured mom in the storm. Love blooms in the weeks that follow—until Taylor suddenly begins putting on the brakes. What is it that holds him back, when there just isn't any question but that he loves Denise and vice versa-not to mention that he's "great" with Kyle, just like a father? It will require a couple of near-death experiences (as fireman Taylor bravely risks his life to save others); emotional steadiness from the intelligent, good, true Denise; and the terrible death of a dear and devoted friend before Taylor will come to the point at last of confiding to Denise the terrible memory of how his father died—and the guilt that's been its legacy to Taylor. The psychological dam broken, love will at last be able to flow.

More Hallmarkiana, from a shameless expert in the genre.

Pub Date: Sept. 19, 2000

ISBN: 0-446-52550-2

Page Count: 352

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2000

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