A story like this one comes along once in a lifetime...or in a very great while. In the theme of Roxanne Henke's "After Anne", Sharon has penned a novel of the greatest kind of friendship between two women. It's a story that will leave you longing for that depth of friendship in your own life.
"Every Good and Perfect Gift" tells the story of Gabby Whitaker and DeeDee McAllister, two girls who meet in the sixth grade and who are immediate friends. DeeDee is the more forceful of the duo, with Gabby just following along in the wake of the friendship...quite happily.
With lots of anecdotal reminiscences that display the forging of the two together throughout their lives, Gabby is hit with some startling news: her nearly 40 year old best friend has decided she wants to become a mother.
So, once again Gabby goes along for the ride...a two-year journey through fertility treatments and efforts to conceive that has Gabby willing to make the ultimate gift to her friend. But modern science isn't needed after all...and baby is on the way!
Through it all, the two are inseparable. Watching them together is both filled with laughter and tears, and filled with highs and lows.
When tragedy strikes, the devastation sends both couples reeling. Gabby has never been the stronger friend in the relationship. Can she now step up and be there for DeeDee in a way she's never been before?
Filled with heart and characters that come to life immediately in the telling of this story of friendship and depth of character, "Every Good and Perfect Gift" is a novel destined to be stored on my 'special shelf'--and to be a book I'll read again and again.
Sharon's debut novel is stunning, and leaves me longing to see what she writes next. She is a gifted storyteller with an ability to burrow into your heart from page one, and to stay there long after the last page is turned.
I'm giving "Every Good and Perfect Gift" six out of five bookmarks, with a set of Best Friends bracelets as charms. Pray for a friend like Gabby and DeeDee...and make it your life's purpose to be one to somebody.