Lori Foster has edited and contributed to a heartwarming collection of eight stories about love that overcomes handicaps in The Gift of Love. The obstacles can be physical as in Atticus Gets a Mommy by Ann Christopher, A Fairy Precious Love by Gia Dawn, or Heidi Betts’ Skin Deep. Barriers can be erected by emotional scarring such as occurs in The Second Time Around by Helen Kay Dimon, Lori Foster’s For the Love of Wendy or Ava’s Haven by Jules Bennett. Painful history which can keep lovers apart is examined in The Redemption of Brodie Grant and The Wolf Watcher’s Diet by Paige Cuccaro gives a new dimension to the idea of an unsuitable relationship. Each of these stories give a different perspective on the interconnections made within and between families and showcases the kinds of difficulties that are weathered as relationships are strengthened and bonds form between loved ones.
You get a wonderful collection of love stories written in eight distinctive voices and focusing on different issues that face potential lovers. A pervading theme is the need for two different people to complement each other and establish an equal partnership that allows one person’s weaknesses to be counterbalanced by the other’s strength and vice versa. The sensitivity and strength demonstrated by each of the main characters in the stories highlights the basic tenet of loving acceptance of each other’s flaws and assets in order to have a successful relationship.