I attended the Northwest Christian Writer’s Renewal this year and met a woman briefly when I was volunteering for a shift manning the information counter. It turns out she was a friendly author. She offered me a copy of her novel, and why would I turn down a free book, right?I thanked her and offered to review it for her. Authors can always use reviews- keep that in mind when you really enjoy a read. It’s a good way to support the writer.
I was busy and having a great time at the conference, and didn’t think about the book until after I got home and unloaded my bags. I started No Greater Gift a couple weeks later, when life allowed, and found myself immediately engrossed. Let me tell you something: Teresa H. Morgan can write!
She was so humble and unassuming at the conference when I met her, I had no idea what a gem I had encountered. She wove a seriously great story, with romance, and redemption, and intrigue. The writing was very good, and that’s the first thing I noticed, having just come fresh from no less than 7 writing topic sessions at the Renewal.
The story is split between Grace and Erik, set in America modern day; and the 1940’s with Elliot, Laura, and Katrina in London during Hitler’s bombing.
Read a blurb:
Grace Ryan works to untangle clues left by her late grandparents—clues involving a WWII conspiracy that could tear her family apart.
History professor Grace Ryan returns to her hometown expecting to help her grandmother turn her journals and memories of WWII into memoirs. She arrives to find her grandmother being loaded into an ambulance. When she begs Grace to find the truth about a decades-old crime, whispers the word treason, then slips away forever, Grace is left to separate fact from fiction. Then, an unwelcome inheritance strikes at her already fragile family bond. Though God’s voice seems silent, He sends someone to stand in the gap for her.
Erik Petersson, unjustly accused of infidelity, suffered through an unwanted divorce and the loss of his children’s love due to his former wife’s bitterness. A physicist on sabbatical, he agrees to help Grace dig through her late grandfather’s scientific papers. As he struggles to win back his children’s love, he and Grace are catapulted into a quagmire of truth and lies that could destroy any chance at a future love or happiness.
Mrs. Morgan’s powers of research are excellent. She’s obviously a talented writer and highly intelligent woman. The twists and turns in these stories will keep you guessing, and the romance will keep you turning pages. It’s a meaty story, with a strong christian theme. I respect that. I wish more Christian authors would be bolder in sharing their beliefs in their stories. The effects of PTSD in soldiers of WWI, II, and Vietnam, are highlighted here, as well as some serious social and family issues- all skillfully woven into an attention grabbing story with a satisfying ending.
If you’re looking for a great summer read, I’d highly recommend this. I’m only left now hoping that Teresa H. Morgan will continue writing and publishing. I’d like to read more from her.
Many thanks for the opportunity to read and review your wonderful book, Mrs. Morgan.