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Andy's Gift -- EPUB

  • Both Claudia Foster and Daniel Sorenson, childhood friends and would-be sweethearts, struggle with guilt and memories of Andy, the guy who made them laugh.
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Release Date:
November 21, 2013
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Gwen Phifer

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Devastated after her fiancé dies in Iraq, Claudia Foster packs up her life and moves to the city of Indianapolis. She wants to lose herself in the noise, sights and sounds of a place so foreign from her upbringing that she’ll forget her guilt surrounding Andy’s death. But fate has other plans.

Daniel Sorenson has put all thoughts of his brother Andy’s death from his mind just to get through the day yet running into Claudia again stirs up all the hidden feelings he has struggled so hard to hide. How can you love the girl who was supposed to marry your dead brother?

As the two share their grief, they also share something deeper: laughter. But is it enough? As they bond over a pre-Christmas prank, memories, secrets and postponed love come to the forefront, forcing them both to work through them and accept one last thing: Andy’s gift.


Slipping into the kitchen, her gaze immediately fell on a cobalt blue tin all by itself on a granite counter top. After a quick search of the cabinets, she located an ivory platter with scalloped edges then went over and wrestled the lid from the tin. No sooner had she put her hand inside than she encounter something warm, hairy and living. Two seconds later, she screamed at the top of her lungs, dropped the canister and scrambled onto one of the sturdy wooden barstools.

A tarantula strolled leisurely over the tiled floor.

She screamed again and jumped from the stool to the butcher-block island, this time yelling for Daniel -- the bane of her existence. "Daniel! You did this on purpose." Her heart pounded and her breath came out in ragged gasps as she eyeballed the tarantula. It scurried beneath the stool she had just vacated. Her screeches echoed in the small space.

Daniel came strolling into the kitchen with an over-the-top expression of innocence on his face. "What's all the noise about? See a spider?"

"You know I did, you dirty dog!" She stomped her foot then remembered she was perched on the island. "Get it out of here! What kind of person are you? Spiders still terrify me." Why wasn't he getting rid of it?

"I know. I remember that you were, but this little guy," he bent and gently picked up the giant spider, "well, I borrowed him from the kid next door." The lopsided grin returned to his lips. "How can you not like him?" He lifted the hairy eight-legged beast in the air toward her, snickering when she squealed and backed up a step.

"I mean it, Daniel. Take it away. Now!" When he didn't, and it only crept closer to her from his hand, Claudia panicked, and to her mortification, started to cry. That was how bad she detested spiders. "Put it back in the tin right this minute, Daniel Albert Sorenson, or I'll..."

He cocked an eyebrow. "Or you'll what?" He waggled the tarantula at her.

"Or there will be some pretty bad paybacks." Some of her terror dimmed as she thought of the multitude of ways she could make him suffer. You didn't grow up with a person and not acquire a host of secrets about them.

"Now there's an interesting idea." Crossing to the counter, he put the creature inside, covering the tin with the lid. "Remember when Andy and I used to play jokes on you? And how every single time you would scream like a little girl at the gross stuff?"

"Yeah, but I gave as good as I got. I seem to recall someone's squeals when a cold piece of bologna fell on his cheek while watching TV." Claudia cracked a small smile at the memories. Daniel had jumped a good two feet in the air that day then wrestled her to the living floor after the stunt in a tickle war. "My favorite, though, was when we put the pudding in a bucket and--"

His eyes glowed with mischief. "Propped it on Andy's bedroom door so when he went through it fell on him then--"

"You stood there with the feathers from your bed pillow in front of a fan and they stuck to him like a big, chocolate chicken." Laughter pushed its way up from the deep, dark well she had consigned it to in recent months. It escaped past her lips, sounding rusty, but a laugh nonetheless.

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  1. "... a moving tale..." 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Dec 2013

    "Sandra Sookoo has penned a moving tale of friendship and hidden teenage yearnings that became the impetus for adult misunderstandings, jealously, pain, remorse and regret. Old feelings still silently endure, but guilt holds this couple back until an unexpected gift from the man who once stood between them provides an opportunity for forgiveness, acceptance, and happiness.

    Ms. Sookoo emotionally engages the reader with a skilled use of shared memories, misguided perspectives, and mature acknowledgement of youthful mistakes. At 65 pages, ANDY'S GIFT is definitely a pleasing and poignant novella that will likely remain with you long after the tale is read."

    ~Angie Just Read
    The Romance Reviews

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