“A Compelling Book About The Search For Answers and The Consequences of Learning the Truth”
A Review of Wesley Hardin’s The Gift (The Unwanted)
By William Speir, Author of Knights of the Saltier – Book 1 of the Order of the Saltier Trilogy
I just finished reading The Gift (The Unwanted) by Wesley Hardin and I cannot say enough about how the story gripped me from the first page and held onto me until the very end! I was drawn into Hardin’s story immediately, and was not disappointed with its twists, turns, and exciting climax at the end.
Throughout the ages, many people have been blessed with unique and unexplainable abilities that defy logical explanation. These “gifts,” as they are often called, bring welcome relief to those in need, but can also create suspicion and fear in the ignorant and superstitious. People with these gifts have been sought out for help, but have also been driven out and persecuted by those who believed the gifts were the sign of the devil, rather than a blessing from God or a miracle of other sorts.
It’s the one of these gifts that is at the heart of this book. The lead character tells the story of how is grandfather had the gift, and then discovers that his niece has also inherited the gift. Unlike his grandfather, who saw the gift as a blessing, the lead character’s niece sees the gift as a curse and wants nothing to do with it. The lead character, along with his niece, begin an adventure to accomplish two things: discover where the gift came from and who else in the family has had the gift, and determine a way to remove the gift from the niece, who fears that it will keep her from ever having a normal, happy life.
The unlikely duo embark on a journey of discovery that leads them to long-lost relatives across the country who help fill in many of the missing pieces of their family’s unique history, which started in Germany and ended up in the Midwestern United States. Once the history of the gift in their family is completed, the next part of the journey begins – finding a way to remove the gift. The climax of the book is a thrilling series of events that eventually explain the origins of the gift and place the duo face-to-face with the gift’s source and protectors. This final confrontation leaves no one untouched, and brings unexpected resolution to the niece’s journey.
Hardin’s storytelling ability is excellent, and I look forward to reading the sequel to this book when it comes out later in 2011. I recommend this book to anyone who has been touched by or has witnessed the unexplained, and to anyone fascinated with that subject. It is a great story and well worth reading.