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Review: Her Forever Gift by Debra Salonen

Title: Her Forever Gift, Big Sky Mavericks #5Her Forever Gift

Author: Debra Salonen

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Pages: 66

Date of Publication: November 18th, 2014

Rating: 5/5

My Review:

I can’t believe I waited so long to read this brilliant novella! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve read by this talented author, especially stories set in Marietta. Montana yet this one had slipped amongst my kindle books and stayed there hidden for more than a year. I’m so glad I found it when checking through my ebooks, it has been a lovely, heart warming, delicious read. . . .

This is different to many other stories about Marietta folk, this one shares the good and less positive aspects of the lives of Louise and Oscar (OC) Jenkins from when they first met, their initial encounters through to turbulent, alcohol fuelled problems to the present day. It is a story with the strongest thread of love running through it, keeping the two together and written down to share, warts and all, with their family. It is a beautiful love story, showing that even if life may sometimes resemble a bed of roses, there are always thorns to be encountered along the way. . . . The Christmas gifts given by Louise and Oscar will be treasured by their recipients for years to come.

A beautiful, moving, very quick read but superbly written story of love through the years.


Do you know your parents’ love story? Or, more importantly, the story behind their story?

When Louise Jenkins’ granddaughter innocently asks, “Grandma, how did you and Grandpa Oscar meet?” Louise seizes the opportunity to set the record straight by writing her memoire. But she knows she can’t tell her family’s story without bringing up some painful memories. Will the raw truth jeopardize hers and Oscar’s newfound serenity?

Oscar “OC” Jenkins has a lot to live down. Marietta, Montana’s notorious Fish Whisperer had chapters of his life he’d like to forget, but he knows his wife of nearly forty years and he knows it’s time to set the record straight.

When their newly enlarged family gathers to celebrate Christmas, Louise and OC share that gift most precious of all…the truth. Unvarnished. Some good. Some bad. A real life love story of two survivors who gave each other gifts beyond price and stayed together because love makes all things possible.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk           amazon.com          barnes and noble

4 comments on “Review: Her Forever Gift by Debra Salonen

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  3. debsalonen
    April 27, 2016

    Thanks so much! OC was such a tough character to like in Montana Cowgirl, I had to find out why his wife stayed with him all those years. Love is complicated, isn’t it?


    • bicted
      April 27, 2016

      Definitely is – though that’s one thing that made this story so unforgettable, your talented writing drawing the reader into the story as if you’re actually there experiencing it all being the other!


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