Colleen M. Story
Dzanc Books (2016)
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (1/17)
Colleen Story is a very creative writer that has developed her characters and story line into a fine craft. “Loreena’s Gift” is a story about loss, love, romance, and suspense.
At the age of nine, Loreena lost her mother in a tragic accident, one that caused Loreena to become blind, and her brother Saul to change drastically. Loreena and Saul were taken in by their Uncle Don, a local minister. Uncle Don, a single man does the best he can raising two young children, however, he and Saul don’t see eye-to-eye and Saul moves out after harsh words were spoken. Saul has always been Loreena’s “eyes” and his moving out is a big loss.
Loreena and her Uncle find she has a “gift” and can help those who are terminally ill move peacefully into death. Although her Uncle thinks this is fine, Loreena always ponders if it is the right thing to do. Very few are aware of her gift and her Uncle wants to keep it that way. When Saul returns home with his outspoken and controlling girlfriend, Loreena finds that he is involved in shady deals in the drug world. Wanting to help her brother get back to his old life, she follows the girlfriend to bargain for his life. Loreena is captured and used for her “gift” to end the lives of competing drug lords. One of the men who guard over her works for the FBI and wants Loreena to cooperate with Frank, the seedy drug lord, so the FBI can take him down. This puts Loreena in a very difficult and dangerous situation, one that might end her life.
Initially, when reading Story’s book, I thought it was going to be a deeply involved religious lecture book, but surprisingly, it was not. The underlying story gave food for thought on the afterlife, and what it means.
“Loreena’s Gift” by Colleen M. Story is very well written, engaging, and a book that is hard to put down. This is one of those books that really provides readers with all they might want in a book. It is easy to read, transitions between scenarios are smooth, and prompts readers to ponder, “What would I do in this situation?”