If I Gained the World
Linda Nichols
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If I Gained the World
Linda Nichols
Bethany House
384 pages
October 2003
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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How could one single question shatter their idyllic world into tiny shards of sharp painful pieces of emotion? Lenore has no idea of what the repercussions will be when she asks him. When he does not speak after she asks her question and remains tensed like a spring ready to uncoil, Lenore knows the answer that Daniel is so unwilling to give her. That is the point when she realizes that she has just played in the biggest game of chance ever, and she haS lost.

Until that fateful day when she asks him, what it turns out she really does not want to know she has to face the fact that the picture-perfect home they share with their son is going to change drastically. The saddest part of all is that Lenore does not want anything to change except for that one thing that she has asked for and will come to regret. That request is as if someone had pulled on one strand of a ball of yarn and the ball keeps unrolling until there is nothing left. So the best thing Lenore knows to do is to take Scottie, their son, and flee from the memories that haunt her. During her journey, she attempts to find herself again. Will it be possible for these two to overcome all they have been through and find their way back to each other? We shall see.

Linda Nichols has a definite knack for writing touching stories without any of the gimmicks that so many writers resort to these days. She does not throw in any gratuitous sex or violence, and she seems to actually write from her heart. What a refreshing change of pace from the useless drivel that normally passes for fiction these days. Her plot is well thought-out, and she does not meander away from it. Her characters are genuine; the dialogue is believable because they speak as people you know would. If I Gained the World is a wonderful book for who wants a break from the same old cookie cutter fiction.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Camden Alexander, 2004

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