4 out of 5 stars
Noah receives a gift from his grandfather Joshua who is celebrating his 85th birthday. He promises to open it after his grandfather dies. Less than a year later, Joshua dies. When Noah opens the gift, he has a beautiful painting that nearly gets him killed. The second story line is Noah's best friend Flora, is set to marry another man and Noah has realized she is the love of his life. A mystery that dates back to WWII, Russian family members and a love story all wrapped up into one wonderful story that you can't stop reading.
The Birthday Gift is one of those books you instantly become engrossed in.
Dreaming of the beautiful settings described and immediately warming to the key characters are unavoidable curses of this book.
I think we would all like to know someone like Noah but Tess was the silent hero for me and someone I could relate to.
And that’s the key here; this books gives you some loveable characters with personality traits you see in either yourself or those around you. But the characters have their personality flaws too and they make mistakes; that’s what I love about them….they’re so realistic and believable and you’re on the journey beside them, every step of the way!
This is a great summer read and will have you desperate to explore the sites mentioned in St Ives or have you yearning to explore further afield.
To anyone reading my review, please DO read this book. You will laugh, you will cry and you will enjoy turning each page to discover how the exciting plot unravels.
Congratulations Anthony on another superb literary journey.
by Sarah Flude
4 out of 5 stars
An interesting and enjoyable read, 'The Birthday Gift' is a story that takes you on a rollercoaster of a journey from the tranquility of Cornwall to the streets and art museums of Krakow. There's romance and family intrigue that takes you into the heart of World War 2. This book really does have everything, with many twists and turns to keep you guessing, and an ending that will take you completely by surprise.
by Cal Turner