Review: Ava’s Gift by Jason Mott

The Blurb

On the heels of his critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling debut novel, The Returned, Jason Mott delivers a spellbinding tale of love and sacrifice, perfect for fans of Louisa Douglas, Daniela Sacerdoti and Jodi Picoult.

A freak accident reveals a secret that 13-year-old Ava has been terrified to share.

Ava has a unique gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments. Now, the whole world knows, and people from all over the globe want to glimpse the wonder of a miracle.

But Ava’s ability comes at a cost, and as she grows weaker with each healing, she finds herself having to decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to save the ones she loves most.

Full of intrigue and suspense, Ava’s Gift captures the imagination and will have readers enchanted until the very last page.

Published in America as The Wonder of All Things

The Review

Sometimes a book comes along which is just, for want of a better word, beautiful. There is something about Ava’s Gift which makes it eligible for this category. Could it be the stunning writing? Maybe. Could it be the unusual and quirky tale of a teenage girl who can heal people? Quite possibly. However, it is very difficult to quantify just what makes this book so good.

With Ava’s Gift, Jason Mott has created a quiet but powerful novel which examines how celebrity and sensationalism can rock a small town and almost tear a community apart. Thirteen year old Ava has her powers of healing discovered when her best friend is hurt at a town event. This simple act of unselfish kindness leads to a mass flocking of religious groups, non believers and the worlds media to her small hometown and instantly her life is taken over.

Mott has a talent of making you see the story from multi-perspective and empathising with each character; a skill that my very favourite authors possess. I would love to tell you that this story has the shock value and a breakneck speed of story that keeps you turning every page. What it does possess is a calm tranquil approach to a rather big subject. Mott has handled this with integrity and heart.

Ava’s Gift by Jason Mott is available now.

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