Sunday, 7 September 2014

A Gift To Remember - by Melissa Hill

Original Cover
My own copy
 The blurb:

Discover the magic of Melissa Hill this Christmas... Darcy Archer works in a small bookstore on Manhattan's Upper West Side. A dreamer who secretly wishes for true love similar to that in her beloved novels, Darcy refuses to settle for anything less than being swept off her feet by the perfect man.

One day, when cycling to work, Darcy accidentally crashes into a sharply dressed man walking his dog. He is knocked unconscious and rushed to the hospital, but his dog gets left behind. Wracked with guilt over the accident, Darcy resolves to care for the dog and reunite him with his owner. But the dog is not the only thing that's been left behind and when she finds a small beautifully wrapped package - suspiciously shaped like a book - she becomes curious. She decides to try and figure out all she can about this man, and make the delivery herself. Darcy gradually becomes drawn into his life; one that she soon discovers is filled with books, travel, adventure and all the wonderful things she's ever dreamt about. It doesn't take long before Darcy builds up a picture of this man's lovely life, and feeling an immediate kinship towards him, tries to make things right.

It might be a challenge but doesn't she owe it to him to try? But does fantasy match reality? And what happens when he finally wakes up?

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Let me introduce you to Darcy Archer, a charming bookworm, boss in a bookstore. Darcy was a great character to follow, being that she is a booklover, but I also admired her independency and her own style. She did her own thing and didn’t bother what other think about her.

One day, just before Christmas she crashes into a man walking his dog. He is brought into hospital, leaving Darcy with his dog and that’s where their story started. Darcy took care of the dog and help Aiden (he lost his memory in the accident) get his memory back. She goes back to his house and tries to find out more, spinning a whole web of mysteries and not even that seemed to help Aiden, we only find out towards the end, why that was the chase.
I loved the mystery surrounding Aiden and I think it was really cute of Darcy to help him. It seemed like she was falling for him more and more, without even knowing him properly.
Aiden’s dog Bailey added a sweet touch to the story as well.

And then of course New York and especially New York around Christmas time, so magical and sparkly.

Half way through the story we get to read about Aiden’s side as well, of what happened before the accident. It was a bit confusing at first, but it helped to see another side to the story.

Each chapter started with a fitting quote, which I really liked and it always had a connection to the story.

The epilogue was just what I hoped for and it was very interesting finding out who Aiden really was.

Melissa’s writing is beautiful and smooth and this story is a great addition to all of her books.


My possible cast:

Darcy: Jaimie Alexander

Aiden: Christian Bale

Melissa on Twitter: @melissahillbks


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