A Gift to Remember – Melissa Hill

A gift to rememberFormat: E-book (Kindle)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Published: October 24th 2013
Pages: 416 Pages

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?

Rating: 4/5

The Review
Thanks to NetGallery and the publishers Simon & Schuster UK for sending me a copy of ‘A Gift to Remember’ to read and review.

I must start this review with two words and two words only – ‘Christmas’ and ‘Books’. These two simple words evoke enjoyment in my life. For anyone that doesn’t know, Christmas is my favourite thing and with the addition of books, it’s even better! Obviously, it doesn’t overtake the fact I love Tea, also.

‘A Gift to Remember’ is set in New York around Christmas and everyone is dashing around, trying to get all ready for the holidays. Darcy a book seller is riding her bike through the streets of New York, when she accidental crashes into a man she later finds out is called Aidan Harris. You then follow Darcy as she tries to piece back together his life after he suffers amnesia and forgets everything about himself.

Darcy has a heart of gold and she did a lot more than I thought she would. She tries in all her might to find out who Aidan is, what is his job? Who is his family? and all the things like that. She feels guilty for causing the crash and that’s why she goes out of her way to find out all she does. I think I’d be in the same position as her because I’d feel so guilty for causing someone pain, even if it wasn’t so much my fault.

The story is mainly told through the eyes of Darcy and sometimes there is the addition of Aidan’s POV (prior to the accident). One thing I found a little annoying was how Aidan’s pieces just jumped in, I think it would have worked more if Aidan and Darcy’s pieces alternated from the beginning.

Personally, this book would have had more of an impact on me if I had read it at Christmas because you’d be more in the moment and probably drinking Mulled Wine. I would recommend A Gift to Remember to a lot of people though. It was an enjoyable read.

You can purchase ‘A Gift to Remember’ on Amazon UK, Amazon US and Paperback.

Find out more about Melissa at her website atΒ www.melissahill.ie and on Twitter at @melissahillbks

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