Green Giants is my feature where I share some of my favourite books by Irish Authors. I’m passionate about Irish Authors, there is a great and exciting mix of books to choose from, hopefully you will find something new to try. Today I’m thrilled to be giving you the low down on Melissa Hill’s latest book as she is one of my all time favourite authors of contemporary Irish chick-lit books.
A Gift to Remember is a perfect Christmas read; I read it during the HoHoHo Read-a-Thon and only wish I could inspire others to read it too. As a book-lover, I really appreciated the book-mad main character and the air of mystery and intrigue kept me turning pages rapidly.A Gift to Remember by Melissa Hill
Published by Simon and Schuster on 24 Sept 2013
Genres: Chick Lit
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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 Recap of A Gift to Remember :
Darcy while cycling to work in New York crashes into a pedestrian who loses his memory from the knock. She works hard to solve the mystery of who Mr Harris really is and in trying to work out his life, she may just come to a few realisations about her own too.
First Line of A Gift to Remember :
“Anyone who says that money can’t buy happiness has clearly never been inside a bookstore.”
My Thoughts on A Gift to Remember :
Darcy is so like me in lots of ways that I adored reading about her. She is obsessed with books and all things literary, she works in a fab sounding book shop in NYC and her future ambitions to run bookish walking tours around NYC just sound like so much fun. I’d love to meet Darcy in real life as I think we’d spend hours talking about all the books in our lives. But with her nose stuck in a book so much, she does at times leave real life pass her by. At night, she dreams of meeting not her Mr Right but her Mr Darcy.
So when she bangs in to Mr Harris (literally!), you just know her life is going to change for the better. And Darcy sets off on a mysterious and puzzling quest as to Mr Harris’s real identity. I had no idea what direction this was taking and I was kept guessing and plotting until nearly the end of the book. I wasn’t expecting the twist and I loved it. I know this author is queen of the twists and every time I think, I’ll get this one but I NEVER do! The award for book trickery goes to Melissa Hill yet again :O
The romance is perfect. Darcy and Mr Harris are like a match made in a book…oh wait…I forgot for a second that is what they are! They are both realistic and warm and just so genuine that I want the mushiest of scenes for them. And when Mr Harris came to the bookshop, my heart beat just those few beats faster than normal. So swoony, I felt starry eyed and had all the feels.
As always a New York location never fails to excite me. Add in a bookshop background and lots of snow and this all makes for a vibrant and romantic setting. And in case you’re wondering there is an Irish connection however none of this book takes place in Ireland. Every chapter starts with book lover quotes or famous quotes from books and so many of them are old favourites that it was lovely to see them in this book and they all just seemed so appropriate to the storyline. And I have to mention Bailey who is Mr Harris’s husky dog, I just want to hug him to death and buy him a hot dog.
Overall this book made me swoon, made me laugh, puzzled the hell out of me and gave me a fantastic few hours entertainment. I loved it and have no doubt it will be reread again in the future.
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Who should read A Gift to Remember ?
If you are a fan of puzzling books with great characters and a romantic, feel-good vibe then you should check this one out. It gets my 5 star stamp of approval and that isn’t something I give easily.