Sunday, 12 January 2014

Book Review: A GIFT TO REMEMBER BY MELISSA HILL


A GIFT TO REMEMBER
BY
MELISSA HILL


My Rating:  9.5/10

About the Book:
Darcy Archer works in a small bookstore in Manhattan. A daydream believer, she refuses to settle for anything less than being swept off her feet by the perfect man… literally. One day, when cycling to work, Darcy accidentally crashes into a sharply dressed gentleman walking his dog. He is knocked out cold, rushed to hospital and the poor pup gets left behind. Wracked with guilt, Darcy takes the dog and makes plans to reunite him with owner, Aiden. As she discovers the mysterious stranger's world of books, travel, adventure and all the wonderful things she's ever dreamt about, Darcy builds a picture of this man and wonders if he could be THE ONE… But does fantasy match reality? What happens when Prince Charming wakes up? Will Aiden be the happy ever after she's always imagined?
I absolutely loved this book and was instantly captivated as soon as I started reading.

Darcy, 33, was orphaned at 12 and brought up in Brooklyn by her aunt Katherine who runs a successful corporate events business.  She moved to Manhatten when just a teenager and now is the manager of Chaucer's an independent bookstore.  She is at her happiest with her nose in a book and dreams of being swept off her feet by her fictional lovers and is constantly exasperated with her aunt's never-ending quest to match her up with any suitable eligible batchelors!
Teased by her work colleagues who tell that "No flesh and blood man could ever live up to those fictional heroes you're so crazy about" and Darcy couldn't disagree with them.

So when her and Aiden Harris's worlds collide, her imagination runs away with her as she finds pictures of him skydiving, scuba diving, skiing after searching his home for something to jog his memory..........
Darcy sighed at the sheer perfection of it all: this amazing house with its coveted Upper West Side address, top of the range furnishing and rare paintings, the beautiful companion and evidently, the means to travel to the most exciting destinations in the world.  The guy seemed to have it all - things most people could only dare to dream about.  A truly wonderful life.  Who in the world was Aiden Harris?
Darcy's investigations take her to the cream of New York society, meeting people and going to places she would never envisage, while finding new friends closer to home.

What I enjoyed most about this book were the chapters in which Aiden speaks in the lst person.  We find out that in the weeks leading up to the accident he is desperately looking to buy a special gift, but we don't know what it is or what it's for.  The author tells us just enough to keep us guessing about who Aiden really is...if he's so rich why does he have a subway card in his wallet?

An entertaining read, lovely characters, cute puppy with a mystery owner, highly recommended.


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Source:  Received from the publishers in exchange for an honest, unbiased review


Darcy Archer works in a small bookstore in Manhattan. A daydream believer, she refuses to settle for anything less than being swept off her feet by the perfect man… literally.
One day, when cycling to work, Darcy accidentally crashes into a sharply dressed gentleman walking his dog. He is knocked out cold, rushed to hospital and the poor pup gets left behind.
Wracked with guilt, Darcy takes the dog and makes plans to reunite him with owner, Aidan. As she discovers the mysterious stranger's world of books, travel, adventure and all the wonderful things she's ever dreamt about, Darcy builds a picture of this man and wonders if he could be THE ONE…
But does fantasy match reality? What happens when Prince Charming wakes up? Will Aidan be the happy ever after she's always imagined? - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.co.uk/Gift-to-Remember/Melissa-Hill/9781471127618#sthash.iTkRBrLc.dpuf

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