28.7.14

Book Review: A Gift to Remember by Melissa Hill

Daydream believer Darcy Archer works in a small bookstore in Manhattan. Just like the heroines from her favourite novels, she's waiting for 'Mr Perfect' to sweep her off her feet. Then one morning, when cycling to work, Darcy accidentally crashes into him instead...
As the sharply dressed man is taken away in an ambulance, Darcy is left holding his puppy and a gift wrapped package. wracked with guilt, and vowing to set things right, she leaps headfirst into the world of this stranger: his name is Aidan Harris and he has a passion for books, travel and adventure- and it's not long before Darcy thinks he could be The One.
But will her fantasy match the reality when Aidan wakes up? And, more pressingly, who was the gift wrapped package really destined for?
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 405 

I adored this book from start to finish. The only other book I have read by Melissa Hill is Something From Tiffanys but I will certainly be working my way through her other books now.
A Gift to Remember focuses on Darcy Archer; she is the manager of a
beautiful book store called Chalkers. She always has her head in a book and so is still looking for Mr Right but who will measure up to all of the great fictional men she has been filling her head with? Step in Aidan Harris who Darcy literally knocks over with her bike. Lying on the pavement, Darcy can see that Aidan is every bit as handsome as Mr Rochester but the problem is that due to the collision, he has absolutely no idea who he is. The book follows Darcy as she sets about helping Aidan to remember which is no mean feat but the more she does find out, the more she likes him but who knows if he is free or not to like her back.
Darcy Archer is a lovely character who I warmed to instantly (a little bit of this was because my daughter has the same name). As a fellow book worm, I very much identified with Darcy; often the people who I meet in real life do not match up to the fictional characters that I enjoy. Aidan is also a very good character; he is clearly handsome and Melissa Hill feeds the reader snippets that leave you wanting more.
A Gift to Remember has a really lively pace. I was on holiday but it still only took me just over a day to read it. Melissa Hill brought in a lot of humour through some of the smaller characters which I really enjoyed and I loved her descriptions of New York and its different establishments. A Gift to Remember is a fantastic read; it is romantic, funny and heart warming. I'm looking forward to catching up with some of Melissa's other books.

Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for sending me a review copy.

9 comments:

Nadia A said...

As soon as you mentioned book store, I knew I would read this one. It sounds so good and cute! I love the idea of her trying to help this man she doesn't know, but imagines to be her Mr. Darcy :) So glad you posted about it!

Dot said...

Ah thanks Nadia! It's a really lovely read, look forward to hearing what you think of it.

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

This sounds darling. Bookstore settings and bookish characters are some of my favorites. I just added this to my reading list.

Kim said...

Books, NYC, puppies and presents! What's not to love here. Just ordered this one. Thanks for the review, Dot.

Dot said...

I hope you enjoy it Holly and Kim xxx

Jean Bull said...

Thanks for your review, Dot, I went out and bought it this morning!

Dot said...

Hope you enjoy it Jean xx

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