Thursday, 11 October 2018

Book Review - A Christmas Gift by Sue Moorcroft - Blog Tour

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Title: A Christmas Gift
Author: Sue Moorcroft
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 4th October 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip to life. But since her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts, Georgine’s struggled to make ends meet.

To keep her mind off her worries, she throws herself into organising the Christmas show at the local school. And when handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, Georgine’s grateful for the help. But there’s something about Joe she can’t quite put her finger on. Could there be more to him than meets the eye?

Georgine’s past is going to catch up with her in ways she never expected. But can the help of friends new and old make this a Christmas to remember after all?

Utterly unputdownable, compulsive reading, that had me turning the pages as fast as I could read them. I have a feeling Georgine and Joe's stories will live with me for quite a while. 

These are real characters, they had gritty backgrounds, where things have been tough in their earlier years.  Joe and Georgine knew each other at school briefly but when they meet again,  Georgine doesn't recognise him initially. 

For one of them there is a rags to riches story waiting in the wings, for the other it was more riches to rags.  Between them and their family the book tackles a fair few issues, including debt, in a way that draws you and and makes you want to reach out and help these people as though they weren't fictional characters. 

Although there are a variety of serious topics, this also had great moments of light heartedness, and I loved everything to do with Acting Instrumental where Georgine works. 

Seeing how they put together a Christmas show, is very interesting  and seeing it all from behind the scenes, for a show that has similar themes to those running through the book.  

I wouldn't say I got a festive feeling from this, but I did get a fabulous story to read, set in Middledip and Bettsborough, where odd familiar faces from Sue Moorcroft's previous books were popping up, and putting in a cameo or too.  Although not overly festive, there was a good sense of the run up to Christmas, from people that are not necessarily having the easiest time of things, and gives a more realistic view of Christmas than the "typical film Christmas". 

There are so many good things I would love to say about this book, which held my interest throughout, threw in some surprises, back stories that was fascinating, assorted scenes with action, and many other fabulous aspects - but I don't want to give anything way. 

I suggest that you take a chance and read this yourself, whether you are a fan of the author, in which case you may agree with me that this is one of her best, or new to the author, read this book, it is simply superb. 

Thank you to Avon and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for posting this fantastic review on your blog, Rachel, and for being part of the blog tour. Mwah!


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