Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Book Review - A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson

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Title: A Parcel for Anna Browne
Author: Miranda Dickinson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Pan
Publication Date: 24th September 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

The gift of a lifetime?

Anna Browne is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. Her day job as a receptionist in bustling London isn't exactly her dream, yet she has everything she wants. But someone thinks Anna Browne deserves more . . .

When a parcel addressed to Anna Browne arrives, she has no idea who has sent it. Inside she finds a beautiful gift - one that is designed to be seen. And so begins a series of incredible deliveries, each one bringing Anna further out of the shadows and encouraging her to become the woman she was destined to be. As Anna grows in confidence, others begin to notice her - and her life starts to change.

But who is sending the mysterious gifts, and why?

What does a scarf, a necklace, a pair of shoes and an old record have in common, as well as some other seemingly unconnected items?

They were just some of the parcels that Anna Browne recieves during this book.  Anna is just your average receptionist, working on reception for a big national newspaper. She is happy with noone really paying her attention, and for her life to be fairly ordinary. 

She has a good group of friends, enjoys her job, and is happy pottering along as she is. She has never been a fan of being the centre of attention, and had an awkward childhood.  However all this changes the first time, she receives at parcel at her reception desk, that is for her. 

Anna wasn't expecting anything, and despite her colleagues curious faces decides to take it home to open later. On going to work tomorrow, it seems the parcel has had an almost magical effect, and people are starting to take note of kind, Anna Browne on reception,. 

With each parcel, Anna receives she ends up on a voyage of self discovery, and almost a mini adventure as life suddenly becomes more colourful, with Anna playing a far bigger part in life than she was intending.  As it progresses, she also wants to uncover the mystery of the sender of the parcels, amidst all sorts of conspiracy theories from people she knows. 

This is a story of a personal voyage, of someone who sends thoughtful parcels, friendships and a possible slow building romance. It is a lovely story, and really restores your faith in the possibility that there as potentially selfless good deeds going on. 

I will admit I did suspect the eventual present sender, and also thought the the book felt a bit more drawn out than perhaps it needed to be. Although I enjoyed reading the story, I found it was only towards the last quarter where it became really compulsive to continue, which is when the pace picked up a bit too. 

I know this may sound weird but at times the narration sounded as though it could have been on a Disney film, and I was almost picturing the story as an animation. I'm fairly convinced that add in a few songs, and you would definitely have a hit film. 

Really enjoyed A Parcel for Anna Browne, perhaps not as much as other books by Miranada Dickinson, but still thought it was very good. This is definitely a book for people that love receive mystery parcels, that are seemingly perfect for you. 

Thank you to Pan and Netgalley for this review copy. This is my honest opinion. 

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