Saturday, 9 December 2017

Book Review - The Present by Charlotte Phillips

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Title: The Present
Author: Charlotte Phillips
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 1st December 2017
Rating: 5 Stars


12 magical gifts, one love that lasts a lifetime…
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me … one romantic Christmas you won’t forget.

When helping to clear out her beloved grandmother’s home, Lucy Jackson discovers twelve beautiful Christmas decorations hidden in the loft. As she discovers their heartbreaking story, a touching romance develops with the handsome gardener next door.

The Present is a release that almost escaped my notice completely, and if this is the first you've heard of the book then I urge you to read on, as this is a little gem of a book. 

This is the story of a set of 12 Christmas decorations that are found in the loft of Lucy's grandmother's house, as she was clearing it, while her gran Olive was in hospital.  Now despite Lucy being rather accident prone in her way to find the box these decorations were stored in, once she was safely in the rest of the house, these gifts are uncovered and spark a huge interest in Lucy. 

She is determined to find out the story behind them, and to hopefully return some good memories to Olive, to aid her recovery.  Just one small thing Lucy isn't someone who tends to be spontaneous and her boyfriend Rod isn't exactly a flexible person either, and Lucy has a million and one other things on her to-do list for Rod and to get Christmas ready for his family. 

She does find an unlikely ally though in Joe, Olive's handyman/gardener and between them they slowly unravel the story.  Joe is the complete opposite to Rod, and is pretty much biding time with work until he can go on holiday again. 

As we learn about both of their pasts, we can see and understand just what made these characters behave how they do, and also a lot more about Olive's past. Despite Olive not being the main character she is present without being present as such in most scenes,  as the story revolves around her. 

I loved discovering all the stands of this story and seeing how it would all come together. I recall enjoying some novellas by the author a few years ago, so we really curious to see what a full length book from her would be like. 

Well the answer is incredibly good, fabulous infact, I was hooked on the story the whole way through and very interested in the outcomes. It is one of very few books that I have concentrated on enough to shut out the world and ready relatively quickly recently for which I can applaud it!  

Thank you so much to Netgalley and HarperCollins for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.  

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