Sue Moorcroft comes to the blog today with a holiday story full of community, family, opportunities and moving forward all full of moments to love in
A Christmas Gift
Georgine French is an events director at a relatively newly created secondary school focused on the performing arts She loves all things theatrical, and while family financial difficulties put an end to her degree, this position is tailor-made for her. Organized, upbeat and enthusiastic, the 17 through 19 year olds that she manages all find a source of inspiration and confidence in her presence. But not all is rosy – a breakup with her ex left debt collectors at her door, and her struggles to pay off large bills that he had run up in their name leaves her understandably unsettled. With him unwilling to take his responsibilities in hand, and the sudden appearance of her younger sister, guilting her into letting her stay as her own money management issues caused her relationship to break down, things are chaotic at home.
Joe Blackthorn is a new volunteer employee at Acting Instrumental, handed off to Georgine to orient (read babysit) by her very unusual, yet best boss ever, Oggie. Quiet and almost monosyllabic, she’s finding it hard to see just what Joe would bring to the school, but ever in need of a helping hand she ropes him into her organization scheme, watching rehearsals, talking to students, you name it. But Joe has a secret – years earlier he and Georgine were friends in school – while he was navigating a severely dysfunctional home life, poverty and some minor criminal and gang activity, she was the popular posh girl – with everything his council estate friends envied and thus wanted to destroy.
With trust issues the size of Scafell Pike and secrets (and shames) that could sink the Titanic – Joe’s double, no triple, identities, Georgine’s guilt and belief that her youthful indiscretions were the result of her family’s sudden change of circumstance, and the willingness of her sister and her ex to play on those guilts thus pushing her further into inflexible demands, the road these two have to travel is laden with pitfalls. But Joe’s determination to find and nurture talent, preparing these wide-eyed young artistic types for the pitfalls and bumps in the road is his main objective – all while ignoring a rift in the band he’d been in for the past decades, and his separation of identities, jobs and even homes. Surprisingly the story tackles multiple issues from secrets and responsibilities to the past and present informing your future, a bit of romance for Georgine and Joe, and some truly lovely moments with the Christmas show – the story was a read in one sitting sort of book, that brought the true meaning of what is important: family, friends and trust, to the forefront.
Title: A Christmas Gift
Author: Sue Moorcroft
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Holiday Themed, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Avon Books UK
Published on: 1 November, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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