Oh it’s too early for Christmas but this debut novel from Erin Green uses the holidays and the celebrations as a background for personal growth and discovery. Please read on for my review of
A Christmas Wish
Told in alternating first person points of view from several characters: this is the story of Flora Phillips and her need to find out just who she is, and why she was left on a doorstep as a newborn. At the start, Flora is a bit of a pity-me girl – and doesn’t engender much empathy as she has blamed all of her failings on her history. Can’t keep a job? She was abandoned as an infant. Can’t find a man? Abandoned – why would anyone want her? It was a struggle for me to not want to slap her and turn her to look forward rather than excusing her own lack of motivation and drive because of her history. And then, things started to turn for her (and me).
An impulsive decision to head to the doorstep on which she was found, and hopefully discover more about her own parentage turns into life changing moments for her and the people of the town. From an inglorious head butt to a policeman who will later become a love interest, to the wonderful pub owner Annie offering her support, comfort and friendship: the long buried secret of the “Baby Bede” causes tumult, turmoil and several upsets.
The concept behind this story is glorious, and Green shows a facility with description, characterization and drama that is evident, if occasionally bordering on too much information to process. But, nearer the end of the story, it becomes clear that this is Flora’s path through the questions she’s had, the people she encounters and the secrets and suspicions they have: liberally peppered with insets from the townsfolk and their own memories of 1986. With relationships starting, ending and experiencing tumult, Flora’s search is at the center of it all: from the sublime to the messy. With the little village where everyone knows your name, your history and even your family, she is an anomaly: all knew of her, none knew how she came to be.
If you are willing to surrender to the story as it unfolds, building a picture of the town and the people, you will search along with Flora: finding clues and information, seeing her grow and revert to old habits, and watch as her relationship with the town and Joel grows, and answers come to light. A wonderful debut that puts Erin Green on my authors to watch list.
Title: A Christmas Wish
Author: Erin Green
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Aria
Published on: 1 August, 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Flora Phillips has an excuse for every disaster in her life; she was abandoned as a new-born on a doorstep on Christmas Eve 1984. Her philosophy is simple: if your mother doesn't want you – who will?
Now a thirty-year-old, without a boyfriend, a career or home she figures she might as well tackle the biggest question of them all – who is she? So, whilst everyone else enjoys their Christmas Eve traditions, Flora escapes the masses and drives to the village of Pooley to seek a specific doorstep. Her doorstep.
But in Pooley she finds more than her life story. She finds friends, laughter, and perhaps even a love to last a lifetime. Because once you know where you come from, its so much easier to know where you're going.
A story of redemption and love, romance and Christmas dreams-come-true, the perfect novel to snuggle up with this festive season.
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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