Monday, 21 September 2015

A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson - BLOG TOUR

I am delighted to be today's stop on the BLOG TOUR for Miranda Dickinson's A Parcel for Anna Browne, which is being published on 24 September 2015 by Pan Macmillan.

A Parcel for Anna Browne
By Miranda Dickinson
Published by Pan Macmillan (24 September 2015)
ISBN: 978-1447276050

Publisher's description
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 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?

My verdict
A Parcel for Anna Browne is a gorgeous uplifting story written with warmth and gentle humour.

Anne Browne works on reception in the offices of a major newspaper. No one really takes much notice of her, as the journalists and publishers go about their busy lives. But everything changes when she receives a gift from a mysterious benefactor. Let's face it - who doesn't love a present? Especially when it's unexpected. At first, she keeps these gifts to herself, but then her story becomes big news.

A Parcel for Anna Browne is more than just another chick lit read, as there's a mystery to solve. Who is sending Anna these gifts and why? Each present brings back memories of her not-so-happy childhood and her difficult relationship with her mother.

There are many contenders for her secret benefactor. I did guess their identity correctly quite early on, but this didn't detract from the story at all. It was like reading a fairytale, watching an ordinary woman learn to shine. This is a Cinderella story that makes you think about whether you are achieving your own potential. And if not, whether there's anything you can do to give yourself a boost towards your dreams.

A Parcel for Anna Browne is a great comfort read, an ideal book to curl up with at any time of the year, alongside a glass of wine and plenty of chocolate and cake.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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