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A Christmas Wish: A heartwarming, uplifting and fun Christmas romance Kindle Edition
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'A lovely story of self-discovery. It was heartfelt and emotional and a heart-warming tale of new beginnings' Jo Thomas.
'Completely charming ... Wonderful setting and [a] beautiful atmosphere' My Pretty Little Book Reviews.
'A story of self-discovery, love, romance and Christmas wishes come true' Estella Robinson, Love Romance Books Blog. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Erin Green writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life, and laughter. She was awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017 and previously, Love Stories 'New Talent Award' in 2015.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B071YNFZGQ
- Publisher : Aria (1 August 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2200 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 414 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 151,548 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It wa a great read - frustrating but full of laughs and sadness I enjoyed it all the way..
While Flora's past was sad, she did throw a bit of a pity-party for herself initially and used the circumstance to explain her failures, understandably. But, Flora did an about-face on Christmas Eve when a spur of the moment decision saw her on a quest to find out just who she was. She returned to St. Bede's Mews, Pooley and the very doorstep where she was first found. Little did she realise the impact her search for answers about 'Baby Bede' would have on her and the town's people. Then there was hero Joel, a policeman and Flora's romantic interest.
Erin's writing was descriptive, her characters were well-developed and there were plenty of Christmas references. The English village setting created imagery of a delightful and close-knit, if gossipy community. The story was told via multi POVs and it was interesting to witness both Flora's flaws and her personal growth. There were occasions when some scenes in the book seemed crowded or there were a lot of problems/queries raised. But, the conclusion addressed all the puzzles, secrets and questions satisfactorily.
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I have made it a habit, a joy of life to follow debut authors from the Romantic Novelists Association and it was with great joy that I came across this young lady’s’ first release. Getting published is a very difficult thing to accomplish, believe me, I know, however when you come across a story of this quality you know that all the hard effort that the author has put in is worth it as we, the reader, get to enjoy the fruits of her labour.
Briefly, this is a ‘Christmas’ story with a difference as despite the title, the story actually begins on Christmas Eve as our protagonist, Flora, is drawn back to the town in which she was abandoned as a new-born and the story is of her quest to find her mother. Aided by local copper, Joel, she finds more than she’d bargained for, and ultimately, the price she pays emotionally for the truth is more than made up for by what she gains from her spur-of-the-moment decision to leave a party to make the journey into the unknown.
For a debut author, I am very impressed by the skilful way this author weaves a tale of multiple characters, all with interlocking stories and motives that you swiftly get used to. It’s an unusual way of telling a story, though by no means less enjoyable for it and I’d be happy if I had half the skill to tell a tale so well. We switch from Flora, to Joel, to ex’s, landladies, doctors and well, you name it, we get it.
I’m very pleased to report that each character is well written, you can feel the love the author brings to each of her creations and this is a very, very accomplished first outing. I shall leave you with one final thought – keep an eye out for this author because after you have finished reading ‘A Christmas Wish’, the first thought that will go through your mind is when will her next book be out?
From the very beginning you get a really good picture of Flora. Having abandoned her friends at a club in Christmas eve, she sets off up the country in search of her past. From this very action you can see she is a determined young woman, and the more we get to know her, you get to see her head-strong and stubborn streak, as well as her kind nature and apprehension over what she is going to find. And she really does go on an emotional journey, torn between her love for her adoptive parents and her need to discover the truth about herself and her birth mother. Perhaps it is her age, or the fact that she is coming off the back of a failed relationship with no ties and no family to call her own, but whatever the reason, now it seems is the perfect time to head to Pooley to try to find the truth.
Now it doesn’t take long for the humorous side of the book to show itself. An accidental altercation with a Police Officer on her very first night sees Flora very nearly spend Christmas day in custody. And it is this gentle humour and the subsequent development of the friendship between Flora and Joel, which comes to inform the tone of the whole story. You can see that there is an immediate chemistry between the two, which isn’t just the painkillers Joel is taking following his first introduction to Flora. It really is a beautiful thing to watch blossom, beset with misunderstandings and plagued by those who would see to sabotage their relationship before it even begins.
There are some wonderfully diverse characters in the book, everyone from Landlady Annie, who becomes like a surrogate mother to Flora while she stays in Pooley, to the more eccentric characters such as Darren, the boy who discovered young Flora all those years before. Each one captures a certain element of village life, bringing a sense of authenticity to the story itself, especially the setting. And then there is Veronica. Joel’s ex. Well she’s certainly a character. I’ll say no more about her – perhaps best you read for yourself. There are so many people who have reason to keep secrets, that it really could be any of a number of residents who know the truth and yet no one seems to come forward. With many a clue being left for Flora in her comments book, how much of it she can rely on remains to be seen.
The story is told from the points of view of many characters, so I did have to concentrate a little as to who it was we were following in which chapter. It is easy enough to do, with the voices unique enough to tell apart and the narrative making it clear who was who. It is the first time I’ve come across quite so many voices being used, as we have not only Flora and Joel, but Annie, Flora’s adoptive mother, Janet, the Dr whose doorstep Flora was left on, Veronica and a mystery narrator all adding their voices to the mix, it is quite a lot to keep track of. If you don’t like multi-narrator stories, then this may well see you crack. It didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story, but took a little getting used to.
Overall, this is a very heart-warming and uplifting read, just perfect for Christmas.
The hero, Josh, is just perfect and what a brilliant and original way for them to meet (she breaks his nose!).
I'm looking forward to Erin's next book already!
I hate giving up on books but I felt no excitement as I plodded on.... Eventually I remembered that thankfully I only had paid 99p on Kindle for the book and skipped to the ending to discover who Mum was....
Erin writes a wonderful storyline, with great characters, as you get swept up into the search for answers from the past, with the assistance of Joel a local Police officer.
It doesn't take long for romance to blossom between the two despite an auspicious first meeting.
It's a book that kept me reading late into the evening, and one that I didn't want to conclude as I enjoyed the storyline and characters so much.