The gift of a lifetime?
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 Browne 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?
Pan Macmillan | September 2015 | General Market Fiction
While the cover looks rather Christmasy, this isn’t a Christmas book. It’s a bit of a non-magical fairy tale, really, but the transformation in Anna Browne doesn’t come about to win Prince Charming’s heart. Which is good because neither option for Prince Charming deserves her. There’s no whimsical woodland creatures to befriend. Well, unless you count Ricky the Rat. There IS a wicked mother (not step) though and a mysterious sort of fairy godparent if we really want to take this analogy to the bitter end.
I enjoyed Miranda Dickinson’s writing style very much. While most of the events are seen from Anna’s perspective, the author switches briefly to other characters as new chapters begin. This adds to the intrigue surrounding the identity of who keeps sending Anna the parcels and provides more depth to the secondary players.
Speaking of the secondary players – they were a quirky bunch 🙂 From Babs the cleaner to Ted the security guard to Anna’s neighbors and everyone in between, Miranda Dickinson has crafted an oddly endearing cast of characters that are sure to make readers smile.
Perhaps the best aspect of A Parcel for Anna Browne is watching Anna transform over the course of the book from a shy and timid receptionist to a beautiful young woman who stands up for herself with confidence and enjoys life. It was refreshing to spend so much time with this heroine who may have indeed fallen in love along the way but she didn’t need rescuing by a hero. As a matter of fact, she may have even done some rescuing of her own 🙂
Bottom Line: While not a Christmas book, A Parcel for Anna Browne is perfect for the season. Dimensional characters and an uplifting plot are wrapped around a cozy romance that will warm your heart. Beneath the entertaining story lies the even more important reminder to be ourselves for ourselves before we ever become anything else for anybody. It did drag a bit for me during the first half, but once it hit the midpoint of the novel I couldn’t put it down.
Reviewer’s Note: Since I normally review Christian fiction, I want to mention that this is a general market novel and does contain very occasional and minor instances of profanity. Considerably less than you would hear in a television sitcom.
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
My Rating: 3.5 stars / A good read!
KissingBook Level: 2 / Warm, rosy internal glow of sweetness
About the Author:
Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. From an early age she dreamed of writing a book that would make the heady heights of Kingswinford Library. Following a Performance Art degree, she began to write in earnest when a friend gave her The World’s Slowest PC. She is also a singer-songwriter. Her novels, Fairytale of New York, Welcome To My World, It Started With A Kiss, When I Fall In Love and Take A Look At Me Now, have all been Sunday Times bestselling titles.