Thursday, 8 October 2015

A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson

There has been a huge blog tour for A Parcel for Anna Browne with so many bloggers wanting to show their support for this sparkly novel and today it is my stop on the tour bus and I am so pleased to finally be able to share my review for this exciting, uplifting and heartwarming book by the incredibly talented Miranda Dickinson.

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?

One of the books I have been looking forward to all year is A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson, the synopsis won me over straight away and the delicate and sparkly cover seemed to seal the deal for me although the hefty size of the book at 511 pages was a bit of a shocker.

Anna Browne isn’t a woman who stands out from the crowd. She has a good heart and everyone she meets can’t help but warm to her but she is a normal woman who seems to fade into the background, that is until an unexpected parcel arrives for her at work with an exquisite gift inside but Anna has no idea who on earth would have sent such a thoughtful gift for her anonymously. As each parcel arrives everyone including Anna herself starts to notice a change in her as she starts to blossom but who is the mystery sender?

This is by far my favourite book by Miranda Dickinson, I was surprised how quick I read the book given the amount of pages and yet the storyline didn’t feel drawn out at all. The idea of the mystery gifts was something that really appealed to me, the thought of someone taking the time to pick such thoughtful gifts to give to someone and the consequences of the gift how it can really brighten someone’s day. I found this made the book such an uplifting and exciting read as with each parcel that arrives I was eager to find out what it would contain, and let me tell you sometimes I could have shook Anna she has such will power I would have been unwrapping that present the moment I had it in my hands!

There are such fantastic characters in this book and I was over the moon to see that the character Rea the gossiping journalist was inspired by me it is a surreal thing to read a book with a character with my unusual name! 

Anna was impossible not to love from the moment we meet her as she is such a genuine and lovable woman and the secret parcels couldn’t have gone to a more deserving character. There is some great office banter too especially from the theories that dear Ted came out with!

I had an idea at the start of the book who the mystery sender could be but half way through the book my suspicion completely changed and I guessed who it was but I don’t think it is a predictable book but having read so many thrillers and crime books recently I am looking more closely for hidden clues that may lead us down the wrong path and this was how I managed to pick up on something that made me change my mind on my original suspect!

This was a wonderful uplifting read that ticked all the boxes for me and this one will be staying on my shelf and I will definitely be recommending to friends and family and I may even attempt to send a few mysterious parcels to brighten someones day too.

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