Some of you will have seen that I have been joining in book blog tour over the last year and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy doing. More often than not I share extracts from the books with you but this time I wanted to write a review of my own. It’s something I wanted to do especially as Sue Moorcroft is an author I discovered not long ago and I can’t get enough of her books.
A Christmas Gift is available now on ebook from Amazon and will be available in hardback from 1st November. Here’s a bit about the book:
Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip to life. But since her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts, Georgine’s struggled to make ends meet.
To keep her mind off her worries, she throws herself into organising the Christmas show at the local school. And when handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, Georgine’s grateful for the help. But there’s something about Joe she can’t quite put her finger on. Could there be more to him than meets the eye?
Georgine’s past is going to catch up with her in ways she never expected. But can the help of friends new and old make this a Christmas to remember after all?
I was thrilled to receive a hardback copy of this festive offering just over a week ago. It arrived on a Saturday morning and I couldn’t resist curling up with a cup of tea and making a start. Sue Moorcroft has a easy way of engaging with you and you quickly find yourself immersed. Without realising it I read for over three hours that morning and had to tear myself away to take the children out for a couple of hours ( I could have easily carried on reading). Right from the start Sue tackles the issue of debt and this runs throughout the book, we can see the effect it has and we see Georgine trying to cope the best she can on her own.
I liked the fact you are introduced to the two main characters within the first couple of pages and from there we see the journey they go on. It’s as if your with them at every step. I think this really helped to draw me into the book.
Georgine throws herself into the Christmas show at Acting Instrumental where she works and along with her new colleague we get caught up in all the festive build up of the show. I quickly found myself wanting to know more about the characters and this is something that Sue Moorcroft does so well, she effortlessly introduces us to each of the main characters backgrounds and you see how they influence their actions throughout the chapters. I soon realised there is more to Joe than meets the eye and how Georgine reacts when she finds out.
Not only does Sue tackle the issues of debt within the book, she also tackles alcoholism and domestic violence. This are not easy issues to address but Sue manages it effortlessly and you really empathise with the characters. All the way through the book the topics intertwine with the story line and I found myself thoroughly immersed.
I could go on and on but I really don’t want to spoil the book for you all. I simply loved A Christmas Gift, it is perfect for curling up with on a chilly evening or a relaxing Sunday and gives you that lovely Christmasy feeling.
Why not pop along and visit some of the other blogs taking part in the blog tour