I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson
Published by Pan Macmillan on September 24, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
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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?
For me A Parcel for Anna Browne was a slow-burner of a book. Initially I thought that this book wasn’t really for me and thought that I would have to DNF. But after the first fifty pages this book won me over and slowly I began to fall in love with this book.
The central theme are the mystery parcels and the effects they have on Anna, both in her professional and personal life. Pushing her to gain confidence and to be sure of what she wanted from life. Personally, the mystery here is more to do with what Anna will receive next rather than the mystery donor, that kept me hooked. Well that and the budding romance between Anna and Ben. It was perfection seeing both of them taking tentative steps to start their relationship.
For me what I disliked about this book, that it was very easy to guess who the mystery sender was, and there was nothing really to dissuade me otherwise, or at least there was nothing seriously significant to dissuade me. No grand gesture to mixed messages. And so when it came to the big revealing, it fell a bit flat.
I was left wanting more from A Parcel for Anna Browne, or at least a little surprise, but cannot deny that it is a great read. The perfect book to read in front of a fire.