Thank you to Hannah Pearl and Ruby Fiction/Choc Lit for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. Also thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this blog tour.
Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Step into Romantic Daze …
Daisy Kirk is a sucker for a love story, which is why she opened up her gift shop – because there’s nothing that makes Daisy happier than when she’s helped a customer achieve their own ‘happily ever after’ by finding the perfect Christmas gift for their loved one. And she absolutely does not just sell ‘soppy presents and frilly pants’ as her brother’s infuriating best friend, Eli, is so fond of suggesting.
The sad fact is that whilst Daisy is helping others with their love lives, hers is non-existent. But when unusual circumstances take Daisy and Eli on a road trip from London to rural Wales, will she finally get the happily ever after to her own Christmas love story?
Oh my! I think my heart has just well and truly melted into a pile of mush. You honestly couldn’t ask for a better bunch of characters to make a novel truly heartwarming.
Daisy runs a gift shop specialising in exquisite and bespoke romantic gifts. She has a close relationships with her dad, twin brother Ben (who seems to have autistic traits ) and her best friend. To add to this she has a complex relationship with Ben’s best friend Eli that seems to shift between sibling banter and flirty innuendos.
The relationship between Daisy and Ben is very touching and it’s fantastic to see a character with Ben’s quirks and difficulties who is represented as having a good job and a happy life. Daisy is a sweet and gentle character and is balanced by her best friend Lily who is the complete opposite. Together they make such a friendship goals pair. The banter between Eli and Daisy is amusing and very sibling like and despite being depicted a little as the bad guy in the beginning, I loved him from the start.
Despite being surrounded by loved one, Daisy’s own love life is non existent. I think it’s clear there is only one person who will fill that void fully for her. When Ben becomes tired of their squabbling and disappears, a frantic Daisy and Eli have to work and travel together to find him. Their obvious love for Ben is such a sweet addition to the story and a brilliant way to bring two characters together.
This book has sweet and tender moments, crazy characters and a whole lot of humour. It’s a heartwarming read and I cannot recommend it enough.
Author Bio – Hannah Pearl
Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.
She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.
In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning eReader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.
Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.
Twitter – https://twitter.com/HannahPearl_1