Book Review: A Parcel for Anna Browne – 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?’

Oh wow, who doesn’t like receiving gifts? Especially when they come out of the blue, totally unexpected, and turn out to be so personal, so right?

No that doesn’t happen to me either, but in this gorgeous fairytale of a book, the very lucky Anna Browne is amazed when these mysterious parcels turn up, delivered at work in front of everyone. A shy, unassuming and very sweet character, Anna feels self conscious at all the attention she gets, so squirrels them away to open in private.

I love the way that the anticipation is built up when Anna receives each gift. I cannot wait for her to open them; it’s like Christmas. But I love the way she holds back, enjoying the mystery of not only not knowing the identity of the sender, but prolonging the tension and wonder of what’s inside.

I also love the way Anna’s character grows in confidence throughout the story, as we find out her past too. I love all of Miranda’s characters, they just come alive on the page, and I wish I could be friends with them in real life.

Waiting for this book to be published was like a gift in itself; that savouring of the build up to Christmas and birthdays, looking forward to something so much you’re a little bit scared that it might not quite live up to expectations.

But no need to worry. A Parcel for Anna Browne is just the gift that keeps on giving (apologies for the corny words but Christmas is coming, after all!).

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