An inspiring and enchanting novel from Sunday Times best seller Miranda Dickinson.
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?
A Parcel for Anna Browne is an utterly captivating novel by Sunday Times best-selling author Miranda Dickinson.
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Cute idea but a bit of an eye-roll
The main thing I would like to have seen was a lot more "showing" and less "telling". The reader was told about all sorts of character development through 3rd-person narration without actually getting to see a lot of character development happening. I would also have changed the love-interest altogether - it simply wasn't believable at all. There was nothing about Anna Browne's love-interest that seemed terribly appealing other than that he was allegedly handsome. His character wasn't developed at all; I actually found myself saying "why??" out loud whenever Anna talked longingly about this fellow - not because I thought he was awful but because as the reader I'd not been shown anything about him or their relationship that demonstrated the growing attraction that I was supposed to now believe in.
Like other reviewers, I warmed to Anna after a while, but I just didn't understand the interest in Ben, the man she supposedly falls in love with. It was so unbelievable, and disappointing in the end that this is the guy she fawns over.
Anna's mum is performed really believably and in a cringe-worthy way. It was raw and uncomfortable - just as it was supposed to be. Bravo!
By about halfway through, I found myself rolling my eyes quite a bit at the way the backstory and character development seems to be thrown together rather haphazardly through the narrator simply adding facts along the way, rather than the picture having been painted in a believable way. I'm not sure that I'd recommend spending 13 hours on this.