Yes, I know we haven’t had Halloween yet, but even so, I love my Christmas books, and this one by Sue Moorcroft is brilliant so I wanted to share my thoughts with you, before the glittering Hardback comes out next week
A Christmas Gift
Author: Sue Moorcroft
Publisher: Avon Books
Page count: 384pp
Release date: 4th Oct 18 (ebook) 1st Nov 18. Hardback
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
Georgine France has just taken on a new role at Acting Instrumental, in Middledip, a town readers of Moorcroft’s work will have come across before. Georgine is busy trying to dodge debt collectors- though it’s not her debt, it’s her ex Aidan’s – though this seems to make no difference to the men currently banging on her door. Amidst all this she’s incredibly busy as it’s just six weeks until the opening night of “A Very Kerry Christmas, Uncle Jones, this year’s Christmas show by the top year students.”
On her arrival at the school she runs into Oggie (Norman Ogden) her good natured boss, who asks her to his office. It appears she has to “babysit” new employee Joe Blackthorn as he is still awaiting his DBS (a certificate needed to allow teachers to work with). He’s not exactly Mr Chatty and seems quiet with her, yet gets involved in conversation with dance tutor Madie, then Fern, who helps him use to apply for his DBS. Despite herself, Georgine is rather put out. Yet somehow she’s also starting to quite like him. Thing is, he’s a bit familiar – and yes, there’s a reason for that.
As with all Moorcroft’s book, her B story tends to examine a relevant social issue – one that is current and important.
In this one, we have Georgine struggling financially and with anxiety, as her ex Aidan who got her in trouble won’t get involved with dealing with the debt collectors. It’s made worse by the fact her sister Blair throws away money like empty chocolate wrappers. At the same time, Joe is trying to get away from his past and two alcoholic parents and a youth spent living in a tough estate.
Despite showing these harsh realities, Moorcroft also portrays the unexpected kindness that people can show, and how good a lot of people really can be. The Angel Comminity Cafe from a previous book is also blooming and it feels so warm, cosy and Christmassy you can almost smell chocolate, gingerbread and other culinary delights.
As for the book itself, this is pure Christmas delight, filled with humour, emotional characters, revelations and yes a HEA for those who regularly read romance.
I’m also pretty sure we might meet a Grandma Patty next year in USA. And other characters in Middledip.