The Present – Charlotte Phillips

12 magical gifts, one love that lasts a lifetime…

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me … one romantic Christmas you won’t forget.

When helping to clear out her beloved grandmother’s home, Lucy Jackson discovers twelve beautiful Christmas decorations hidden in the loft. As she discovers their heartbreaking story, a touching romance develops with the handsome gardener next door.




I always look forward to a really good romance story over Christmas, and this one really lived up to The Present tag. It was packed full of love, surprises and more than enough ‘will that girl ever come to her senses’ to keep me reading.

The idea of the box of old decorations from the loft being the key to Olive’s history was such a beautiful idea, it really shone a light on her past in a different way. I enjoyed Lucy’s journey trying to discover where the old baubles came from, and what they had meant to her grandmother. I loved discovering the secrets of Olive’s past, and her life back in 1944, before she became a mother and a grandmother.

The characters in this novel did exactly what they were meant to do, I loved and disliked in equal measure. Olive was a complete darling, Lucy did a lot of things I would have done, so I found her utterly relatable. But I absolutely could not stand Rod, what an utter bore! I found myself wanting to shake Lucy until she came to her senses – how could she have lived her life like that for so long? It takes a well written character to give you such strong emotions, so bravo to Charlotte for that.

I found myself still awake and reading this novel until way past 2am, I just had to know whether all the secrets would finally be revealed and whether Lucy would finally come to her senses, dump Rod and be with the delightful Jack.

Let’s be honest, if I could create my own leading man I think he might be a little like Jack – he rescues you and looks like Tom Hardy! What’s not to love?

A great winter warmer of a novel, full of secrets and romances old and new.

If you want to get to know more about the lovely Charlotte Phillips check her out on Twitter.

Thank you to Harper Collins UK & NetGalley for providing me this copy in return for an honest review.


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