Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Books Read: Melissa Hill - The Charm Bracelet

Source - Received from publisher to review

Every charm bracelet tells a story and Holly O'Neill knows this better than most.

Many years ago she was sent one mysteriously, just a single charm attached. Some time later another charm appeared, and the same happened until the bracelet was almost full. Each charm proved significant, as if her anonymous benefactor knew she needed a little bit of magic in her life.

So when Holly stumbles across another bracelet - one that somebody else has lost - she recognises a lifetime spelt out through the charms, and knows she must try to reunite it with its owner.

Using each charm to help discover more about the bracelet's owner, Holly gradually begins to piece together details of this other charmed life. And her quest leads her somewhere she never expected...

Holly O'Neill received a charm bracelet anonymously shortly after the death of her father and since then has been receiving mysterious charms at monumental times in her life, each charm having a particular significance.  She lives in New York with her son Danny and works in a vintage clothes store which she loves and is perfectly happy with her lot.

When she discovers a charm bracelet in a box of donated clothes she makes it her mission to try and track down the original owner as she's sure this will have sentimental value to the owner as much as hers does to her.   With only the charms as clues she knows there is a story behind each charm which will help her to return it to its rightful owner which seems like an impossible task.

Although Holly is the main character in the book there are several other characters plus a couple of different storylines and at first it's not particularly clear how these are related but as the story progresses it all begins to make sense.

Melissa Hill definitely has the knack of writing a feel-good book and this one definitely has the old school feel of chicklit books of yesteryear.  It was one of those books that you just could not put down, you just had to keep reading one more chapter to see whether she was able to track down who the bracelet belonged to.

I've read all of Melissa Hill's books over the years and I can truly say that this was definitely one of her best, I loved it right from the start and finished it within a day.  I'd like to thank Hodder & Stoughton for sending me a copy of this book to review.

If you are a fan of Melissa Hill then why not head to Amazon and grab your copy now, it's available in Hardback or e-book format now or you can pre-order the paperback version which is due out in October.

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