Sunday 22 July 2018

Reviw: Popular Fiction: Something from Tiffany's by Melissa Hill

Hodder & Stoughton, €17.15

This is bestseller Melissa Hill's ninth book and she's back to romantic popular fiction after last year's sabbatical to co-write a thriller with her husband. She's always been very much in the romantic fiction mould, but part of the reason for her success is the way she injects a big plot twist or two into her stories.

This has given her a special niche, and it works; her new book has been No 1 in the bestseller chart for the last few weeks, another blissfully escapist read that also keeps readers guessing from page to page.

In Something from Tiffany's she introduces a bit of modern fairy-tale magic as the extra ingredient in the romantic mix. This is especially so as the story opens in New York on Christmas Eve, with two very different men heading toward Tiffany's to make purchases for very different reasons.

Ethan is planning to propose to Vanessa on Christmas Day. She is the first women to have made him happy since his wife Jane passed away. Jane always dreamed of having a magical gift from Tiffany's. So Ethan heads into Tiffany's to pick up a highly expensive engagement ring specially measured for Vanessa.

Also heading toward Tiffany's is Gary, whose girlfriend Rachel has paid for their trip to New York. After a last-minute spending spree on himself, he realises he has not yet bought a Christmas gift for Rachel. He picks up a cheap silver charm bracelet. Leaving the store, Gary steps out in front of a cab and is knocked down.

Ethan comes to his rescue, but amid all the chaos a few bags get switched -- you can guess which ones. As a consequence, Christmas Day does not exactly turn out the way either of them had anticipated.

Reuniting the gifts with the women they're intended for isn't as easy as it might seem. Does fate have other ideas for the couples? Or is there simply a bit of Tiffany's magic in the air . . .

This is an absorbing tale that had me hooked from the very start. Things are never simple, and although it's very easy to think Gary is despicable and Ethan is the good guy, it does not always feel like that.

Hill doesn't disappoint with the plot twists, building up to a great ending which, as always, is not what you expected.

Perfect for the poolside, even it is is all about Christmas!

Lisa Quinn

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