Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the opportunity to review Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop by Hannah Pearl.
Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Step into Romantic Daze …
Daisy Kirk is a sucker for a love story, which is why she opened up her gift shop –because there’s nothing that makes Daisy happier than when she’s helped a customer achieve their own ‘happily ever after’ by finding the perfect Christmas gift for their loved one. And she absolutely does not just sell ‘soppy presents and frilly pants’ as her brother’s infuriating best friend, Eli, is so fond of suggesting.
The sad fact is that whilst Daisy is helping others with their love lives, hers is non-existent. Butwhen unusual circumstances take Daisy and Eli on a road trip from London to rural Wales, will she finally get the happily ever after to her own Christmas love story?
I initialy thought this would be the cliche of festive reads, as in a festive romance and while it does had romance in it with the multiple couples and Daisy’s customers, it is so much more. I enjoyed the suspense of Daisy and Eli trying to find her brother Ben, who disappears one evening. I loved the way in which the author included a character like Ben, although not a huge character, it is still nice to see someone who appears to be on the autism spectrum represented in fiction. I also enjoyed reading about the different characters that enter Daisy’s shop, and her friend Lily was such a hoot. This was the first time I have read anything by Hannah Pearl and I wasn’t disappointed. It was an absolutely joyous read that I couldn’t put down.
Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.
She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.
In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness.When her burgeoning eReader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.
Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association