Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (24 Oct 2013)
Darcy Archer works in a small bookstore in Manhattan. A daydream believer, she refuses to settle for anything less than being swept off her feet by the perfect man… literally. One day, when cycling to work, Darcy accidentally crashes into a sharply dressed gentleman walking his dog. He is knocked out cold, rushed to hospital and the poor pup gets left behind. Wracked with guilt, Darcy takes the dog and makes plans to reunite him with owner, Aiden. As she discovers the mysterious stranger’s world of books, travel, adventure and all the wonderful things she’s ever dreamt about, Darcy builds a picture of this man and wonders if he could be THE ONE… But does fantasy match reality? What happens when Prince Charming wakes up? Will Aiden be the happy ever after she’s always imagined?
I loved Darcy from the very first page (as well as being envious of her job in Chaucer’s!).
We find out about her background and her colleagues. She’s totally opposite to her Aunt Katherine who she’s lived with since she was 12. Katherine is career-driven and ambitious… and Darcy has rejected that life. A simple life with simple needs.
The fateful day of the accident, Darcy has overslept. She cycles to work and it’s snowing … I have to say the scene is quite traumatic!
Even though looking after Bailey does disrupt her life, it does cause an unexpected turnaround with a neighbour.
I thought it was fun trying to work out Aiden’s life and personality from his home and refreshingly, Darcy blurts out that she was the one responsible for the accident (no falling in love and then the male lead finding out that she had lied/kept a secret). This love story isn’t about the will they/won’t they. In fact, I felt it was unique in that we only get Darcy’s perspective on how she’s feeling …
However, we’re teased in chapters where we read Aiden’s narrative – which is his life leading up to the accident. Each time a little more is revealed which of course is a page turner. I was as curious as Darcy about him 🙂
I love that all is not as it seems. Very cleverly written. The quotes at the beginning of Darcy’s chapters are great too.
Definitely recommend you make space for A Gift to Remember in your reading schedule.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.