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Holly O'Neill knows that every charm bracelet tells a story. Many years ago she was sent one with just a single charm attached. The charms have been appearing ever since, often at challenging times, as if her mysterious benefactor knows exactly when she needs a little magic in her life. As a result, Holly's bracelet is her most prized possession. So when she finds someone Holly O'Neill knows that every charm bracelet tells a story. Many years ago she was sent one with just a single charm attached. The charms have been appearing ever since, often at challenging times, as if her mysterious benefactor knows exactly when she needs a little magic in her life. As a result, Holly's bracelet is her most prized possession. So when she finds someone else's charm bracelet, she feels she has to try to reunite it with its owner. Even if the only way she can is to use each charm to help discover more about them. In a search that will take her all over New York City at Christmas, Holly becomes ever more determined to piece together the details of this other charmed life. But what she doesn't know is that her quest may also lead her somewhere she never, ever expected...


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Holly O'Neill knows that every charm bracelet tells a story. Many years ago she was sent one with just a single charm attached. The charms have been appearing ever since, often at challenging times, as if her mysterious benefactor knows exactly when she needs a little magic in her life. As a result, Holly's bracelet is her most prized possession. So when she finds someone Holly O'Neill knows that every charm bracelet tells a story. Many years ago she was sent one with just a single charm attached. The charms have been appearing ever since, often at challenging times, as if her mysterious benefactor knows exactly when she needs a little magic in her life. As a result, Holly's bracelet is her most prized possession. So when she finds someone else's charm bracelet, she feels she has to try to reunite it with its owner. Even if the only way she can is to use each charm to help discover more about them. In a search that will take her all over New York City at Christmas, Holly becomes ever more determined to piece together the details of this other charmed life. But what she doesn't know is that her quest may also lead her somewhere she never, ever expected...

30 review for The Charm Bracelet

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.com *I won this on a Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway. I would like to thank St. Martin's Press* This book is just so sweet. It's a feel good book read and I really enjoyed it. Holly O'Neill works for The Secret Closet, they resale expensive and vintage cloths, etc. to the public. One day when a new batch of donations come in from UPS, Holly finds a charm bracelet in an inside pocket of a jacket. This is an expensive jacket and they were not supposed to have inside po www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.com *I won this on a Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway. I would like to thank St. Martin's Press* This book is just so sweet. It's a feel good book read and I really enjoyed it. Holly O'Neill works for The Secret Closet, they resale expensive and vintage cloths, etc. to the public. One day when a new batch of donations come in from UPS, Holly finds a charm bracelet in an inside pocket of a jacket. This is an expensive jacket and they were not supposed to have inside pockets so Holly and her boss Carole figured the owner sewed it herself. Carole gives Holly the okay to try and locate the owner. Holly has her own charm bracelet and knows how much they can mean to someone and this seems to be filled with meaningful charms. So, this hunt takes place during the wonderful Christmas season. The book tells two stories. It tells the story of Holly and her son Danny and Greg and his family. It ends up that Greg has something to do with the charm bracelet, but I'm not going to tell you what the connection is... :) It was so wonderful to go on these little hunts with Holly to try to track down people. I loved the atmosphere and the people in the book. I have to say at the end though, I was ready to smack someone to get to the point!!! I couldn't stand it, it's one of those, OMG.. will you get there. You know where it's going but they are doing a turtle walk to get there! But the ending was so sweet that it brought tears to my eyes! Shut-up! It was really good! I recommend to anyone looking for a feel good book for the holidays or any time really.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Holly O'Neill has always cherished her charm bracelet saying that the charms are simply a map to her life marking the good and bad times. She works in a upscale secondhand clothing store and when a donation comes in with a charm bracelet mistakenly inside Holly is determined to find the owner. Greg and his father have been looking for his mother's charm bracelet. She had become sick and the bracelet had always been special to her so the family really wants to keep it but doesn't know what had ha Holly O'Neill has always cherished her charm bracelet saying that the charms are simply a map to her life marking the good and bad times. She works in a upscale secondhand clothing store and when a donation comes in with a charm bracelet mistakenly inside Holly is determined to find the owner. Greg and his father have been looking for his mother's charm bracelet. She had become sick and the bracelet had always been special to her so the family really wants to keep it but doesn't know what had happened. I was a bit disappointed with The Gift of a Charm. I thought going into this one that it was going to be a lovely holiday romance read. Unfortunately the synopsis of searching for a charm bracelet's owner is basically the entirety of the read. Starting off it was sort of a fun little mystery told by the one searching, the original owner and then the son of the owner. But at 400+ pages this just became really boring for me waiting for the "more" that never really came. There was a little twist at the end but a little too little too late for my taste. I won this book from Goodreads First Reads.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About

    Wonderful, heart-warming story! The plot was so engrossing I didn’t want to put it down! Highly recommend.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (Stepping Out Of The Page)

    Despite her huge popularity, I hadn't gotten around to picking up a book by Melissa Hill until this Christmas. Though the Charm Bracelet is the first book that I have read by her, I am sure it won't be the last - it was everything that I was expecting in the most positive way. The Charm Bracelet immediately had me sold as it based around Christmas time - I love Christmas and prefer my reads to be as seasonal as possible, so I had to give this one a go. Of course, this book also has such a fun and Despite her huge popularity, I hadn't gotten around to picking up a book by Melissa Hill until this Christmas. Though the Charm Bracelet is the first book that I have read by her, I am sure it won't be the last - it was everything that I was expecting in the most positive way. The Charm Bracelet immediately had me sold as it based around Christmas time - I love Christmas and prefer my reads to be as seasonal as possible, so I had to give this one a go. Of course, this book also has such a fun and intriguing premise - our main character, Holly, works in a vintage clothing store and finds a charm bracelet, which someone has mistakenly sent inside a jacket pocket, to the store. Holly has a charm bracelet herself and knows how important and sentimental they can be to the owner, so she sets out to find who it belongs to. Alongside the story of Holly, we are introduced to another main character called Greg, who is still finding himself - he has left his steady job in order to pursue his dreams, which causes some relationship problems and in turn, his whole lifestyle gets shaken up. Initially, Greg's story seems very separate from Holly's, but as the story progresses, both story lines become interlinked. I really enjoyed learning about both Holly and Greg as well as about the owner of the bracelet. I really don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I won't go into detail, but the story behind the owner was one of the most special parts of the book for me - it was very touching. Holly works through each charm on the bracelet and tries to find out the history behind it. For anyone who has ever owned a charm bracelet, you will find yourself reminiscing. The characters were all well written and well thought out - each had a good history which was particularly 'solid' and contributed a lot to the plot of the story which moved at a good pace and was so easy to read continuously. If you're into chick-lit, Christmas and easy, indulgent reads, this is certainly a book I would recommend. I look forward to reading more by Melissa Hill in the future.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

    2.5 stars. Good idea for a book, I just couldn't get past the British spelling of words in a book about Americans that takes place in New York. Also there were a few continuity errors that bothered me. 2.5 stars. Good idea for a book, I just couldn't get past the British spelling of words in a book about Americans that takes place in New York. Also there were a few continuity errors that bothered me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This book made me clean up my own charm bracelet and evaluate the charms through a stranger's eyes. A completely different storyline with likeable characters and a twist I didn't see coming at the end. I really liked this book - and I didn't see that coming either. It started off a bit slow as the character's backgrounds and personalities were established but I was soon enveloped in their lives as Holly tried to reunite the charm bracelet she found with it's rightful owner. This was the first of This book made me clean up my own charm bracelet and evaluate the charms through a stranger's eyes. A completely different storyline with likeable characters and a twist I didn't see coming at the end. I really liked this book - and I didn't see that coming either. It started off a bit slow as the character's backgrounds and personalities were established but I was soon enveloped in their lives as Holly tried to reunite the charm bracelet she found with it's rightful owner. This was the first of Melissa Hill's books that has graced my Kindle but it won't be the last. I enjoyed her writing style and the character depth that she bings to life on the page. A nice easy read with a strong story and characters that you learn to care about as their story progresses. I would recommend this book to any woman who loves a light mystery with a sprinkle of hinted romance. I have a treasured charm bracelet and would love to think that someone could trace me by using the charms. But who would know what two spiders in a web symbolises apart from me?!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura Dobb

    Spoiler in review.........……………….....................................................................................................................,,...,,... I really didn't get this book, the mother of the bracelet passes away and the father and son are desperate to find it as it reminds them of their life. Holly wants to return the charm bracelet she's found because she loves her own charm bracelet so much, yet at the very end of the book, the mother (the bracelet owner) is alive....what. No Spoiler in review.........……………….....................................................................................................................,,...,,... I really didn't get this book, the mother of the bracelet passes away and the father and son are desperate to find it as it reminds them of their life. Holly wants to return the charm bracelet she's found because she loves her own charm bracelet so much, yet at the very end of the book, the mother (the bracelet owner) is alive....what. Nope too confusing for me

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cris

    Wonderful book! It's like a cup of coffee and a muffin in a raining afternoon. Depicts New York gracefully. Wonderful book! It's like a cup of coffee and a muffin in a raining afternoon. Depicts New York gracefully.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    A beautiful story about family, love, loss and a bit of mystery. I loved it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    A would have been 4 starrer had it not been for the cliche ending. I loved the setting, the heroine and most of all The Charm Bracelet. Liked the concept ....And the underplayed romance.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    On the day of her father’s funeral, Holly received an anonymous gift; a charm bracelet. Throughout her life, charms have turned up mysteriously marking important events or choices. When she finds another charm bracelet in a vintage coat, she is determined to reunite it with its owner. When she can’t find the previous owner of the coat she must piece together the clues hidden within the charms themselves. Set around Christmas time, The Charm Bracelet is a slightly whimsical seasonal read. Holly ma On the day of her father’s funeral, Holly received an anonymous gift; a charm bracelet. Throughout her life, charms have turned up mysteriously marking important events or choices. When she finds another charm bracelet in a vintage coat, she is determined to reunite it with its owner. When she can’t find the previous owner of the coat she must piece together the clues hidden within the charms themselves. Set around Christmas time, The Charm Bracelet is a slightly whimsical seasonal read. Holly makes all sorts of assumptions about the charms and there are a lot of coincidences but it’s exactly the sort of story that works during the holidays. It’s a little bit of the magic of Christmas. The charm bracelet stories follow two lives; that of Holly and the events which contributed to her bracelet and that of the anonymous owner of the lost bracelet. They sort of make me want to start a charm bracelet myself! Holly works in a vintage clothes shop and it starts out with some lovely descriptions of the clothes. I wanted a bit more of that really. The strongest part is that of Greg’s parents’ relationship and this lifted the book from a bit of festive fluff to something quite moving by the end. Greg’s career story got on my nerves a bit and in all honesty, it doesn’t really contribute to the charm bracelet stories. Yes, he symbolises giving up a high paid job that he doesn’t love to follow his dreams but the way it’s done is pretty unbelievable. His girlfriend Karen is probably meant to portray the woman who values material possessions over happiness however I wanted to side with her. If you live with your partner and share a mortgage, you shouldn’t quit your job without telling them first and expect them to be OK. She tries to be understanding but that sort of lack of communication and disregarding others will drive a wedge in any relationship. Yes, maybe she likes the life that both their jobs provide but still, Greg’s behaviour was pretty selfish even if he meant well. As for his photography career. He takes one photo of a much photographed building and sells it and suddenly he’s amazing. Again I sided with Karen on this. He walks into a cushy job with NYT with no experience and he shoots film. Now I’m all for film with regards to fine art photography but if you’re being sent on journalistic assignments, you need to be shooting digital. Think of all those potential Pulitzer prize winning moments that will be missed because you’re changing the roll. Plus he’s developing and printing colour at home? Please? And when Karen tries to help him get a paid, commercial photography job he’s all dismissive. Most struggling photographers would be grateful for the experience and, hello, money. I’m pretty sure non-photographers will not care about any of this but it was all so cloud-cuckoo land, I couldn’t cope with his part of the story. Once the plot moved past Greg’s work life, I got quite into the intertwined stories and did stay up a little later than normal to finish it. I’m a little confused by something at the end but I was left with a tear in my eye. However it was very nearly a book I gave up on.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Livinginthecastle

    I read this type of book occasionally, because they are easy bits of fluff; a welcome break, for example, from the over-the-top ponderings of Levin, in Anna Karenina, about how mowing fields with his workers elevates his soul, which goes on for several chapters. But there always comes a point, when reading these types of books, where I start to get annoyed with the lack of depth, here it was how the saintly ill mother speaks entirely in platitudes and sayings: along the lines of 'live each momen I read this type of book occasionally, because they are easy bits of fluff; a welcome break, for example, from the over-the-top ponderings of Levin, in Anna Karenina, about how mowing fields with his workers elevates his soul, which goes on for several chapters. But there always comes a point, when reading these types of books, where I start to get annoyed with the lack of depth, here it was how the saintly ill mother speaks entirely in platitudes and sayings: along the lines of 'live each moment-blah-blah' and how everyone is so sickeningly nice, and the one 'evil' character is dispatched with not much ceremony at all; I wanted some kind of fight or drama, which just didn't happen. The 9/11 references seem a bit shoehorned in and clunky, and the 'twist' forced and unnatural. Overall this is a 1.5, as I did keep reading, but I prefer 'Something from Tiffanys', as that has slightly more going for it, whereas here Hill is trying to recreate that formula which doesn't work nearly as well.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    I just happened to see the cover of this book and just had to check it out. This is not my normal gnre but boy am I glad I decided to read it. The main characters are wonderful. I didn't want to put this book down because there were so many times I thought I had things figured out and couldn't wait to see if I was right. The story line was quite original and I felt like I was walking the streets of New York following the clues from the charms. I loved how the story came together at the end. I wi I just happened to see the cover of this book and just had to check it out. This is not my normal gnre but boy am I glad I decided to read it. The main characters are wonderful. I didn't want to put this book down because there were so many times I thought I had things figured out and couldn't wait to see if I was right. The story line was quite original and I felt like I was walking the streets of New York following the clues from the charms. I loved how the story came together at the end. I will definately read more of Melissa Hill.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Raspcherry

    Lovely and thoughtful though predictful A book I’d share with my daughter because it’s that type of mother daughter type of book. I found it relative to my interests as would she. I definitely would enjoy to read this book again. If you have an interest in charm bracelets and fashion then you may enjoy this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Loved, loved, loved this book! What an incredible story...creative plot, heartwarming characters and the holidays. Completely engrossing story that I literally stayed up late to finish.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deirdre Metcalf

    Cute fluffy read! This was a nice treat 😊

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maddy Estherby

    2.5 Stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    Medini

    Life was just like a snow globe. From the outside things looked peaceful, until you shook it and everything inside got jumbled up. The book is kind of like this too. From the cover and the blurb, it appears to be a simple, sweet chick-lit romance, but actually, there’s a lot of stuff going on in there. Honestly, I fell for the cover. There, I said it. I know how people go on and on about not judging a book by its cover and all that, but just look at it! It’s so pretty. But lately I think reading Life was just like a snow globe. From the outside things looked peaceful, until you shook it and everything inside got jumbled up. The book is kind of like this too. From the cover and the blurb, it appears to be a simple, sweet chick-lit romance, but actually, there’s a lot of stuff going on in there. Honestly, I fell for the cover. There, I said it. I know how people go on and on about not judging a book by its cover and all that, but just look at it! It’s so pretty. But lately I think reading books with amazing covers is getting me nowhere, coz this one didn’t blow me away as much as I’d expected. As I started the book, I thought was going to end up giving it 2 stars. The writing was simplistic, the characters were two-dimensional; the whole lot of them perfect and preachy, which was so unbelievably unrealistic. I kept rolling my eyes at the end of every paragraph. The MC, Holly O’Neill is a single mom in New York, whose life is limited to bringing up her ten year old son and working in a vintage clothing store. Most of the first part concentrates on Holly’s beauty and perfection and how she doesn’t care that she doesn’t have an ounce of a social life in New York City , for heaven’s sake. I don’t like to speak ill about kids (I mean, who does?), but the wisdom that was spewing out of her ten year old son’s mouth was seriously making me feel like, Seriously, do kids even talk like this???? The only realistic thing about Holly was her relationship with her mother. But then the middle part of the story picked up. I found the concept of charms in bracelets really unique. Holly has had a mysterious well-wisher; someone who's always comforted her and looked out for her in good times and bad, by sending out little charms, each corresponding perfectly well with the situation that she’s in. Right from her father’s death to the birth of her son, the charm bracelet holds a special place in her heart. So when another similar charm bracelet is found mysteriously in a vintage jacket, Holly makes it her business to track down the owner and return it. I found myself drawn to the mystery, the little twists of fate and the invisible threads connecting the seemingly unrelated people. It was something like Serendipity; like how Fate plays such an important role in each tiny aspect. I enjoyed Holly’s treasure-hunt in reverse; she had the treasure but had to hunt down its rightful owner. But then something had to ruin it for me! The mystery behind Holly’s secret angel was so anti-climactic. (view spoiler)[Like Holly, I was expecting it to be one of her birth parents.(She’s adopted.) I wouldn’t have minded a paranormal element either. But it was actually her ADOPTIVE MOTHER. What a let down. (hide spoiler)] I can’t reveal much of the alternative pov of Greg Matthews coz it’s going to be a spoiler. But all I can say is that the ending was so far-fetched and kind of silly that I was compelled to round my rating down. (view spoiler)[ There’s a 3rd pov featuring the owner of the bracelet whose identity I guessed almost immediately. The lost charm bracelet actually belonged to Greg’s mother, Christina, who we are led to believe succumbed to cancer. Throughout her storyline, there are incidents and anecdotes explaining the significance of each charm, which was quite good. But towards the end, when Holly and Greg finally meet, it is revealed that Christina is actually alive. Misleading, but not in a good way. Another thing I didn't like was the fact that Christina had actually orchestrated the entire thing; she had accidentally-on purpose lost the bracelet and arranged for Holly to find and restore it, thereby meeting Greg in the process. So much trouble for setting up your son with a stranger?? Weird. (hide spoiler)] Overall, the concept was extremely unique. The points of view were interesting, Holly’s and Greg’s present ones with the flashbacks interspersed in between. ACTUAL RATING: 3.5

  19. 4 out of 5

    Felicity Terry

    Intrigued and enamoured as I was by the New York settings - how romantic must skating in Central Park be? - The Charm Bracelet with its pretty cover, charming asides (I loved the 'additional' story of the owner of the lost bracelet) and (at least outwardly) beautiful characters could all too easily have been a read of frivolous nonsense and yet, whilst hardly brain-taxing, I found it to be far short of this. A not too saccharine-sweet read, perfect for those cold winter days when you have overdos Intrigued and enamoured as I was by the New York settings - how romantic must skating in Central Park be? - The Charm Bracelet with its pretty cover, charming asides (I loved the 'additional' story of the owner of the lost bracelet) and (at least outwardly) beautiful characters could all too easily have been a read of frivolous nonsense and yet, whilst hardly brain-taxing, I found it to be far short of this. A not too saccharine-sweet read, perfect for those cold winter days when you have overdosed on that tin of Quality Street chocolates . In many ways a nice, gentle, old fashioned romance - it is not only the fact that the main character, Holly, works in a vintage clothing shop that puts you in mind of those old black and white films of the nineteen fifties. More than a romance though, the novel also has a mysterious air to it that is a nice addition even if, as we get to know the characters, it becomes pretty apparent as to where the story is heading. Not so the ending. Totally unexpected, I'm still not sure whether I actually enjoyed it or simply thought it sentimental claptrap - either way I admit I found myself in need of more than one tissue. DISCLAIMER: Read and reviewed on behalf of NEWBOOKS magazine I was merely asked for my honest opinion, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Arlena Dean

    Title: The Gift of a Charm Author: Melissa Hill Publisher: St Martin's Griffin Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review: "The Gift of a Charm" by Melissa Hill My Thoughts.... This was a beautifully told story of 'Christmas love to restore your faith in miracles.' I liked how this author was able to present us a story that started with a 'charm bracelet' being found at 'The Secret Closet' [resale shop] and with Holly's desire to return it to its rightful owner. Why did this charm bracelet mean so much t Title: The Gift of a Charm Author: Melissa Hill Publisher: St Martin's Griffin Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review: "The Gift of a Charm" by Melissa Hill My Thoughts.... This was a beautifully told story of 'Christmas love to restore your faith in miracles.' I liked how this author was able to present us a story that started with a 'charm bracelet' being found at 'The Secret Closet' [resale shop] and with Holly's desire to return it to its rightful owner. Why did this charm bracelet mean so much to Holly? Who was this 'mysterious benefactor' who has been sending Holly these charms? The characterization of each one in the novel were all well developed, defined, well portrayed and believable and with this happening around the holiday season was the perfect setting. This novel will be about two stories...one dealing with Holly and her son and the other being about Greg and his family. I will say it was quite a journey as Holly goes on these hunts trying to find the rightful owner of this charm bracelet. Now, how this all comes out will be a quite interesting read where you will have to pick up this good read to see how well this story is presented. If you are looking for a good holiday read or maybe a good read at anytime, I would recommend 'The Gift of Charm' to you. I received a copy through NOR in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Not really my style of book so I can't rate it high. I also found errors. I really hate these type (not grammar) because it shows laziness on the part of the author. There was a flashback scene in which Holly's mother said something about her being the same age as Holly when Holly's father died. In the book Holly is 35 but the flashback was 10 years ago when her son was born so Holly would have been 25 then. Holly's father died when she was a teenager so if her mother was 25 then she would have Not really my style of book so I can't rate it high. I also found errors. I really hate these type (not grammar) because it shows laziness on the part of the author. There was a flashback scene in which Holly's mother said something about her being the same age as Holly when Holly's father died. In the book Holly is 35 but the flashback was 10 years ago when her son was born so Holly would have been 25 then. Holly's father died when she was a teenager so if her mother was 25 then she would have been 10 when Holly was born and this is not that kind of book. Holly was adopted and I don't think they allow 10 year olds to adopt. It was clearly a mistake in that Holly's mother was 35 when her father died, but it was like the author forgot she was in a flashback. Oh and even if you are from Dublin, when you write a book about Americans in America, you need to find out American words for things. It felt unrealistic to have Americans talking that way.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I found this book to be a good read about Holly who finds a charm bracelet and attempts to return it to its owner. She has a charm bracelet herself which was sent to her by an anonymous benefactor and means a lot to her. Using the charms as clues she, and her son Danny, tries to discover more about the bracelet's owner and to track them down. Meanwhile we also have a parallel story of Greg, who works at the New York Stock Exchange but decides to leave his job and follow his dream to be a photogr I found this book to be a good read about Holly who finds a charm bracelet and attempts to return it to its owner. She has a charm bracelet herself which was sent to her by an anonymous benefactor and means a lot to her. Using the charms as clues she, and her son Danny, tries to discover more about the bracelet's owner and to track them down. Meanwhile we also have a parallel story of Greg, who works at the New York Stock Exchange but decides to leave his job and follow his dream to be a photographer. We also have glimpses of the stories behind the charms from the mysterious owner of the bracelet. To begin with the stories are all independent but gradually the links behind the characters are discovered. This is a lovely story, a nice light hearted read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    Really more like 3.5 stars. This was really nice, sooo not they type of book I usually read but it was nice to read something out of the ordinary for me. I found the story quite intriguing, the relationships in the story were just lovely and heartwarming. I have to say though Cristina is my favourite character - such a strong woman with a passion for living. I totally agree with her about Karen! What a snob! I also loved that these people all believed in magic, the magic of Christmas and family Really more like 3.5 stars. This was really nice, sooo not they type of book I usually read but it was nice to read something out of the ordinary for me. I found the story quite intriguing, the relationships in the story were just lovely and heartwarming. I have to say though Cristina is my favourite character - such a strong woman with a passion for living. I totally agree with her about Karen! What a snob! I also loved that these people all believed in magic, the magic of Christmas and family and so many things. it's just such a lovely thing. I even had a little cry at then when it all comes out (and I'm not talking about Holly there either!), it was just so beautiful. Reading this also kinda made me want my own charm bracelet... maybe, you never know.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    A nice easy going read, not much drama or excitement, suited my needs for something non challenging over the rough few days I have had!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aly Hughes

    I was on holidays and i ran out of books ro read and my mum was reading this book and she recommended to me and i was wary at first but once i got into it i couldnt stop reading it!!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This was a light, enjoyable read. I kinda wish I had my own charm bracelet! :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    5 Stars, I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a warm Christmas story with a happy ending.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nannette

    A really sweet and enjoyable book. A modern day fairy tale!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    Nice story. Sort of like reading a Hallmark Movie. I enjoyed the ending and liked the way it all intersected. Kind of suprised me which is hard to do. Liked the message.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Season

    Really good idea for a story, but it missed it's mark. This book was very poorly edited and the flow was off until about the last 100 pages or so when the story finally came into its own. Really good idea for a story, but it missed it's mark. This book was very poorly edited and the flow was off until about the last 100 pages or so when the story finally came into its own.

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