Book Review: A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson

Title: A Parcel for Anna Browne
Author: Miranda Dickinson
Published:  September 24th 2015 by Pan Macmillan
Amazon | Amazon UK

Blurb: The gift of a lifetime?

Anna Browne is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. Her day job as a receptionist in bustling London isn't exactly her dream, yet she has everything she wants. But someone thinks Anna Browne deserves more...

When a parcel addressed to Anna Browne arrives, she has no idea who has sent it. Inside she finds a beautiful gift - one that is designed to be seen. And so begins a series of incredible deliveries, each one bringing Anna further out of the shadows and encouraging her to become the woman she was destined to be. As Anna grows in confidence, others begin to notice her - and her life starts to change.

But who is sending the mysterious gifts, and why?

First of all I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Review: Miranda's books are those you always go to when you need cheering up, they always leave you smiling and make the world a better place. But with A Parcel for Anna Browne, Miranda has gone a step further. The whole concept behind this story is just magical and Miranda writes it in a way that makes you feel part of the story too. You get excited every time Anna Browne gets a mysterious parcel and you start seeing the world and yourself a bit different too, just like Anna grows with each parcel, you do too.

I instantly warmed to Anna Browne, she will be a character I'll keep close to my heart and revisit from time to time. She was, actually, the kind of character you want in your real live, as your best friend. She was shy and liked to blend with the background when we first met her but when something extraordinary happened to her (aka the mysterious parcels she starts receiving at work) we started seeing the real Anna, confident, fun and with so much potential! But we are not the only ones seeing these changes, the whole News building where she works at reception do too and soon she becomes the star of their little community.

One thing I loved about this story is how Miranda added little snippets of text from other characters or even passersby's points of view so you could see how others saw Anna and what was happening to her and it all made you feel even more involved in it all.

As usual, one of Miranda's strong points are her characters. She creates such well developed characters, they feel so real that it is easy to relate to them. I loved the big family that were the news building coworkers, especially the reception workers (I really enjoyed reading their banter) and a certain chief of security who made me laugh out loud more than once. They all lived Anna's parcel in their own way but supported her no matter what. I am actually going to miss them all.

A Parcel for Anna Browne is one of those magical books that make you feel better with yourself and with the world. It's not only a story about a good deed but about reevaluating your life and deciding to make the most of it. But especially about believing in yourself. So you know, if you are feeling a bit down, need cheering up or need a reminder that you are awesome, put a bit of Miranda Dickinson in your life.

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Giveaway: A Parcel for You

I've loved the idea of this book so much that I would like to make someone's day a bit more magical. To receive your own secret brown parcel, enter this giveaway. I'll pick a winner in a week and send something special to that person! It is open INT and the winner will have 48h to claim their prize.


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19 comentaris

  1. What a cute idea for a giveaway! The book sounds so great too! I'd love to get the book in that parcel. :)

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  2. Wow Alba, I've been following this book and hearing great things about it. Thnx for the chance of receiving our own mystery parcel.

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  3. Amazing giveaway! Is it too predictable to say that I would love to receive this book in the brown parcel? It's just that I've been lusting over it since its release! If not this book, then your favourite book, or one of your favourites. Sharing book recommendations makes me happy :) Rosie xx

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  4. I would love to receive chocolate smelliest and books xx

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  5. I would love to receive chocolate smelliest and books xx

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  6. Thanks for this awesome giveaway! Of course, I want BOOKS!! Lol

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  7. sounds a gorgeous book! I'd love to get a surprise parcel every month!

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  8. You always make the most gorgeous things, so something handmade :).

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  9. I love getting mail, and always get excited seeing the postie walk up our drive! I should get out more, I know but then I wouldn't get to read so many books ;)

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  10. Book sounds great. Would love to win a copy in the parcel.

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  11. This book sounds fab. Anything I love a surprise. Lx

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  12. The book itself or some stationery!
    Lovely idea for a giveaway :)

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  13. I like surprises and from a fellow booklover you pick :) thank you, great giveaway

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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  14. Hi great post, the book sounds really good. Any surprise parcels are great, maybe chocolate, something bookish, any surprise would be fab.
    Amanda.

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  15. Lovely idea. Any book themed prize would be great including a copy of this book.

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  16. Themed prizes are great. Anything that includes a book is the perfect prize.

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  17. I would love a copy of this book in my parcel, and a Christmas ornament too ;)

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  18. I <3 getting packages books + chocolates are my favorite

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  19. A copy of this book would be great

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