The ideal warm, bittersweet read to get you in the festive spirit.
Warm and uplifting storytelling: a delightful treat.
I thoroughly enjoyed this gorgeous festive tale. Told in the form of interlinked short stories, it's beautifully written and highly emotionally intelligent.
Full of warmth, poignancy and a huge dose of Christmas spirit.
The best gift of all is a book you can curl up under a blanket with over the Christmas and New Year holidays and happily transport yourself. Leading the way is Laura Barnett's Gifts which is an ode to the strange and wonderful time that is Christmas told through a series of moving stories about characters trying to find gifts for awkward-yet-loved people in their lives.
This book will inspire, comfort, and move anyone who reads it.
Celebrating the power of community and exploring the emotional ups and downs the festive season can bring, it's a novel that's sure to warm the heart of any Scrooge.
This gem of a book is well observed, poignant and hopeful.
Tender and moving, Gifts is infused with Christmas magic - that bittersweet mix of joy, yearning, sadness and hope that accompanies the festive season.
They say don't judge a book by its cover but in this case, go right ahead. Like chocolate for the eyes, Gifts tells the bittersweet story of 12 interconnected characters on the hunt for the perfect gift for the people who matter most to them. An immensely readable book made for a cosy day at home, preferably with a snoozing dog on your lap.
Heartwarming and comforting, this beautiful festive gift of a book allows you to connect with a vivid cast of characters and soak up the festive spirit of hope which is infused in every page... A wonderful piece of storytelling that is a must read for your festive fiction book selection.
In her third novel, set in a fictional English village, Barnett weaves together 12 interlinking stories set at Christmastime. We meet a single dad, a grieving daughter, a guilt-ridden ex-convict and a sprightly pensioner, and what connects them is a desire to do right by the people they love and choose the perfect gift. If you're not in the Yuletide mood yet, you will be after this.