Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip to life. But since her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts, Georgine’s struggled to make ends meet.
To keep her mind off her worries, she throws herself into organising the Christmas show at the local school. And when handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, Georgine’s grateful for the help. But there’s something about Joe she can’t quite put her finger on. Could there be more to him than meets the eye?
Georgine’s past is going to catch up with her in ways she never expected. But can the help of friends new and old make this a Christmas to remember after all?
A Christmas Gift opens with debt collectors knocking at Georgine's front door as she runs out of the back door! She runs to her job at Acting Instrumental, a brilliant Performing Arts College where she loves putting on the shows. When a new volunteer helps her with preparing for this year's Christmas show, she is not prepared for what impact it has on her. The show is the main focus of the story, how detailed it all is, it was so illuminating to discover how it is all put together, the music, the acting, the stage direction, the props, I found it totally fascinating and enjoyed learning some of what goes into putting a stage production on. The story was a real mix of family misunderstandings, relationships, past mistakes, friendships old and new, secrets and lies. There's romance and music with a cast of characters who were well-developed. Sue Moorcroft kept me guessing till the end as to how all the issues were going to be resolved. This is sure to delight anyone who enjoys a festive read which also deals with more serious issues - which I thought were handled very sensitively. My thanks to Avon Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.