From the internationally-bestselling author of A Gift from Tiffany’s comes another New York Christmas love story make you fall in love all over again.
Hollywood movies are Beth’s passion. She hopes her life will always be filled with classic movie moments, where magical things happen every day. Her boyfriend Danny has always been the embodiment of her perfect Hollywood hero—though after seven years together the initial silver-screen romance has settled into something more predictable.
Then one morning at work just before Christmas, Beth receives an anonymous gift of a take-out coffee cup with a cryptic message. From there, she is given a series of other gifts and riddles directing her to some of NYC’s most popular landmarks—a treasure trail using unique rom-com-related prompts perfect for a movie-lover like Beth to decipher.
And she is forced to wonder: has Danny realized their relationship needs a boost—or could it be that charming new work colleague Ryan with his intense gaze, flirtatious smile, and almost encyclopedic movie knowledge, wants to sweep her off her feet? How would she feel about taking a chance on a leading man who seems determined to give her the Christmas gift of a lifetime...
Paperback, 374 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin
Two and a half stars: A book with a sweet premise and a fantastic setting, but the book misses the mark because too much time is spent trying to plant red herrings, and when the truth comes out, there are too many questions and holes.
Beth loves Christmas time in New York. Today, she is busy fashioning a Wizard of Oz themed display in the shoe department, which is helping to ease her disappointment of having to cancel her romantic giveaway. Beth has been in a seven year relationship with Danny, and she loves him dearly, but she can't help but to wonder why they haven't taken that next step. It doesn't help that Danny has been distant and working long hours. The more he pushes her away, the more Beth wonders if their relationship is on the rocks. Then when a new colleague, Ryan, befriends her, Beth's heart does little flips. Things get complicated when Beth receives a mysterious delivery at work with a mystery clue that sends her on a hunt through New York. Who set up the hunt and why?
What I Liked:
- The Greatest Gift has two things going for it: the setting and the fun movie trivia. I enjoyed immersing myself into New York during the bustling holiday season, and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie themed scavenger hunt that took me around New York, exploring many famous romantic movie setting. I especially liked the trivia and tidbits about some of New York's most famous movies and landmarks.
- Beth is a character you can't help but like. She is bubbly, sweet, and she almost always has a positive attitude. I love her happy outlook on life, and that she is a hopeless romantic, especially when it comes to romantic movies. I loved getting to know her.
- I liked the whole mystery surrounding the movie themed scavenger hunt. I was so curious as to who was behind the elaborate set up, and I couldn't wait to uncover the identity of the planner. I also liked trying to unravel the clues, but I have to admit, I was woefully wrong every time. I would have struck out.
- The ending was a surprise. I wasn't expecting it to end the way it did, so I pleased with the outcome.
And The Not So Much:
- The biggest issue with this book for me was that the author spent the entire time trying to convince me of negative things that were happening, and then she does a big switch and turns everything around. The problem was that she spent so much time trying to convince me that someone was the bad guy, I had a hard time quickly changing my feelings. Furthermore, there wasn't any explanation for the whereabouts. What was he doing all those late nights? Basically, she couldn't undo all the negative.
- I hated the bait and switch ending. The author makes it seem like one event is taking place, and then all of sudden it isn't what you think. It left me with a bitter taste. I also didn't like how there was hardly any explanation as to what had transpired in the year between the end and the Epilogue. I was also left wondering about the fate of one of the characters. Was it going to be okay?
- Even though I liked the scavenger hunt, at times, it stretched believability, and it seemed like there were too many convenient coincidences, like someone just happening to be in the right place at the right time. It was a little unrealistic.
- This one tries to throw in a love triangle, and I wasn't a fan. In fact, I wasn't a big fan of the romance at all because the author tried to tarnish it.
The Greatest Gift was a book I wanted to fall in love with during the holiday season, but it ended up being a miss. I hated the author's negative bait and switch tactics. It ruined the book for me. I also wasn't a fan of the romance since the author chose to put a negative spin on it. I did like the movie themed scavenger hunt, and I loved learning more about New York and it's famous movie landmarks. This is a book that others are loving, but it was not a good read for me.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.