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Genre: Fiction / Author: Melissa Hill / Hardcover / 416 Pages / Book is published 2011-05-26 by Hodder & Stoughton

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      04.07.2012 21:27
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      Thumbs up from me!

      Ethan has bought the perfect (and very expensive) ring, which we plans to propose to girlfriend Vanessa with. Gary has also been shopping in Tiffany's but his gift was far less romantic: a simple charm bracelet that won't break the bank. When Gary is involved in an accident on his way to meet girlfriend Rachel, the two gifts end up with the wrong women. Ethan is shocked when Vanessa opens her package to reveal the far less dramatic charm bracelet while an estatic Rachel finds the engagement ring and excitedly starts wedding planning. Will she ever find out the truth about Gary's 'proposal'? Will Ethan get his ring back so he can propose to Vanessa? Or has fate dealt them another hand?

      This was my first introduction to Melissa Hill's writing so I wasn't sure what to expect when I first spotted it in my local library but I've seen good reviews of the book on here. There isn't a huge amount of plot involved. The ring changes hands quite early on in proceedings and from thereon in, Ethan is desperately trying to track down Gary so that he can reclaim it while Rachel presses ahead with her engagement plans and Vanessa is blissfully unaware of the whole thing. I couldn't help but feel sorry for both Ethan and Rachel. It's obvious that he's put a lot of thought and effort into his proposal plans and you can only imagine how shocked he'd feel when Vanessa discovered the charm bracelet instead! Rachel hadn't previously been sure of Gary's feelings towards her and obviously views the appearance of the ring as proof that they have a future after all. Gary is not a very likeable character at all. Despite being concussed after the accident, he knows that he didn't buy the ring but goes ahead and acts as though it belongs to him merely because it ended up in his possession. While it's true that the ring hasn't been stolen, I thought that this was a poor attitude, which only deepened my sympathy for Rachel and her joy at being engaged. I was intrigued as to whether Ethan could possibly get his ring back without ruining everything for Rachel.

      I thought I had the ending sussed from around halfway through but I'm pleased to say that there was a twist near the end so I was actually wong and it wasn't so predictable after all. As I said, I hadn't read Melissa Hill before this but I will definitely seek out more of her work in the future as I really enjoyed this book.

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      04.02.2012 18:05
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      A change of style for Melissa Hill

      I am a huge fan of Melissa Hill but as I am not allowing myself to buy any books I put Something from Tiffany's at the top of my Christmas list and luckily my sister in law kindly bought it for me. I received the paperback version of the book, which has a bright red cover with two gift wrapped bundles on the front which has obviously been designed to captivate the Christmas market!

      The book is centred around two couples, Ethan and Vanessa & Gary and Rachel who are both enjoying a pre Christmas getaway to New York. Both men decide to get Christmas presents from Tiffany's -Widower Ethan gets Vanessa a diamond engagement ring , which he has been planning to purchase for a while, after first obtaining his daughter Daisy's permission to propose. Gary buys Rachel a silver charm bracelet, as he feels obliged to get her something nice as she paid for the trip, although he does not want to spend too much money - his trip to Tiffany's is more spontaneous having realised while shopping he has not yet got her a present!

      As they are both leaving the store an accident causes the two bags to be swapped, causing surprising results for both couple when the gifts are opened. Gary decides not to look a gift horse in the mouth and half heartedly proposes to Rachel when she opens the ring, while Ethan does not say a word to Vanessa but plans to get the ring back. As this proves to be tougher than he first imagines could it be that fate has other plans for the ring...

      Although I enjoyed Something from Tiffany's, I was left rather disappointed when comparing it to other books by Melissa Hill. I usually love the fact that her books have lots of twists and turns that I never see coming no matter how much I guess, but this was rather predictable which was a shame. I think the flaw lies with some of the characterisation - although you couldn't fail to root for Ethan and his sweet (but much too clever for an 8 year old) daughter, I didn't really warm to either of the female leads. Vanessa came across as too cold and Rachel a bit too needy when she was supposed to be this sassy business owner. I think coupled with the fact that the book was slightly too long for the plot, I started to lose interest as we approached the end.

      I would still recommend this book, but I think it is more of a beach read than the expected darker chick lit usual written by the author. It is a nice easy read, and the third person narrative is well written so there is no confusion when the story flits between London and Ireland. Once I started reading I did not want to put the book down, as I wanted to see if I was right in what I thought was going to happen, and I had the book finished in 2 days. I would definitely read another book by Melissa Hill, but I hope she returns to her slightly darker style for her next book.

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        30.12.2011 13:08
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        An overall good read for a rainy day

        Overview
        What happens when, after an unexpected road accident, two Tiffany's bags, with two very different gifts get mixed up? Will anyone notice? Is it 'fate'? Well this is exactly what happens to Irish, 'not-really-ready-for-a-full-on-engagement' Gary and English lecturer, 'I-think-I've-found-the-one' Ethan cross paths, (and bags) outside world famous Tiffany's in New York on Christmas Eve. Will their girlfriends Rachel and Vanessa notice? Can they keep the secret safe? And what do you do when you find yourself unexpectedly engaged or on the receiving end of a charm bracelet when you were expecting a rock on on your ring finger? Is it happy ever after or will the secret be let out of the bag? Aaah the mysteries and the 'magic' of that little blue box.

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        I love a good girlie read, particularly when the word Tiffany's has anything to do with it, so when receiving this book as a present for Christmas I was more than happy to start reading it. I had never read anything by Melissa Hill before so was eager to see what she was like.

        The story is a good one which ticks all of the boxes of a good chicklit book - Tiffany's, love story, girl gets guy, twists along the way, happily ever after - and more. It has allusions to the classic Cinderella 'does it fit' and also scratches the idea of fate, both of which add a certain depth to the book rather than it being all goo and no spine! The characters were generally good and well scripted. There was no confusion over who was who and neither were there too many characters. Each was developed just enough so you felt you understood them well, even to the point of anticipating their reactions. Over all it was a good, pleasant read; I couldn't put the book down as I wanted to know what happened!

        However, whilst it ticked so many boxes, there were several things which were a bit annoying, the first one being Daisy, Ethan's daughter. How can an 8 year old be so literate and so grown up? For me she wasn't realistic and her character was more that of a wise old woman, rather than a little girl. This, for me, spoilt the book somewhat.

        Secondly, whilst the storyline was good, and whilst I loved the twists at the end and the intrigue Hill created in the way she developed the plot, 404 pages of recovering a mixed up bag when you meet up with the victims several times was way too much and a bit incredulous to say the least. I did want to shout out loud 'just switch the bag back you fool'! The movie Dumb and Dumber does spring to mind. However I did enjoy the way Melissa treated the story and overlooked my annoyances to see how she would portray the ending, which was super. Any 'oh this is so predictable' thoughts which were also an issue for me about two thirds of the way through were quickly dampened by the twists at the end. Well done!


        Overall
        This is a great book and a good read on a rainy day. It is well written and the twists and turns at the end do make the book more fulfilling. Would I recommend it? Yes I would, if there was nothing better.

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        06.12.2011 09:44
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        This is a new book that I have jusr finished reading. I think this book is still in the book chart at the moment, as I only bought this about 2 weeks ago.

        This book centres around 2 couple. There is Ethan and Vanessa and then Rachel and Gary. They both are in New York just before Christmas for different reasons and both men take a Trip to the famous Jewellery shop Tiffanys.

        Ethan and Vanessa have been together for a while so Ethan is looking for an engagement Ring for Vanessa whereas Gary and Rachel are more of a casual relationship and Gary just ends up in Tiffanys in the passing so he ends up getting Rachel a Charm Bracelet. After all you get the impression that Rachel is more into Gary than he is into her.

        Anyway both men do the shopping at around the same time, but due to something happening their bags get switched and each man ends up with the different Tiffany bag without them knowing. So when they give the little bags to their women expecting them to open up the thing that they picked out then they get a surprise when it is something else. How does Ethan feel after spending all that money on a fancy ring only to get a Cheaper bit of Jewellery that doesn't mean anything romantic? How will Gary feel when he has made a statement to make the relationship more serious that he wants it to be?

        How did I find this book? Well I did find it an enjoyable book to read. It seems to get to the mix up part quite early on in the book, and then there is so much of the story dedicated to Ethan trying to find a way to get the Ring back. I don't think the story goes anywhere at some of the points and I think if it was me that had lost such an expensive thing then I wouldn't have hung about nearly as much as what Ethan did. The book rounds up alright, but I feel that is shouldn't have got to the mix up so quick - even if it was padded out a bit more. You find out about the mix up on page 44 out of a book that is 398 pages long.

        I think this is the first book I have read by Melissa Hill and I will be looking for more by her. They story was told in a good way and the writing is good.

        I would still recommend this as a read if you like typical chick lit type of books as it is a fun read.

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        06.07.2011 10:29
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        Another great Melissa Hill novel!

        One Christmas Eve in New York City, 2 men are buying their lucky women a very special gift... something from Tiffany's, 5th Avenue! Gary is buying his girlfriend Rachel a silver charm bracelet. He doesn't want to spend too much and think it'll make a lovely last-minute gift for her, despite the fact she paid for the entire trip over to New York City. Ethan on the other hand is splashing quite a lot of cash on a very special ring for his girlfriend Vanessa, the lady who has made him happy again after the loss of his wife a few years ago. However, when a freak accident occurs, the men end up with each other's bags and Rachel ends up with Ethan's ring, and a very shocked Gary doesn't understand what is going on. Ethan desperately tries to track down his engagement ring and sort out the problem once and for all, but does the ring have a mind of its own about who it should end up with? Maybe it's just the Tiffany's magic...

        I absolutely adore Melissa Hill's books and always read them the minute they come out, so when I saw her new book was going to be based on the idea of getting something from Tiffany's, I couldn't wait to read it! The cover is just perfect, almost matches the iconic Tiffany blue perfect and the silver and white highlights just make it look the real deal and it is certainly a book which is going to make women everywhere want to pick it up and see what it's about! As a girl who has been lucky enough to have a special present bought for her in Tiffany's, 5th Avenue, NYC, this book was pretty special to me as it brought back lots of great memories, and I absolutely adored the magical story within.

        The story begins with Ethan buying his ring in Tiffany's, and Gary simulataneously buying Rachel's charm bracelet, although of course neither knows of the others existence. The reader is privvy to this right from the start, and each man's reasons for doing so and therefore immediately we love Ethan for his romance and hate Gary's stingy attitude and the way he treats his lovely girlfriend! However, when the accident occurs and the bags are accidentally switched, the story really kicks off when Vanessa receives her Tiffany bag on Christmas morning and its just a bracelet, not the ring Ethan was expecting to propose with! Even though I knew it was coming, it was still shocking to read and I felt so sorry for Ethan, he really didn't know what to do and as a reader, you really feel for him.

        Gary on the other hand, well I just wanted to give him a slap. He thinks the ring has magically appeared and so rolls with it, proposes to a shocked yet ecstatic Rachel who goes about wedding planning straight away, even though she can't quite believe Gary spent so much on her ring. I loved how the story of Rachel and Gary unfolds, Hill writes Rachel as such a sympathetic character, which makes Gary look even worse, but then there always has to be a villain of the piece! I was praying for Rachel to twig what has happened but it felt like it was never going to happen, Hill really writes a fantastic story for these characters and you really don't know where it is going next.

        As always with Melissa Hill books, there are twists and turns along the way that you don't see coming until they suddenly appear and this was certainly the case with this book. Everything suddenly happens within a short space of time so while you are happily plodding along as you read, it suddenly hits you and I love that! The writing throughout the book was fantastic, the narrative is very easy to read and enjoyable, and the third person allows Hill to flick easily between Ethan's story and Rachel and Gary in Ireland. I didn't find it hard to keep up at all, and loved how Hill manages to keep the characters lives quite separate yet completely intertwine them at other times too, it was really well executed.

        This love story is extremely well written, and will certainly bring back some lovely memories for us girls that have been lucky enough to have our own something from Tiffany's (especially the NYC one!). It is so well written that you are quickly drawn into the world of Ethan, Vanessa, Gary and Rachel very quickly, and I so wanted everything to work out well for everyone! I loved the twists along the way, the flitting between London and Ireland (although the bulk of it was in Ireland, and in Rachel's bakery) and how easily Hill conveyed the emotions of 4 adults in one book. It was an absolute pleasure to read and I was annoyed to turn the final page as I know it means I have to wait another year for her next work! Superb!

        ISBN: 978-0340993347. Published by Hodder and Stoughton on 26th May 2011. Pages: 416. RRP: £12.99.

        Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy to review for http://chicklitreviews.com

        Thank you for reading.

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          30.06.2011 13:36
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          Another great book from Melissa Hill

          Melissa Hill is one of my favourite Irish authors and I know that I am always going to enjoy reading her books. She tends to write about everyday women facing everyday issues. However, in her latest book 'Something from Tiffany's', she introduces a little bit of modern fairytale magic. This is especially so as the story opens in New York on Christmas Eve, with two very different men heading towards Tiffany's in order to make purchases for quite different reasons.


          Ethan, and his eight year old daughter Daisy, are heading to that famous jewellery store in order to buy an engagement ring. After the death of Ethan's beloved wife, Jane, he never thought that he would find anyone to love so much again. That was before he met Vanessa though, and with Daisy's approval, he has decided she is the one. Once the ring is bought, his intention is to present it to Vanessa and propose on Christmas Day.


          Also heading towards Tiffany's is Gary whose girlfriend Rachel has paid for their trip to New York. After a last minute spending spree on himself, he realises that he has not yet bought a Christmas Gift for Rachel. Inside the store, he picks up one of the cheapest pieces he can find - a silver charm bracelet. Both men leave the store at about the same time, but Gary inadvertently steps out in front of a cab and is knocked down. Ethan comes to his rescue but amid all the chaos a couple of bags get switched and you can guess which ones! As a consequence, Christmas Day does not exactly turn out the way any of them expects!


          This all occurs very early on in the story, and what ensues from there on are Ethan's attempts to get the ring back which means travelling to Dublin (where Gary and Rachel live) from his London home. Unfortunately, Gary, being an unscrupulous opportunist, is now passing the ring of as one that he bought and as a consequence Rachel now believes that he always intended a big proposal. Will Ethan be able to get back the ring to give to Vanessa without shattering all of Rachel's dreams?


          It is a tricky problem that makes for an absorbing tale that had me hooked from the very start. All of the characters are very believable and from the very start I knew who I was rooting for. Things are never quite that simple though and although it is very easy to think Gary is quite despicable and that Ethan is the good guy, it does not always feel like that. Also, in true Melissa Hill style, things are not always what you think, and once again it was impossible for me to predict the outcome.


          Although I have read quite a few books from Melissa Hill, I always find them fresh and original and this was exactly the case with 'Something from Tiffany's'. It is a thoroughly entertaining story that I did not want to put down. The pace, and the way the story alternated between the two couples, worked really well; the plot was quite gripping; the characters provided great variety too. It had all the ingredients that I look for in a good book and I definitely recommend it.


          Something from Tiffany's is available on Amazon in hardcover for only £7.79.


          This review has previously appeared under my name at www.curiousbookfans.co.uk

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