Title: New Year’s Promise
Author: Anna Clifton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Escape Publishing, Harlequin enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd
Published Date: November 1, 2014
Other books by author:
Falling for the Lawyer
About the Story (official summary): They’ve been colleagues, allies and best friends forever, but he wants more — and he’s not above using the magic of the Christmas season to get it.
When Business Development Executive Ellie Halligan is offered the job of a lifetime in Paris, it seems her chance to live a fairytale adventure has finally arrived. Her only hurdle is convincing legal eagle Justin Murphy — her boss and friend since childhood — to wave his boss’s wand and waive her four-week resignation period so that she can start her adventure by Christmas.
But Justin proves to be a demanding fairy godmother. He’ll let her go early, but not unless she spends time with him over the festive season up until New Year.
Ellie doesn’t know what to do. Is Justin finally looking at her romantically after all these years, or are far more threatening dynamics at play? Justin has a secret, and he seems to want to pull her back into a past she’d rather forget. But delving into that old pain might be the only way to move forward — and for Justin to finally be free.
Will doing this for Justin become Ellie’s final gift of love as she loses him forever?
My Thoughts: For all you romance lovers and people person, this story is for you. I loved it from its first page to the last. It was emotional and touchy sensitive dealing with difficult issues – mothers who can’t deal with challenged children, siblings who feel guilty for something they feel could have been prevented, giving up on love yet knowing there is no other person able to complete you.
Justin had been keeping himself on a short leash. He’d always admired Ellie. They had grown up together. Now they were working together. But Justin had a problem he couldn’t share with her or anyone. He could not marry. That’s it. Final. So why say how he feels?
Ellie had loved Justin since she was a child, but he kept putting her off. She wasn’t lovable enough, pretty enough, smart enough, something had to be wrong because he was a great friend, but not more. He kept her at arm’s length.
This is a story of reacquainting and renewal when certain events create your destiny. The premise of the story is quite believable, the main characters were every bit lovable with determination, forgiveness and honesty carrying the day.
Thank you, Anna Clifton for providing this read for an honest review. Honestly said, I should have read it when she made her request. The story was heart-warming and not only makes a perfect Christmas read, but a great summer read, too. I highly recommend!
About the Author: (in her own words) In order to write this bio I began to think back on how I came to be writing romance novels. I soon worked out that I’ve held down in excess of fifty jobs in my life so far. They’ve ranged from scooping ice-creams, to selling glow sticks, to stumbling around in a container ship on absurdly impractical 3-inch heels, trying to work out who’s legally responsible for contaminating an entire cargo of Swiss chocolate. If nothing else, my ‘interesting’ working life and the wonderful characters I’ve met along the way have been great ‘copy’; it was probably inevitable they’d demand creative exposure in some shape or form eventually.
My fascination with the romance novel itself first unfolded when I was staying on a friend’s outback cattle station; I just happened to pick one up from her big sister’s bookshelf. As a fourteen-year-old reader, I instantly fell in love with its passion, its just-for-the-hell-of-it fun and its unbridled HEA optimism. Many years later, as a writer, I would come to love the scope that the genre offers for exploring the endless mystery around why we feel, think and behave as we do – a special focus in my stories about love, friendship and family.
I currently live in Sydney in an often too-small house with my husband and three children and our two spoilt-rotten cats. Our ‘adopted’ pets, a shamelessly randy alpha-male Brush Turkey and several roof-dancing possums, share our bush gully backdrop.