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A Gift to Remember

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,366 Ratings  ·  229 Reviews
Darcy Archer works in a small bookstore in Manhattan. A daydream believer, she refuses to settle for anything less than being swept off her feet by the perfect man... literally.

One day, when cycling to work, Darcy accidentally crashes into a sharply dressed gentleman walking his dog. He is knocked out cold, rushed to hospital and the poor pup gets left behind. Wracked with
ebook, 416 pages
Published October 24th 2013 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published 2013)
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A Gift to Remember is a holiday-themed chick lit novel written by author Melissa Hill. This standalone story kept me in the Christmas spirit while offering some humor, mystery, and light romance. I enjoyed meeting a number of characters, and there is a twist that surprised me quite a bit. I loved how descriptive the setting of NYC was- this is a favorite vacation spot of mine and these references instantly transported me there. I also very much enjoyed that each chapter is broken up by a quote a ...more
Aug 09, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
There are sometimes when you read a book and are introduced to a character when you really really wish that you were that person. Darcy Archer is Melissa Hill's wonderfully created heroine and I want her life! Darcy works in Chaucers; an independent bookstore in Manhattan, New York. Darcy loves books, she loves them with a passion and spends most of her life surrounded by them, or immersed in them.

"Darcy was indeed too fond of books - a condition known as 'bibliolatry'. She always had at least o
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Dec 21, 2014 Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah* rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
"Anyone who says that money can't buy happiness has clearly never been inside a bookstore."

This book was one of the most delightful and wonderful books I have ever read! I picked it up expecting another sappy holiday romance, but I got so so so much more than I bargained for! It was part romance, part mystery, part love letter to New York City, and part exhuberent praising of all books. Seriously. If you are a person who loved books (which of course you are, you're here on goodreads!) than you w
Dec 17, 2015 Rosie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely one of my fav books of the year.

The main character works in a book store in Manhattan and the story revolves around love, mystery and how the fictional lives you read about compare to the real world around you. It's all about finding your own perfect story.

This story is funny, dramatic, heart-warming and heartbreaking...everything you are looking for with a Christmas vibe, perfect for chilly winter nights.

Everything from the characters to the cover to the quotes at the begin
Dec 11, 2013 Annaka rated it did not like it
This book was impressively bad. Everything was over explained (she said about 50 billion things related to how much she liked books), so many grammar mistakes, and it was set in New York and written from a New Yorker's perspective but the author seemed to be British because of certain ways of spelling and phrases. Not that people can't write about a culture not their own, but in this case it caused disconnect. To top it off, I thought it had a very corny storyline! Perhaps chic lit is just not m ...more
Christi Snow
Jan 03, 2015 Christi Snow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
This is a sweet holiday story very reminiscent of the movie, While You Were Sleeping. In the story, it's Christmastime in NYC. Darcy is a bibliophile who works in a little Indie bookstore and is pretty happy with her life and her bike. She rides to work every day on it. But then she runs into Aidan and his dog and her world is turned upside down. Suddenly she's in charge of the care of a very well-trained, but large Husky dog. She's trying to piece together Aidan's life and why no one
Really 4.5 stars. A wonderful read for all who love and believe in the magic of books. Darcy manages a bookstore and for her books have always provided an escape and avenue to other time periods and worlds. But the reality of her life is missing the romance and adventure of the books she reads. When she knocks over Mr. Harris riding her bike to work, her life is forever changed. Mr. Harris can not remember his life or the people in it. Who is Mr. Harris? Darcy is determined to make ammends for p ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Msdot rated it liked it
I liked all the references and the book quotes. I like the characters in the book, and the story line. I liked the mysteries involved , so it wasn't just a typical chick-lit. The female main character Darcy was very likeable at first, but halfway through the book, I felt exasperated with her excessive humility (to the point of self-demeaning. I felt annoyed reading her thoughts process and the self-blamed. At the end of the day, it is still a chick-lit, with a typical dorky-unattractive main cha ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Marta rated it it was ok
I want to try another of Hill's books as she seems to have lots of satisfied readers, but I found this book mediocre at best. Here is the basic plot: lonely bookish woman (Darcy) runs down an attractive man while on her bicycle. He is whisked to the hospital and she is left at the scene with his dog, whom everyone has forgotten. He has amnesia, so she runs around the city of NY piecing together clues about his life and falling in love with him without spending time with him.
It just didn't seem
Carol Brill
Dec 14, 2014 Carol Brill rated it liked it
More a 2.5 for me, a predictable storyline and mostly one dimensional characters.
Jody - A Spoonful of Happy Endings
Review first posted on my blog: http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo...

Darcy Archer has her dream job working as the manager of a small bookstore in Manhattan, since there is nothing in the world she loves more than books. She might not be as lucky in love as some of her favourite literary heroines, but Darcy continues to believe in happy endings and keeps her fingers crossed for her own. One day when she is cycling through New York in a hurry because she has overslept for work, she crashes int
Margaret Madden
Jul 25, 2015 Margaret Madden rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK for approving a review copy via Netgalley.

Book lover, Darcy Archer, has the ideal job in a small independent bookstore in Manhattan. For a single girl, in her thirties, who adores classic literature and surrounds herself with books at home and work, she is quite content. Her dreams are set in the world of Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters. She has a tiny apartment, regularly meets us with her aunt, who raised her after her parents death, and enjoys her daily bike
Jan 26, 2014 Leah rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2013
Melissa Hill is an author whose books I ALWAYS look forward to reading. She’s such a clever author, she’s the Queen of the Plot Twist (copyright me) and to know she was releasing two books in 2013 was utterly amazing! Two chances to read a new Melissa Hill book in one year? Fantastic. I wish she could keep it up and join the other legions of two-books-a-year authors. I’m greedy like that, y’see so when my competition win copy of A Gift To Remember arrived, I nearly died of happiness seeing it in ...more
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Nov 26, 2013 Megan Readinginthesunshine rated it really liked it
I’ve been a fan of Melissa Hill’s books for a while now so I was really looking forward to A Gift To Remember. The cover is absolutely stunning, I think it might be one of my favourite book covers this year.

A Gift To Remember is about Darcy, who works in a little bookstore in Manhattan, and she lives through the books she reads, dreaming of being swept of her feet by a handsome charming man. One day on her way to work, Darcy crashes into a man walking his dog, and as the man is knocked out and t
Trish at Between My Lines
A Gift to Remember is a perfect Christmas read. As a book-lover, I really appreciated the book-mad main character and the air of mystery and intrigue kept me turning pages rapidly.

My Recap of A Gift to Remember :

Darcy while cycling to work in New York crashes into a pedestrian who loses his memory from the knock. She works hard to solve the mystery of who Mr Harris really is and in trying to work out his life, she may just come to a few realisations about her own too.

First Line of A Gift to Reme
First sentence: "Anyone who says that money can't buy happiness has clearly never been inside a bookstore." Seriously, could a book start any better than such a statement?! I don't think so.

Darcy, the protagonist of this story, is an absolute book geek working at a bookstore, so this book is full of literary references. I absolutely loved this. You can feel her passion for books while she is daydreaming about her favourite books. During such a daydream she runs over a man on her bike. That man i
Jul 20, 2014 Aina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is why I tend to avoid all these romance books! In the beginning I was fine with Darcy and her adventures, even though the whole setup was very quaint and over-explanatory. Then we got to Aiden's POV and I swear, all my goodwill disappeared. I get that the author is trying to portray him as the good guy, but he constantly says how he's just a humble Irish guy who works hard, how he loves animals, how he's not like everyone else, did I mention how humble and down to earth he says he is, also ...more
Dec 15, 2015 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it
A Gift to Remember by Melissa Hill is sweet like chocolate! Darcy is a hopeless romantic, who works in a bookstore. She adores books, especially classic romance where she dreams of her perfect hero. A Gift to Remember has a nice chick lit tone. The joy is watching Darcy connect the dots regarding Aiden. When she finds out who he really is, she's in for some shocks. These shocks are nice little twists that when they call come together will make the reader cheer for Darcy.

The epilogue is one of th
A Gift to Remember: A Novel is the first book by Melissa Hill that I have read, and I really enjoyed it. Darcy Archer works at The bookstore Chaucer, which is perfect for her since she is like many of us on Goodreads: she loves books! Aidan Harris is the man she hits with her bicycle one night and this is where the story begins.

It really is a sweet novel with a fun mystery. It also mentioned several eateries in NYC that we're going to have to try.
Jun 29, 2014 C rated it it was amazing
Review: wow, I literally devoured this book. It was just the right amount of light-hearted loveliness that I needed at the time and I actually could not stop listening to it! I actually downloaded this book on audiobook because I was moving house and I could listen to this whilst unpacking boxes. I was hooked into this book right from the word go, I think this was becaus main character Darcy worked in a bookshop and loved books so I could wait to see what bookish tales she was going to tell us a ...more
Dec 04, 2014 Jade rated it really liked it
The Plot
Set against the backdrop of New York City at Christmas time is the mystery of Aidan Harris. After knocking over a pedestrian, and leaving him with amnesia, Darcy sets herself a mission to help the man discover exactly who he is, preferably before Christmas Day, but of course it isn't all plain sailing.

'Every time Darcy thought she was getting closer to figuring out who Aidan Harris was, something else came along to blow her assumptions out of the water.'

Running through the plot is an abu
Dec 21, 2014 Lesa rated it really liked it
I wrapped up my summary of a week in New York City, but it's hard for me to leave that magical city behind. So, the two books I read are perfect to provide a little nostalgia, plus a couple book reviews. What's more enchanting than a bookseller in Manhattan, a romance, and Christmastime? That's Melissa Hill's A Gift to Remember.

Darcy Archer, manager of Chaucer's bookstore, always has her mind in a book, whether she's working, curled up with a book, dreaming of one of her favorite romantic heroes
Nov 23, 2014 Pamela rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, romance
I loved the character of Darcy. She loves her books, and so do I. The quotes before each chapter were also charming. I could see myself in Darcy's life, doing what she had tried to do, to help a victim in need. Especially since her bike accident made him the victim. I also liked the kind and sexy manner of Aiden Harris, who was the unfortunate person in front of her bike. The dog bailey was also a sweetie. I read a lot of the same books, though I also read paranormal, and sci/fy as well. I too, ...more
Sep 25, 2014 Isabell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First posted on Dreaming With Open Eyes

I kindly received A Gift to Remember in exchange of an honest review by the publisher.

I have to admit A Gift to Remember was the first book I have read by Melissa Hill. I know I am very late to the party. If I knew how much I'll enjoy this book I'd picked it up much sooner. I can't believe what I've been missing out for so long!

A heart-warming and well-written story set in New York during the run-up to Christmas. In the story we have the wonderful leading
Sep 07, 2014 Simona rated it really liked it
*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Let me introduce you to Darcy Archer, a charming bookworm, boss in a bookstore. Darcy was a great character to follow, being that she is a booklover, but I also admired her independency and her own style. She did her own thing and didn’t bother what other think about her.

One day, just before Christmas she crashes into a man walking his dog. He is brought into hospital, leaving Darcy with his dog and that’s where their story started
Aug 12, 2014 Alba rated it really liked it
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This was my first book by Melissa Hill so I didn't know exactly what to expect. But from the first pages I could tell that I was going to like this book. Darcy is a bookworm, she loves books. Her house has piles of books everywhere and she even works in a book store. As a bookworm myself I instantly warmed to her. She was also strong and had her own beliefs and wouldn't give in under the insistence of her aunt, her only family, that s
Jul 10, 2014 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Darcy Archer lived a relatively quiet normal life. Apart from the odd blind date her aunt Kathrine tries to send her on, her love life is pretty much non-existent. Everything changes on the day that Darcy hits Aidan Harris with her bike and knocks him unconscious. As Aidan is failing to remember who he is and why he was crossing the road without looking, Darcy embarks on a wild goose chase around town to collect clues that could help Aidan to remember. Surely, if she can find what the wrapped gi ...more
Jul 03, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
This is the first Melissa Hill book I have read and I will definitely be reading more from her.

The book follows the main character Darcy who works in a bookshop and admits that her books are her closest friends and enjoys relaxing with a good book.
As Christmas approaches and the weather changes a suddenly accident and meeting a stranger changes her life.
Darcy sets herself the task to find out who the handsome stranger is all she knows is his name Aiden Harris, But who is he? What does he do? W
Jun 28, 2014 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Gift to Remember is a Christmassy themed book and I thought, picking this up in June may not be a great idea, as I enjoy reading Christmas books at Christmas time! Saying this, other than the odd comment around Christmas Eve coming close and snow on the ground, no other Christmas references were made and at times I completely forgot when the story was set. It was magical and wonderful but this can come across at any time you read it.

Darcy works in a bookshop and being a book addict, this job
Book Addict Shaun
Jun 26, 2014 Book Addict Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Knowing this was a Christmas book and starting it on one of the sunniest days of the year so far I wondered if I'd struggle to enjoy the book, well after a few hours I was halfway through and so lost in the story I was oblivious to how hot it was outside and how much I need a fan! The setting and story was so wonderful and magical, I loved it. Also a huge thanks to the publishers for the signed review copy!

Straightaway I loved our main character, bookworm and fellow addict Darcy. I pictured her
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International #1 bestselling author Melissa Hill lives in Dublin and is one of Ireland's most popular contemporary fiction authors.

Her page-turning, contemporary romance stories are published worldwide and translated into 25 different languages. Her titles are regular chart-toppers in Ireland and internationally and SOMETHING FROM TIFFANY'S (aka A GIFT FROM TIFFANY'S) became one of Italy's 2011 To
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