Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Year's Promise by Anna Clifton Review

New Year's Promise

by Anna Clifton


 B & N

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?

Justin and Ellie have known each other for over twenty years. Childhood friends, part of their own childhood gang with their brothers, all six of them were inseparable during their pre-puberty golden years. Ellie being the only girl in the group was treasured, made fun of, and bonded with. Her special friendship with Sam (Justin's brother) is the undercurrent of this story, as a distant heartbeat that foreshadows the unresolved mystery and pain they all share.

This is a complex story of friendships, loyalty, love, commitment, and uncontrollable forces that rule our lives. Once again Anna Clifton (author of Adam's Boys) has regaled us with a down to earth story, full of emotions. Her knowledge of the human condition makes her characters very real and endearing.

There are so many forces coming to bear on Ellie and Justin's blossoming love. Their strength of character is tested, as well as their willingness to go all in on their feelings.

Gripping and sincere, this story will tug your heart and make you think what you would do if faced with similar circumstances.

About this author

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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.

In addition to writing them, I also love reading and reviewing romance novels. But as I know the blood, sweat and tears that goes into creating any finished book I only ever review those novels that I feel are 'amazing' i.e. five stars.

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.

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