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A journey of self-discovery

By Stephanie Sutcliffe

While Christmas is still a few weeks away, I thought a festive book would be the perfect way to kick off December.

Karen Swan is an author that I really like and so I picked up a copy of Christmas At Tiffany’s.

The cover, in all its snowy glory and of course the title gave the impression this would be a great festive story, but it’s deceptive to say the least.

There is a brief celebration of Christmas some way into the story and a somewhat reference to the festive season at the end but that is it.

Despite this misleading representation of the story, I still love Ms Swan’s writing and the way she creates such vivid images for readers. 

Also, winter in New York, Paris and London is a beautiful time to be in the city and I felt the author captured this in her story-telling.

This is a story about friendship, love and re-inventing oneself through a journey of discovery. 

It is a little slow in the beginning but totally worth persevering and while some may find it predictable, I couldn’t put it down and read it cover to cover. 

Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan is available on all major e-book sites including and



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