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Released: November 2014
ISBN: 9781311599957
ASIN: B00OZ2I5EC
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LITTLE BOXES
Author: Celia J. Anderson
Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: $4.99

Suddenly bereaved, Molly White realises that she has never really known her feisty husband Jake when random boxes begin to appear through the post, each one containing a tantalising clue to the secrets of Jake and Molly’s past. Someone who knows them both well, for reasons of their own, has planned a trail of discovery. The clues seem to be designed to change Molly’s life completely, leading her around Britain and then onwards to rural France and deepest Bavaria.

Meanwhile, waiting in the wings is Tom, a charismatic artist who runs a gallery in the same town. Strong, independent and wheelchair-bound from the age of fifteen, he leads a solitary life and has no idea how devastatingly attractive he is to women. When Tom meets curvy, beautiful and funny Molly, he knows that she is his dream woman, but she seems way out of his orbit until the boxes start to weave their spell and the two of them are thrown right out of their comfort zones.

Little Boxes is a story of love in a variety of guises - mother-love, unrequited passion, infatuation and the shadow-love held in memories that refuse to go away.

Excerpt
The box lay on the bed waiting to be opened. Small, square and shiny, it was the colour of dark sapphires and covered in stars – the sort of glitzy thing you buy when you want to make a bargain present look classy. Tucked inside its wrapping was a pale green envelope with her name on it, and the words ‘Read me first – the box comes later’. The writing was swirling, flamboyant, and unmistakeably Shaun’s.

Molly ripped open the envelope. As she pulled out the sheet of notepaper, a light shower of glitter fell onto the duvet and she caught a waft of Shaun’s favourite sandlewood aftershave. Unfolding the page, she took a deep breath to steady the now-familiar pounding in her chest, swallowed hard, and began to read.

‘When you open this, I’ll either be soaking up the sun on Bondi Beach or glugging cold beer in a bar. I know you said you couldn’t cope without me now Jake’s gone, but you’ve got work to do and it starts today. Remember that film we watched last year – you know, the one you loved and I hated – about the guy who sends letters to his wife after he’s snuffed it, giving her all those missions and jobs that she’s supposed to complete? And you said the book was better than the film, and I said it couldn’t be any worse? Well, this is my take on that story, only mine’s much cooler because I’m still here (although after the bender Si and me went on the night before we left, it’s a wonder) and at the end of your quest, you’ll know… well, wait and see what you’ll know. All I’m saying is, if Jake’s a mystery to you now, he won’t be for long.

See you in June – love you more than kangaroo burgers (don’t ask – not good).
Shaun xxxx’

Molly dried her eyes on her t-shirt and re-read the letter. She might have known Shaun would have something like this up his sleeve – best friends like him didn’t come along every day. She missed him desperately. It had been the middle of October before she had accepted that he really was going away. His round-the-world trip with his partner, Simon, had been in the planning stages for months. Jake had said they’d all be applying for their bus passes by the time Shaun and Si managed to leave, but as it happened Jake had beaten them to it. Molly had never felt so lonely in her life.

Picking up the box, she gave it a shake. There was a rattle; almost a ringing sound. The lid was taped down securely and took a while to undo. To begin with, all that was visible was a heap of shredded tissue paper. She put a finger into the middle of it and felt something hard and shiny. Carefully, she parted the strands to reveal a silver bell and a tightly-folded note.

What the reviewers are saying
From intrigued to delighted
Celia J. Anderson's Little Boxes pulled me in from the start and kept drawing me back every time life interrupted my reading time. The characters were multi-faceted and interesting, the pace steady and the plot twists unexpected. The little boxes in the story were ingenious, each one a revelation, adding another layer to the story like a lovely tiered cake. I thoroughly enjoyed Little Boxes and hope to read more of Anderson's work soon. ~ Carol Burnside, Amazon

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An unusual love story
Such an unusual love story. It was hard to imagine where the twists and turns would lead but well worth the read. Lovely. ~ Anthony Theakston, Amazon

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Lovely story
The blurb intrigued me. The story charmed me. In the past I have not been much of a fan of “chick lit”. I find it a bit too emotional for my taste. Not enough escapism for me. However, either I am “growing up” or this was an exceptional story. Both may work, but this is definitely an exceptional story . . . These characters were well written. They were real and believable. I enjoyed getting to know each and every one. The story was real and believable, and moved along at a nice pace that held my interest and kept me engaged. I was excited and interested when each box appeared. I couldn’t wait to find out what new adventure there would be and what new piece of information would be uncovered – whether it was good or not so good. Something was always learned, and not always just about Jake. A most enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone. ~ PansyPetal, Amazon

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Emotionally Engaging With Likable & Realistic Characters
Little Boxes is a special read as it addresses adult issues in a serious and thought-provoking way. It leaves you weighing your future and questioning your past. It's a story for adults and takes you on a roller coaster of emotions that keeps you immersed in the story from start to finish . . . This was a well-paced story that put readers through the emotional wringer. It was emotionally powerful and engaging with its only flaw being the rather stilted dialogue between Molly and Tom early on. It spoke of awkwardness but also pulled me out of the cozy web this story wove around me. The secondary characters were all distinctive and as memorable as Molly and Tom. Molly's children especially expressed real emotions and actions, and though they sometimes annoyed me, that too added to the story's realism. All in all this was a satisfying and inspirational story about living in the here and now and leaving behind the past and I recommend it to those looking for an emotionally engaging read. ~ J. Faltys, Amazon

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This is a deeply emotional read from many angles. Celia's wonderful voice enriches the story and pulls readers in. It's so rare to find a hero who's less than perfect, physically, and a nice change. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, as they say, and shouldn't be limited to only those macho men with perfect everything. Tom is perfect, just as he is, and it's wonderful to read such a heartwarming story. Celia has a winner with this one. I hope readers think so too. ~ Heart of Fiction

 

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