A Miracle on Hope Street by Emma Heatherington is probably one of my favourite Christmas books ever.
Ruth Ryan seemingly has it all but feels the loneliest person in the world. Yes, sound familiar? Finding out that one random act of kindness from her past altered someone’s future, made Ruth take a decision that would alter hers and many others too.
I have to say that it’s not all instant fluffy Christmas cheer. The first few chapters are quite deep, sad and very thought-provoking. The author clearly knows people and understands human nature.
It really brings home that you never know what’s going on in someone’s seemingly perfect life. Or why people act the way they do. You can’t understand why someone becomes a drug addict or why a seemingly happy person acts the way they do. Unbeknown to you, they might be suffering from mental illness, debt or grief, or be punishing themselves because of things they’ve done in the past.
Don’t worry though it’s not all doom and gloom. This is a story of gratitude, love and kindness. It captures the real spirit of what Christmas, and life in general, should be about. Fancy presents are not needed. Time and compassion are far more important.
I loved this book and thoroughly recommend it. I would love everyone to read this to understand that life and people aren’t quite so clear cut.
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