What They Say:
Theodora Quirke has no reason to be merry. It's bad enough that she has to work on Christmas Eve but now there's a drunk bloke dressed as Santa and claiming to be St Nick hanging around outside her flat. Given he's professing to be the giver of Christmas miracles and nearly 2000 years old, she's wary.
Things get even more weird when St Nick insists he's there to save Theo. And with the next St Nicholas Day somehow fast approaching, he's even got a plan that'll change her life forever.
It all seems pretty straightforward, apart for one awkward fact:
Theodora Quirke doesn't actually need saving.
What I Say:
First off, everyone should read Caroline Smailes books! She's incredible and so undervalued as an author. Everyone should know her name.
The Unwrapping of Theodora Quirke is hands down the most unique book I have ever had the pleasure to read. The plot is quirky and sounds a bit bonkers but believe me, it works!
St Nick is one of the most fantastic, complex yet genuinely lovable characters I have ever encountered. I howled with laughter, sobbed with heartbreak and truly grew to believe in him. St Nick encapsulates all of the good in the world, all of the hope that we all need. He's kind and caring and giving and completely selfless . We all need to be more like him.
Theo is the most beautiful young woman. She is so broken to begin with and I identified with her so much. She has been through some of the most traumatic events imaginable and yet, she carries on. When she meets St Nick, her life changes dramatically. Together, they are a formidable pair. As St Nick crumbles, Theodora grows in confidence. It's a beautiful thing to witness.
Through a very emotional story, there are lots of slivers of light. The holiday spirit, the festive music and decorations, it's all so fun. The humour in Caroline's writing is second to none. I properly belly laughed.
So, although this is a heavy, deep story, it's by no means doom and gloom. Oh, not at all! There was not one single second I didn't enjoy or have strong feelings about. It's one of those books that you want to race through but also want to savour. I wish I could go back and read it again for the first time!
I've said it many times before, Caroline Smailes is MAGIC! And Theodora Quirke proves it. The best book I have read this year!! 12/10 (my highest rating EVER!!)