Christmas at Tiffany’s
Cassie settled down too young, marrying her first serious boyfriend. Now, ten years later, she is betrayed and broken. With her marriage in tatters and no career or home of her own, she needs to work out where she belongs in the world and who she really is. So begins a year-long trial as Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland to stay with each of her best friends in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris and London. Exchanging grouse moor and mousy hair for low-carb diets and high-end highlights, Cassie tries on each city for size as she attempts to track down the life she was supposed to have been leading, and with it, the man who was supposed to love her all along.
Cassie Fraser and husband, Gil, are throwing a lavish party to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. Cassie and Gil have invited Cassie’s lifelong friends, Suzy, Kelly and Anouk.
Suzy is a high octane wedding planner in London, Kelly has her own fashion PR company in New York, and Anouk is a highly sought after jewellery designer in Paris. They all make Cassie, whose job is to help her barrister husband run the Lamermuir estate and grouse moor, feel dowdy and drab in comparison.
The four friends have known each other since birth, their fathers being CEOs of a multinational cosmetics company and the girls went to boarding school together. But they haven’t been all together since Cassie married Gil when she was much younger (and against better advice!).
During the party Cassie makes a mind-blowing discovery that sends her life crumbling down around her; and with it, her marriage. Her friends quickly rush her away from the party, which is still in full flow. Together they hatch a plan to rebuild her life: Cassie will live with each of them for four months to help her discover exactly which path she wants to follow.
The first stop is Kelly in New York. Cassie arrives in a state of shock, still in her muddy wellies! She is initially overwhelmed by the city – a huge shock coming from the wide open expanses of the Scottish Highlands. She soon makes lots of friends in the most unexpected of places.
Cassie’s life in New York goes from strength to strength, and she becomes unrecognisable under Kelly’s influence. So much so, Cassie is torn between following the girls’ plan of her grand tour or if she should just stay in NYC.
She finds settling in to Paris equally as daunting as New York, but for different reasons. Cassie’s time in Paris sees her making some true friends and allies, and also suffering grief and betrayal once again.
Soon it’s time for Cassie’s last stop – London. Her time in London with Suzy is altogether different again. Cassie realises the task of ‘finding herself’ is finally well on the way to becoming accomplished. She now knows exactly who and what she wants, she thinks!
I enjoyed this book so much, and although at the risk of souning cliché; it really was a fantastic journey of self discovery. The descriptions were absolutely beautiful and you could easily envisage Cassie’s surroundings, especially the fashion in New York and the beautiful streets of Paris!
It kept me gripped until the very end, and concluded with an epilogue that tied everything up nicely.
Christmas at Tiffany’s is one of the best written books I have read, with the most fantastic twists in the story, which I would not dare even hint at as they really make the reader gasp aloud! I adore Swan’s writing style and felt completely engulfed in the story, to the point that I have rushed straight to buy her new book, The Perfect Present!