Friday, 25 September 2015

Review: One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot

Christmas in September was suddenly really appealing when I spotted this lovely cover and the chance to try out a new author.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . to fall in love

The temperature is dropping, snow is on its way and Hayley Walker is heading for New York with one wish on her mind…to start over.

With her nine year-old daughter Angel, Hayley is ready for an adventure. From hot chocolates and horse-drawn carriage rides in Central Park, to ice-skating at the Rockefeller Centre, and Christmas shopping on 5th Avenue – they soon fall in love with the city that never sleeps.

But there’s more to New York than the bright twinkly lights and breathtaking skyscrapers. Angel has a Christmas wish of her own – to find her real dad.

While Hayley tries to fufil her daughter’s wish, she crosses paths with billionaire Oliver Drummond. Restless and bored with fast living, there’s something intriguing about him that has Hayley hooked.

Determined to make her daughter’s dream come true, can Hayley dare to think her own dreams might turn into reality – could A New York Christmas turn into a New York Forever?

Travel to the Big Apple this Christmas and join Hayley and Oliver as they both realise that life isn’t just about filling the minutes…it’s about making every moment count.

My Thoughts:

With it's lovely cover and enticing description this book seemed liked a sure thing, so it was with some surprise and a little disappointment that I found it didn't quiet work for me.

Hayley deserves a lucky break and is off to New York with her daughter for Christmas to visit her brother. Or so we are initially led to believe because later we find there is more on the agenda.

The attention to detail in this book is really good. I liked the basic idea behind the story, and loved the relationship with plus all the lovely between Hayley and her daughter Angel. There were also some lovely moments with both her brother Dean, Vernon and Randy too. In fact there is lot I did like about this book. However there was also a lot of stuff that didn't quiet work for me, for example how she met Oliver's mother, his behaviour and how she got involved with Mr Meanie in the first place. Her preoccupation with cutting up her clothes was daft. Who on earth cuts the sleeves of a wool dress to visit a nightclub or substitutes jumper sleeves for gloves instead of buying or borrowing a pair.

On the other hand it was a really nice story if you are prepared to take everything at face value and the text flowed well making it good light and amusing reading. The quality of the writing alone makes it recommended reading but just not for nit pickers like me.

(Pre-release review copy gratefully received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

What others are saying:

Rachel via GoodReads - "This was the perfect book for me to get my Christmas reading off to a start with this year and was truly enjoyable.

Kirsty via GoodReads - "This book made me feel so happy ... I loved the Chemistry Hayley and Oliver had and Angel was such a funny girl.

  • Format: ebook
  • Author: Mandy Baggot
  • Publisher: Bookouture (2 Oct. 2015)
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