Monday, 23 May 2016

One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot


From Goodreads

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

My thanks to NetGalley and the Publishers for letting me have a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

I gave this a huge 5 stars or 10/10. It was pure escapism and transported me from the dreary days just after Christmas in the UK to the hustle and bustle of the city that never sleeps, New York.

If you love feel good Christmassy reads, then this one fits the bill perfectly.  This reminded me a little of Miracle on 34th Street, the film were one of the young lead characters is very sceptical of the whole Christmas story, she meets an old man called Kris Kringle who looks uncannily like Father Christmas. As she gets to know him, her belief in Christmas is restored. She asks him for several things and as these things begin to happen, her life is turned upside down. This young character called Susan reminds me of Angel, the young daughter of Hayley.

In this story Angel, plays a fairly integral part but unlike in Miracle on 34th Street it's her Mum that could fulfil the wish of Angel and not Father Christmas.

It's during Hayley's trip to New York that she meets Oliver Drummond. Hayley has gone to New York with a limited budget and needs to find work while there to help finance the trip. Can the chance meeting with Oliver Drummond be the answer to her prayers and make this a New York forever after?

This was a very easy read and had me shedding the odd tear or two. I really enjoyed it.

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