Lucie Quigley hates Christmas. It’s the time of year when everything goes wrong in her life. So this year, when she’s asked to be a bridesmaid at her friend Petra’s Manhattan wedding, she jumps at the invitation to escape the festivities.
Dale Treharne has been best friends with Lucie for as long as he can remember. He’s used to looking out for his oldest friend and when she asks him to be her plus one, he can’t seem to find a reason to refuse. Instead, he sees it as a way to help Lucie get through what is, for her, the most miserable time of the year.
In New York, as the snow starts to fall, Lucie and Dale start to realise that their feelings run deeper than just friendship. But can they overcome their pasts, and make it a very merry Manhattan Christmas?
Release Date: 7th November 2016
My Rating: 4/5
Review: Even though I’ve never been to New York I love the city and books featuring it or ones that are set there so when this blog tour popped up in my emails I couldn’t resist. This is the story of Lucie and Dale who have been friends forever but nothing more, or so they want to believe. They had one summer after they left school when they took their relationship further but then Lucie went to university and it was never spoken of again. However, despite this blip, they remain the best of friends so when Lucie is invited to her friend Petra’s wedding in New York Dale agrees to go with her. He goes partly because if he doesn’t she might get on the wrong plane or get lost in the city and partly, because Christmas with all its celebrations and festive joy is a time of year that Lucie hates.
I enjoyed this story. It was quite obvious how much Lucie and Dale cared about each other even though they tried to deny it. Even with the denial of their feelings this was not a straight-forward story, there were family misunderstandings that grew out of proportion (as these things do) and mistakes made by both Lucie and Dale that could have damaged their relationship.
Despite enjoying the story though I had two problems with it, one was that I didn’t get a lot of depth from either main character and as such wasn’t getting excited or annoyed with them as I would usually do while reading and the other is that there wasn’t enough of New York in the story for me. For all that it is in the title they don’t spend as much time there as I was expecting them to, though this point is more a fault of my expectations than the actual book itself.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I wonder if perhaps her writing style just isn’t for me as the story is good, it really is, it just didn’t grab me as much as I thought it would.
If you’re looking for a Christmas story with joy and festive cheer, snow and some quintessential New York experiences then this is definitely worth a look. Probably best read on a day when your Christmas decorations are on (all twinkling and cosy looking) and you have nothing else to do but snuggle up on the sofa and read this with a mug of hot chocolate, cream and marshmallows!
Author information: Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.