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Review: Sunset in Central Park by Sarah Morgan

Series: From Manhattan with Love #2Sunset in Central Park

Title: Sunset in Central Park

Author: Sarah Morgan

Publisher: MIRA, Harlequin (UK)

Pages: 384

Date of Publication: July 14th, 2016

Rating: 5/5

My Review:

Don’t read my review, just read this brilliantly written novel!

Whenever I find a new book by Sarah Morgan I can’t wait to read it. She is a superb emotive writer, with brilliantly portrayed characters, a well developed plot and plenty of twists to keep the reader enthralled. This story was no exception – I loved it!

This is the second book in the From Manhattan with Love Trilogy. The first one was ‘Sleepless in Manhattan’ and the final one will be ‘Miracle on 5th Avenue’ (From Manhattan with Love, #3 –  to be published in November 2016). I read (and reviewed) the first one, thoroughly enjoying it. This sequel contains many of the same characters but features the development of a different romance (or two!). Living in the Manhattan brownstone that Matt Walker owns are him on the top floor apartment (with access to the roof terrace), on the floor below in a two bedroom apartment are his sister Paige and her friend, Eva. In the single bed ground floor apartment lives Frankie Cole – she’s the gardener of the group and, like the others, grew up on Puffin Island. Actually the three girls have been friends since childhood and they’re used to super protective Matt being an integral part of their lives, he’s been like a big brother to them all but with maturity Frankie is starting to acknowledge she definitely doesn’t feel brotherly towards him – he’s hot, handsome and makes her feel so aware of him. However, her parents’ marriage difficulties, their divorce and reactions all make her disbelieve in love and HEA. Can Matt gain her trust? He thinks he knows her well but starts discovering facets he’s previously been unaware of – like hiding behind spectacles she doesn’t need. As he uncovers her secrets and her past, will he still be attracted to her?

Oh boy, this was a really fantastic read! As more revelations are made, attitudes and expectations become understandable. I love how kind, considerate and, above all, patient Matt is! The three young women also have a brilliantly supportive sisterhood, though they aren’t aware of so much that Frankie has kept from them. There are also some lovely secondary characters, like Roxy and James. The character development is enthralling, making me keep everything crossed in the hope that nothing would go wrong. The links back to Puffin Island was also an added bonus, enabling readers to renew their contact with people there, too (If you haven’t read that amazing trilogy, I highly recommend that you do!). Whilst this is part of a trilogy, it will also work as a standalone – but I loved the first novel, too, and suspect anyone who enjoys this will be tempted to go back to read ‘Sleepless in Manhattan’, too! I have to say, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every novel I’ve read by this awesome, amazing, author and highly recommend this and all her other novels!

Many thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for gifting me an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis:

In the chaos of New York, true love can be hard to find, even when it’s been right under your nose all along…

Love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Cole. After witnessing the fallout of her parents’ divorce, she’s seen the devastation an overload of emotion can cause. The only man she feels comfortable with is her friend Matt—but that’s strictly platonic. If only she found it easier to ignore the way he makes her heart race…

Matt Walker has loved Frankie for years but, sensing how fragile she is beneath her feisty exterior, has always played it cool. But then he uncovers new depths to the girl he’s known forever and doesn’t want to wait a moment longer. He knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can Matt persuade her to trust him with her heart and kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?

This book is available from a variety of sources including

Amazon (UK)         Amazon (US) 

I, fairly obviously, love this author’s novels. I have reviewed several of them – you can access them and a guest post by Sarah Morgan on this blog, by clicking here  or on the book covers shown below:

First time in forever Some Kind of Wonderful    Christmas Ever AfterSleepless in Manhattan

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