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Title: A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas
Author: Darcie Boleyn
Published: November 7th, 2016
Oh I do love this author’s writing! I thoroughly enjoyed escaping in this festive friends to lovers romance and have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone seeking a novel with great, well developed, complex characters whose past greatly influences their attitudes and behaviour. They’re easy to relate to, too, believable and a delight to get to know. The storyline is full of twists and turns so whilst everyone knows what they hope will happen there are plenty of surprises in store for readers.
There are some standout scenes for me in this novel…. As a teacher I found the activities and Christmas concert Lucie participated in brought back fond memories, and the discussions with one pupil were evocative, too. What happened when walking down the aisle, I’m very pleased to say didn’t evoke any memories but were, like the rest of the novel, superbly written and I could just imagine it happening! The descriptions of Manhattan during the festive season make me dream of actually visiting there – though I must confess to preferring warmer climes when possible and actually read this whilst on holiday in the sun!
So, in case you haven’t noticed, I thoroughly recommend this festive friends to lovers romance. The development of the romance was well paced, their reticence in risking their friendship, the historic events which impinge on their relationship, the expectations of others, all make this an enthralling and highly entertaining read.
Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this novel. This is my honest review after thoroughly enjoying reading it!
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?