The Blurb (courtesy of Amazon)http://www.amazon.co.uk/Meet-Me-Manhattan-Claudia-Carroll/dp/0007520905
In a New York minute, everything can change …
You don’t mess with aspiring journalist Holly Johnson! The man she fell for is not all that he seems – because sometimes dating online doesn’t quite go to plan. She’s decided to fly to the Big Apple to surprise him and to get some answers. And if her plan works she’ll also get the scoop of her career …
But as she steps out of her yellow taxi and the first snowflakes start to fall, it’s Holly who has the surprise of her life.
What should be a dream come true is looking a little like a nightmare. But Holly is determined to get her New York happy ending!
When Holly’s dreams of meeting her perfect man on a dating website turn out disastrous she sets off to seek revenge. Not only has she been shamed and naively taken for a ride by this man posing to be something and someone he’s not, she gets a rude awaking when a flight To New York later she discovers he is actually a 16 year old boy.
Mortified beyond belief and desperate to do anything to take her mind off fast approaching Christmas Day she takes Mike McGinnis’ offer of an apology up only to begin the most exciting time of her life.
This book was a breath of fresh air to read. I loved the new York referencing as I’ve been a few times myself and this truly made me see a different side to a city that I’m not overly keen on. It was also refreshing to read a book written by an Irish author. Words like ‘feck’ and ‘arse’ never fail to make me feel at home with the good old Irish sense of humour (the best there is).
On a more serious note there was a lot of emotion in this book. The heart-rending story of Holly’s dear Mum. It definitely brought me to tears a few times. You can’t help but want the best for Holly. The characters where brilliant in their own right. Especially Dorothy, Mike’s Mother who is a true character and Joy, Holly’s best friend. They are believable and likeable in equal measure.
Although parts of this book appear too good to be true and if I’m honest quite predictable I couldn’t help but love it. It’s festive without being over the top, it’s written with a very down to earth nature which I love. It’s emotional and pulls at the heart strings but with a will they, wont they happy ending. The perfect holiday season read.
Thank you very much to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for letting me read this book prior to publication for an honest review.