If you’re a regular blog reader you will know that over the past couple of years I’ve become a big fan of Sarah Morgan‘s writing. I’m always excited to open the pages of her new novel and get caught up in the lives of the characters. Sarah Morgan consistently manages to draw me in totally and Moonlight Over Manhattan didn’t disappoint 🙂
(At the time of writing my thoughts, Moonlight Over Manhattan is only 99p on Kindle. Don’t miss it!)
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1111.0 KB
Print Length: 376 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373804032
Publisher: HQ (5 Oct. 2017)
Determined to conquer a lifetime of shyness, Harriet Knight challenges herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her, including celebrating Christmas without her family. But when dog-walker Harriet meets her newest client, exuberant spaniel Madi, she adds an extra challenge to her list – dealing with Madi’s temporary dog-sitter, gruff doctor Ethan Black, and their very unexpected chemistry.
Ethan thought he was used to chaos, until he met Madi – how can one tiny dog cause such mayhem? To Ethan, the solution is simple – he will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide 24-hour care. But there’s nothing simple about how Harriet makes him feel.
Ethan’s kisses make Harriet shine brighter than the stars over moonlit Manhattan. But when his dog-sitting duties are over, and Harriet returns to her own home, will she dare to take the biggest challenge of all – letting Ethan know he has her heart for life, not just for Christmas?
We found out about the Knight family’s childhood in Holiday in the Hamptons (although there are references to it in Moonlight Over Manhattan) which led to Harriet being over-protected by twin sister Fliss and brother Daniel. I loved being a part of Harriet coming out from the shadows to live her life (yes, it really does feel as if I know these characters). The way she challenged herself is certainly courageous and I think she just might be my favourite of Sarah Morgan’s characters from this series of six novels. When I think back to the beginning of the story I can honestly say she is an inspiration and the story holds an important message about the boundaries and limitations we put on ourselves. Harriet shows the reader how the benefits far outweigh the fear of breaking out of our comfort zones and that there is always hope.
Ethan, having learnt to disconnect from his feelings as a necessity for his job, isn’t the perfect person at first to help Harriet with her confidence. But Harriet still shows strength in what she was prepared to do to ensure Madi receives the care she needs while her owner is away. No wilting sunflower where dogs are concerned (she’s fierce 🙂 ), it’s just people that Harriet stumbles with. I loved how their friendship grew and the peeling off of those layers Ethan has shrouded himself in. As in previous stories, I was totally invested emotionally.
With a great cast of characters, a sprinkling of humour, the most fabulous settings and a slow-burning soul connection, Moonlight Over Manhattan is a must read this season.
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