Fiction Book Reviews

Book Review : One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot

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Paperback: 488 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (30 Sept. 2015)
ISBN-10: 1910751499
ISBN-13: 978-1910751497

Source : Netgalley

Christmas: it’s the most wonderful time of the year…to fall in love

The temperature is dropping, snow is on its way and Hayley Walker is heading for New York with one wish… to start over.

With her daughter Angel, Hayley is ready for adventure. But there’s more to New York than twinkly lights and breathtaking skyscrapers. Angel has her own Christmas wish – to find her real dad.

While Hayley tries to fulfil her daughter’s wish, she crosses paths with billionaire Oliver Drummond. Restless and bored with fast living, there’s something intriguing about him that has Hayley hooked.

Can Hayley dare to think her own dreams might come true – could A New York Christmas turn into a New York Forever?

Travel to the Big Apple this Christmas and join Hayley and Oliver as they realise life isn’t just about filling the minutes… it’s about making every moment count.

A big warm-hearted story, full of Christmas sparkle that will delight fans of Jane Costello, Miranda Dickinson and Lucy Diamond.

I have been a fan of Mandy’s writing since 2011 and it’s been fabulous to have been a (very small) part of her writing career.

If you’re a regular blog reader you will have seen my post about the publication party for One Wish.  If you missed it you can read it here.

One Wish has become my favourite of Mandy’s novels (yes, it’s actually knocked Strings Attached off the top of the list)!

It was so easy to warm to and become totally engaged with Hayley, her daughter Angel, Oliver and his mum Cynthia.

The narrations from both Hayley and Oliver allow the reader to see different perceptions and a window into how our characters are feeling. The alternating chapters meant that I always had to keep turning those pages to find out what was happening.  Oliver’s first narration ends on a cliffhanger – what a way to start a story!  Edge of the seat, NEED to know kind of cliffhanger. 

Hayley and Oliver’s first meeting is comedic.  I loved Hayley’s humour throughout the story 🙂  The ‘will they, won’t they’ isn’t drawn out and the misunderstandings are well, understandable.  The reasons behind the conflict are very real.  I thought Mandy portrayed the fear really well.

Oliver’s late father’s best friend, Andrew Regis made my blood boil.  A snake hiding behind a facade that fools some …

The analogies and descriptive writing made it easy for me to visualise scenes.

“Hayley watched Angel flying around the newly erected Christmas tree like she was competing in a contemporary dance competition.  Her arms stretched high, garlands of gold, silver, blue and red tinsel dripping from her fingers, then moving low, slipping bauble after bauble onto the outstretched boughs of the tree.”

Not only did the characters and the plot find a place in my heart, the setting transported me too. I must admit to loving a Christmas romance and the snowy streets in New York leading up to Christmas are the perfect setting for a romance to unfold.  Mancini’s, Vapers, Dean’s apartment, Drummond Global and the Crystalline Hotel all felt very real.

One Wish in Manhattan is (in my opinion) the perfect Christmas read.  Similar themes to Pretty Woman (one of my all time favourite movies), I would love to see One Wish on the silver screen!

It’s a Keeper!

  Watch out for a giveaway next week.  I have a signed copy up for grabs for UK/ROI readers.

I would like to thank the publishers for approval via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.

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