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Romance | One New York Christmas | Mandy Baggot

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Mandy Baggot is one of my favourite authors … I’m guaranteed a feel-good read with laughs and tears along the way.  One New York Christmas didn’t disappoint.  It’s the perfect read this season and would be a fabulous gift.

I’m sharing my thoughts with you on publication day as part of the tour.

One New York Christmas Mandy Baggot

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction) (15 Nov. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785039253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785039256

Will this Christmas romance be just for the holidays?

A fun, festive romantic comedy to curl up with this winter. If you love Josie Silver’s One Day in December, you’ll love Mandy Baggot’s heart-melting love story.

Lara Weeks is heading to New York with best friend Susie for the Christmas trip of a lifetime.

festive break in the snowy Big Apple visiting the tourist hotspots, not to mention the shopping, seems like the perfect way for Lara to get over her ex-boyfriend. Or maybe make him so jealous he begs for a second chance.

Enlisting the help of gorgeous actor, Seth Hunt, doesn’t quite go to plan, but there’s something about him that has Lara wishing for a different kind of happy ever after

One New York Christmas is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.


I’m going to start by saying that Lara isn’t your stereotypical female lead.  Yes, she has emotional barriers but that doesn’t hold her back, she just gets on with life.  That’s not to say she’s doesn’t feel emotions.  For me she came across as resilient (perhaps something she has learnt growing up with her dad and her ‘almost’ brother Aldo).  Her skills, in our culture, would be firmly placed in the domain of males.

I loved how physical she was (the opposite to me!) and not at all bothered by the scrapes she found herself in.  She does have limitations she’s set for herself and throughout the story, her experiences in NY have a direct affect on expanding those boundaries, opening up to other possibilities and plans for what she wants to do.  I loved her!  Best friend Susie compliments her perfectly.

Seth IS emotional.  He’s sensitive and thoughtful without coming across as a wimp.  Who wouldn’t want to help this gorgeous and vulnerable man!  The acting scene in Cafe Cluny was pure class.  I could feel the emotion rolling off in waves, clapping enthusiastically myself at the end!  I adored his mum Kossy, not only for the years of selfless giving at the shelter but also how she supports him emotionally in his need to find out more.

Fabulous scenes in New York provided plenty of opportunities for both laughter and tears.  Loved Seth’s inspired idea for how to travel the world ♥  I might magpie his idea. 🙂

One New York Christmas is more than a feel-good romance.  The story is as much about finding out who you are and where you belong as the attraction between two people.  It’s about acceptance for those more vulnerable in society – a perfect theme for this time of year.  The ending brought me happy tears in response to the hope for what’s to come for three families.  Perfect.

Connect with Mandy Baggot

Twitter @mandybaggot



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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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