Welcome to my stop on the A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas blog tour!
About the book
Published: 7th November 2016 (Canelo)
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?
What a fabulous festive read! A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas is my first Christmas book of the season and it has set the benchmark very high!
Lucie and Dale are the best of friends, have been since they were little. Lucie has been invited to New York for Christmas to be bridesmaid for one of her University friends, Petra and she doesn’t hesitate in asking Dale to join her, who better to be her plus one?! Lucie is not a fan of Christmas for good reason and whilst Dale isn’t a fan of her University friends, he agrees and takes it as an opportunity to show Lucie how Christmas can be fun.
Lucie and Dale are both in their thirties, single and get on extremely well….the story is predictable in the sense that from the outset the reader can see how perfect Lucie and Dale are for each other but that’s exactly the reason it is a fabulous, festive romance! Right from the start, Boleyn set the scene and I was asking why these two weren’t together and it’s the realisation they experience regarding their feelings each other that makes this book an absolute page-turner.
A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas is told from the perspectives of both Lucie and Dale which is a great way of getting insight into each of the characters and the reader gets to understand things from both their perspectives before they actually share things with one another.
Amazingly, given the title, the time in Manhattan is actually only half the book but the build-up is brilliant, it really sets the scene for what lies ahead. This book is full of both happy and sad moments, both of which are written beautifully by Boleyn.
Whilst Lucie and Dale are the main characters, I loved the supporting characters of Lucie’s Dad and Dale’s family, who seem to be a bit of a nightmare in a lovely way, have taken Lucie into their fold and only want the very best for her and Dale.
A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas is a heart-warming festive read that will leave you feeling excited for the season (and if you are anything like me, wanting to go to New York in the freezing snow!)
About Darcie Boleyn
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.