Sunday, 25 October 2015

One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot

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.

I have read every one of Mandy Baggot’s books and her writing has blossomed over the years with this year’s Summer release Truly, Madly, Greekly being the best of them all but when I first laid eyes on the stunning festive cover Bookouture has produced for her new novel it looked like a promising read that could possibly knock it off of my top spot with the help of it being not only a Christmas book but set in Manhattan too.

We are introduced to some wonderful characters in this book, our little walking talking encyclopaedia,  Angel who was adorable and comical all at the same time and was a true credit to single mum Hayley who was a very grounded and warm character whose love for Angel shone through the pages and she was determined to make Angels wish come true and find her father whilst they were spending Christmas with her brother Dean in Manhattan.

American Billionaire Oliver was the perfect love interest, clearly hiding behind barriers he had built up so high and yet charming women and granting their wishes but not letting them close. He should be a character you sneer at and yet I loved him from the moment we were introduced as it was quite easy to see that this flawed character had a warm heart hidden away.

The setting was described perfectly and created an idyllic winter and festive feel I would have loved to be there ice skating and falling on my bum with them! The storyline will bring so many emotions, laughing one minute and the characters antics, feeling hopeful that their wishes will come true and it will also bring a lump to your throat as true feelings and secrets are revealed.

This was a sparkly festive read that swept me away with the storyline, it didn’t quite knock Truly, Madly Greekly off of the top spot for me but it did come close.

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  1. Thank you so much for that lovely review, Rea. I'm so glad you enjoyed One Wish in Manhattan!

    Mandy xx

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