Author: Miranda Dickinson
Release date: 12th November 2009
Publisher: Harper Collins Avon
Are happy-ever-afters made in Manhattan? Find out in this gorgeous debut, perfect for cold winter nights. Once upon a time an English girl went to New York to live out her very own fairytale! Florist Rosie Duncan's life couldn't be better, she has a flourishing business on New York's Upper West Side and fantastic friends. Moving to Manhattan feels like the best decision she ever made. Even though at the time, it was her escape route from heartbreak ...For the past six years Rosie has kept her heart under lock and key, despite the protests of her closest friends - charming, commitment-phobic Ed, unlucky in love Marnie and the one-woman tornado that is Celia. Then a blossoming friendship with publishing hot-shot Nate begins to shake Rosie's resolve at the same time as her brother arrives in the Big Apple, hiding a secret. But a chance meeting brings Rosie face to face with her past, unravelling the mystery behind her arrival in New York. Rosie is forced to confront questions she has long been trying to ignore, including will she ever get her very own happy-ever-after? A sparkling, romantic comedy about an English girl who finds herself in the city where dreams can come true - or so she thinks!
Fairytale of New York is the debut novel by Miranda Dickinson. I found out about Miranda’s books a few months ago. When I discover a new author I always like to start with the debut novel. I am so glad I ordered this book bargain from Amazon. Even the book was already published in 2009, it needs to remembered and that's way I'm posting a review about it!
I finished this book last night and it left me so overwhelmed with my feelings. I knew I was going to have a huge book hangover. There are no words to describe how much I loved this book but I’ll try it for you.
In this story we meet Rosie Duncan, a florist, living in Manhattan. Rosie left England six-and-a-half years ago to live in Boston. A short while later something truly awful happened to Rosie which forced her to leave Boston and she ended up in New York. She changed her carrier and began to work for Mr Kowalski as a florist, eventually taking over the shop as her own. And so her secret remains just that for six whole years. Can Rosie let go of her past and find her own happy ever after?
I was hooked from the very first page and intrigued into what was her secret? I love Miranda’s writing style. I enjoyed every word of this book. I was laughing and crying with Rosie, it really touched me. I could not put it down; it’s such a page turner.
I loved the relationship between Rosie and her best friends: Ed, Celia and Marnie, these characters being really lovable but then you’ve also got your lovable rogue in Nate. And you’ve got your bitch factor with Mimi and Caitlin – character wise, they’re all there! Especially I liked how Rosie talked about Mr. K. He was a father figure to her and you really feel how much she loved and missed him.
Maybe some readers say the story is predictable and the secret might be a letdown but this book ticked all the boxes for me, a great cast of characters both good and bad, an engaging heroine, a couple of crazy female friends and then the love interests.
The book is your typical chic-lit style book but has been beautifully written with a mixture of romance and drama. A must read for every Chick-lit fan!