Have you ever given up on love?
When her boyfriend lets her down for the last time, Brooklyn bookshop owner Bea James makes a decision – no more. No more men, no more heartbreak, and no more pain.
Psychiatrist Jake Steinmann is making a new start too, leaving his broken marriage behind in San Francisco. From now on there’ll just be one love in his life: New York.
At a party where they seem to be the only two singletons, Bea and Jake meet, and decide there’s just one thing for it. They will make a pact: no more relationships.
But the city has other plans . . .
*Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Miranda Dickinson is a well established name on the chick lit scene, and probably one of the most read British authors. Every time I would open my twitter I see someone either reading one of her books, or mentioning how much they want to read them.
If you ever give ‘I’ll Take New York’ a chance, I’m sure you’ll understand what I’m saying, and it’s safe to say you’d want to read Miranda’s backlog. The story in ‘I’ll Take New York’ is centered around Bea James, who owns a bookshop in Brooklyn. She’s been (once again) stood up by her boyfriend and utterly humiliated in front of her whole family. Her boyfriend whom she’s been dating for years is supposed to reveal something important and has invited all of Bea’s family out for a meal. Everyone (Bea included) assumes he’s gonna propose, so they’re all pretty excited waiting for him to arrive. However, he doesn’t even show up.
Bea is hurt, humiliated, angry and experiences all these flash backs from their relationship, seeing her boyfriend Otis doing this hot-cold thing to her all over and over. So, she decides to end it and enjoy being single. However, things change when she meets dishy Jake at a party. Jake has also been terribly hurt in love, and his status is very complicated. Chatting through a few glasses, they make this Pact to stay single which will solve all their problems and prevent from another heart break. Except…yes, there’s always except since this is fiction and romance at that.
If you’ve read Miranda’s debut ‘Fairytale of New York’, then you’d be pleasently surprised to see some of the ‘old gang’, since Jake is the brother of the male MC in ‘Fairytale of New York’, Ed. I haven’t read Miranda’s debut, but I still enjoyed reading about all these characters and I will certainly read Ed and Rosie’s story, hopefully soon.
What I loved the most about this book is that strong feel good factor, I literally couldn’t put this book down. I read it in less than 24 hours and was completely immersed in the story. It felt like entering this magical world, where you totally forget about everything else and your only focus is this wonderful love story. Of course, the setting was perfect and Miranda did a great job in describing New York and that energy this wonderful city has. As much as I loved this city, I think Miranda made me love it even more, I honestly thought I was right there, in Bea’s bookshop in Brooklyn, sniffing that smell of books, walking down NY streets..I’m telling you, it felt too real! Which is always a good thing, in my book. Moving on, the characters…I’m nothing like Bea (except we both share the passion for books), however I could still connect to her to a certain extent. I admit, at times I found that whole ‘pact thing’ a bit silly, but it was still very cute and most definitely something younger-me would do. Jake is a great guy, probably one of the most emotional and sensitive male characters I’ve ever read about, which honestly I LOVED. He’s compassionate, intelligent, respectful towards women and generally, someone you’d love to have as a partner or as a friend at least.
While it’s obviously a romance read, it’s also one who speaks about taking chances, about never losing hope and nurturing that belief love is truly the most magnificent power of all. There’s one character I particularly loved, Bea’s grandma Dot, who says the most beautiful and wise things about life and love.
The romance is well told and gradually built, sometimes it even felt things were moving too slowly, however this didn’t stop me from enjoying the book. This as well as the last 50 pages (which brought in too much drama, for my taste) are the main reasons why I’m giving it 8/10. Nevertheless, it’s a great book I’m sure many will enjoy, and there’s a bit of Christmassy feel to it (though I wouldn’t classify it as a Chrismassy read) so it’s perfect for this time of year. ‘I’ll Take New York’ is warm and feel good romance story you can devour in one sitting and I most definitely recommend it.
My rating 8/10