It’s the fourth day of our #BookoutureXmas event and today we bring you review and an international giveaway for another brilliant Bookouture Christmas title ‘One Wish in Manhattan’ by amazingly talented Mandy Baggot. We absolutely LOVED this book and strongly recommend it. If you don’t win the giveaway or just can’t wait that long to see if you’ll be the winner, head straight to amazon and immediately download a copy FOR JUST 99p. Read on for our review and enter the fantastic giveaway, once again wish I could enter myself as that cover is SO gorgeous and would be fab to have the paperback.
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.
* Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *
It’s been years since I’ve read Ms Baggot’s book, way too long I believe. When I heard she was releasing a Christmas book, I was over the moon. I absolutely adored “Strings Attached’, the last book I read by Ms Baggot, and I simply couldn’t wait to see Ms Baggot in Christmas style. ‘One Wish in Manhattan’ is released by Bookouture, which have fast become one of my favorite publishers. I’ve read almost all of their Christmas releases and I must say they’ve got an excellent list of books and amazingly talented authors I absolutely recommend to check.
‘One Wish in Manhattan’ is one of these beautiful, festive reads full of magic and heart. It tells the story of Hayley who’s off to New York with her nine year old daughter, Angel to find Angel’s dad. She leaves her job due to harassment from her boss and is off to NY planing on staying with her brother Dean. Her brother works for a successful company and has a great career, unlike her who got pregnant at 18 and became the black sheep in the family. Angel is such a smart kid, very loud and opinionated but a real little genius and despite Hayley being the happiest she has her, she’s also aware she’s sacrificed all her dreams, one to become a fashion designer, by giving up school and having a baby at such an early age. But Hayley’s on a mission now, to find Angel’s dad, who was unfortunately just a one night stand after a night of too many drinks. She’s never been a slut, she was just young and it was a once in a life kind of thing. She also fears how she will explain to Angel all of this, fearing she might feel unwanted. During their time in NY, the mother-daughter duo experiences so many things, they see both the beautiful and the ugly side of NY. On one occasion and under some strange circumstances, Hayley meets Oliver Drummond, the CEO of one of the biggest companies who’s also her brother’s boss. Known as one of the most eligible bachelors, Oliver is like a nicer version of Christian Grey. Will Hayley be able to resist his charms and is there hope for Oliver and his love life?
Told from two points of views, Hayley and Oliver’s, ‘One Wish in Manhattan’ was indeed a very quick and easy read for me. There are many lovable characters, who were so vividly portrayed I really felt like they’re in the same room with me. The chapters were the perfect length, and the story was fast paced. Most of the story is set in New York, where we get to see Hayley and Angel visiting all sorts of art places in the hope to find Angel’s father. However, one of the things which impressed me the most is how effortless Ms Baggot brings us two separate stories, one of the quest after Michel De Vos, Angel’s father and the second, the romance between Hayley and Oliver. However, I really felt like both stories are important, it didn’t feel at all like one of them was neglected or overshadowed by the other one. They were equally important and made this book rather unique as a whole.
This being said, this is not just a romance story, though the romance part is beautifully and tastefully written. It is also a beautiful story focused on the strong mother-daughter relationship and tells the importance of family. This is the next thing I loved, it’s not a cheesy, holiday romance you’ll forget in a couple of days or right after the last page.
The characters play such an important part and each one of them adds to the story. They are all lovable (even Oliver gets under your skin) and stand out from the rest you’ve read about so far. They also felt so real and it felt like their personalities were simply popping out of the pages. I don’t know about you, but I do sometimes have problems with book characters who are so similar you simply can’t follow the story. Or they are so similar to some you’ve read about previously by another author. Well, that’s not the case with ‘One Wish in Manhattan’, I can personally guarantee the characters you’ll meet here stand out from the rest and are ones that will stay with you even after finishing the story.
Speaking of characters, Hayley was an amazing heroine. Being a mother myself I could totally understand why she’s doing what might seem silly to some readers, goes to NY to find someone who she only saw once and just briefly. All she wants is her daughter to have her Christmas wish come true, to meet her dad and understand even if she’s a product of a one night stand, that she’s still loved and the most precious thing in Hayley’s life. Angel is an adorable kid, she’s a little genius, reading dictionaries, big books, being like a sponge who just sucks in loads of information so effortlessly. She’s was a rather impressing character, though at times I found this a bit repetitive. At times it did feel a bit forced, as if Ms Baggot tried a bit too much to make Angel such a special character. But despite this, I still adored Angel and think she’s one the best child characters I’ve read about. Oliver is someone you might need time to warm up, as assume most female readers will find his behavior too Mr Grey at the beginning. But then again, it’s those very female readers who put 50 shades on pedestal, so who knows… But bear in mind, Oliver is nothing like Christian, he does the whole no strings attached however he’s not the abusive type. On the contrary, he’s well aware that most women want his billions and social influence, so all he does is protect himself from them. He’s the opposite around Hayley, guards and safety walls are completely down and you can see his vulnerable side. Hayley is the best thing that happened to him and thanks to her we see Oliver the boss transform, and this was so lovely to see. I couldn’t help but think of Oliver as the modern version of Scrooge, who suddenly under the influence of Hayley starts loving Christmas and tries to mend all his relationships, especially those with his family and employees.
Overall, ‘One Wish in Manhattan’ was a delightful, beautiful story I shall remember and keep in my heart for a long time. It’s full of lovely messages which bring hope, just like Christmas does. It speaks about the importance of believing in your wishes, believing in yourself and making every moment in life count. Grab those moments and cherish them, they are your happy memories. Beautifully written and full of heart, ‘One Wish in Manhattan’ is the absolute necessity for the holiday season, as is mulled wine and mince pies. Enjoy!
My rating: 9/10
Thanks to the fab guys from Bookouture, we’re offering you a chance to win a PAPERBACK of ‘One Wish in Manhattan’. The giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and closes on 5th of November. Winner will be contacted by e-mail or on twitter and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If we don’t hear from them, we’ll pick a new winner. Best of luck, guys and thanks for reading!