The bit on the back…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . to fall in love
The temperature is dropping, snow is on its way and Hayley Walker is heading for New York with one wish on her mind…to start over.
With her nine year-old daughter Angel, Hayley is ready for an adventure. From hot chocolates and horse-drawn carriage rides in Central Park, to ice-skating at the Rockefeller Centre, and Christmas shopping on 5th Avenue – they soon fall in love with the city that never sleeps.
But there’s more to New York than the bright twinkly lights and breathtaking skyscrapers. Angel has a Christmas wish of her own – to find her real dad.
While Hayley tries to fufil 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.
Determined to make her daughter’s dream come true, can Hayley dare to think her own dreams might turn into reality – 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 both realise that life isn’t just about filling the minutes…it’s about making every moment count.
Firstly, thank you to Bookouture for approving me for a copy of Mandy’s latest read via Netgalley. One Wish in Manhattan is all about Hayley, her 9 year old daughter and Oliver.
The story is told from both Hayley and Oliver’s POV. I love this in a story anyway, but it works well in this one because there are a lot of different things happening for each character. Hayley is very family focused and is trying her best to fulfil her daughter’s Christmas wish and on the other hand Oliver shies away from commitment in general but also from being part of his family. They are an unlikely match but there is something that just works with them both. Hayley brings out Oliver’s good qualities almost unbeknownst to him and by the end he is the genuinely great guy he is capable of.
Both Hayley and Oliver have a lot of time to reflect in the novel and there is a lot of self-discovery for each of them. The biggest change though, remains with Oliver in all aspects of his life right down to learning his employee’s names.
I absolutely loved the setting. Mandy brought New York to life in this book and I loved that Hayley’s New York treasure hunt took her and Angel beyond the usual sight-seeing hot spots. It felt like an insider’s guide to New York and I loved that she and Angel kept thinking of reasons why New York was better than home.
Just like the cover says, this is an uplifting read. It’s about going after what you want, going after what you deserve and living life to its fullest for you and for your family. Mandy had my emotions all over the place throughout this book but one thing is for certain – her writing reels you in, wraps you up and invests your heart in her stories. More please!