In a New York minute, everything can change …You don’t mess with aspiring journalist Holly Johnson! The man she fell for is not all that he seems – because sometimes dating online doesn’t quite go to plan. She’s decided to fly to the Big Apple to surprise him and to get some answers. And if her plan works she’ll also get the scoop of her career …But as she steps out of her yellow taxi and the first snowflakes start to fall, it’s Holly who has the surprise of her life.What should be a dream come true is looking a little like a nightmare. But Holly is determined to get her New York happy ending!
I'm happy to welcome you to the Blog Tour for Meet Me in Manhattan by Claudia Carroll, published in paperback by Avon on 3 December 2015.
I have a real fondness for Claudia Carroll's writing. She writes stories that cheer, that make you smile and that are so easy to disappear into. I read a lot of different genres, I enjoy many authors. Some of them are serious and tense, some are heavy and issue-led. Claudia Carroll is none of these things, she's a romantic comedy author, and proud of it, and she's also one of the best.
Meet Me in Manhattan bring the age-old girl meets boy story bang up to date. Our heroine Holly has entered the world of online dating, she's jumped in feet first and totally embraced the instant messaging, the 'swipe right', she's on it.
When Holly met Andy online, she thought all of her Christmases and Birthdays had arrived together. He's an airline pilot in America, he's a widow, has a small child and is incredibly attentive. Well as attentive as anyone can be when you are separated by thousands of miles. The day of their first face-
to-face meeting arrives and this is when Claudia Carroll's writing really touches the heart. The scene in the restaurant as Holly sits waiting for Andy to arrive is heartbreaking. Holly's confusion and disappointment, and her determination to think the best of Andy is palpable.
Andy doesn't arrive and it is Holly's best friend Joy who is there to help her through. Joy knows Holly, she knows her vulnerabilities, her history. She's protective of her friend. Holly is determined to travel to America and to find out just what Andy's game is. So off she goes, risking her job, and her heart, to Manhattan.
Manhattan becomes a character it is own right in this book. Claudia Carroll's wonderful descriptions of this magical Christmassy place are amazing. I've never been to New York, but after reading this book, I'd be on the first plane there in an instance if I got the chance.
There are lots and lots of unexpected surprises in this story which kept me happily reading right up until the end. Holly is a character who evokes sympathy from the reader, she's kind and compassionate and she'd make a great best friend.
If you want a book to curl up with on a dreary December afternoon, a book that will keep you entertained and show you the sights and sounds of Manhattan, then this is the one to choose.
Claudia Carroll is a number one bestselling author in Ireland and a top ten bestseller in the UK, selling over 300,000 copies of her paperbacks alone.
She was born in Dublin where she still lives and where she has worked extensively both as a theatre and stage actress.
She now writes full-time.
Her 2013 novel ME AND YOU was shortlisted for the Bord Gais Popular Choice Irish Book Award.
More information about Claudia Carroll and her books can be found at her website www.claudia-caroll.com
Follow her on Twitter @carrollclaudia