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Meet Me In Manhattan: A sparkling, feel-good romantic comedy to whisk you away from it all Paperback – 26 Mar 2015
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‘Sexy, sassy, hilarious, and with her trademark sting in the tail. Vintage Carroll.’ PATRICIA SCANLAN
‘Full of warmth and humour and emotion, this is a wonderfully written, unconventional love story … I adored it … I guarantee you’ll love it!’ MELISSA HILL
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‘A brilliant writer who’s really great at making us care for her characters’ READER REVIEW
‘It bubbles and sparkles like pink champagne … hugely entertaining’ PATRICIA SCANLAN
‘An emotional roller-coaster … asks some probing questions about relationships and keeps the reader wondering until the very end’ IRISH INDEPENDENT
‘A heroine you just want fate to smile on’ HEAT
About the Author
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
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At this point I have to admit I was cheering Holly on as she saw the chance to make a name for herself as a researcher for her job, one where she was being taken for granted, by flying out to New York to confront her suitor and get her revenge. But as you might expect online, where you can in effect pretend to be whoever you want to be, Andy wasn't the guy that she was expecting but as the saying goes 'when one door closes, another one opens' and that's certainly true for Holly as the whole experience introduces her to new people and new experiences that certainly wouldn't have happened if she'd stayed back home in Ireland.
I loved the whole concept of the story, online dating and the idea that things might not be as they seem, and the setting of the storyline in Manhattan, going to New York in Winter is one of the things to do on my bucket list and the descriptions of the places Holly visited and experiences she had made me want to go there all the more. And if I could meet a hunky man, like Holly did, to be my tour guide as well I think I'd be in heaven...
Holly was a fantastic character, you couldn't help but like her and want her to find the happiness she deserves. I was cheering her on every step of the way, from the moment of confrontation to everything that happened afterwards. I could also relate to her in a personal way as even though Holly's experiences were more recent, the idea of spending Christmas following the loss of your mum doesn't get any easier no matter how many years have passed, and I have spent many Christmasses the way that Holly had initially planned to.
Written in Claudia's trademark humourous style, Meet Me in Manhattan will have you willing Holly on in her endeavours to exact revenge and find love. It was the perfect feel-good read that I needed on a depressingly wet weekend when all I wanted to do was hibernate and read.
I love Claudia Caroll's books. Whilst they're cosy, romantic reads, there's always a twist. I've just finished Meet me in Manhattan and am missing it!!
Holly hates the 'C' word (Christmas). She gets very antsy coming up to the xmas period and would like to be in a relationship, or would she? She was adopted as a tiny baby by a lady in her 40's at Christmas time. Her Mam used to say 'Christmas was their special time'. She's obviously missing her Mam and has no other family. She gets invited to spend Christmas with friends but prefers to hide under the duvet til Christmas is over.
She's met the man of her dreams via online dating- a Delta Airline pilot, widower, with a 6 year old son, living in Atlanta. A family man! Or has she?
He calls her first thing in the morning and last thing at night to wish her a good day/night. He always appears so thoughtful.
They make 3 attempts to meet in Dublin whilst he's on a stopover, but fate is against them. His flight gets diverted, she's working late, his child gets hurt so he doesn't fly.
Holly's flatmate Joy and her boyfriend Krzysztof are suspicious and check out Holly's pilot's IP address find out that he actually lives in New York!
So Holly decides to pay him an unexpected visit to NY, where she's never been before. It'll also take her mind off the 'C' word.
I wasn't familiar with the term catfishing, must be my age!
Throughout the book I was trying to predict what'd happen, but wasn't always correct, which I loved.
Claudio's descriptions of Manhattan are super. She obviously loves the city and knows it so well. I loved her description of Holly seeing it for the first time. Brings back memories of when we brought the children there for the first time in 2007.
We will be there shortly (have been there before) and am looking forward to visiting the Magnolia Bakery in downtown Soho, mentioned in the book.
So many reviews have given the plot, that I won't, but it is definitely worth reading, though I do wonder if there is going to be a sequel, there certainly is scope for one.
The idea is interesting enough, playing on three whole internet dating-catfish idea. Unfortunately the plot becomes a little unbelievable about half way through and I found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with Holly and her actions as it all just became too hard to believe.
Some of the dialogue felt cheesy and stilted and I found myself growing impatient at the slowness of the plot. The book was longer than it needed to be and I found myself skimming ahead to see what was going to happen.
Don't get me wrong, it was an enjoyable read and Carroll did inject a lot of tension and twists to the story. I read it by the pool on holiday which was perfect but I was a bit disappointed overall as I know she has written much better books.
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