Thursday, 27 November 2014

I’ll Take New York – by Miranda Dickinson

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My own copy

The blurb:

The author of the Sunday Times bestselling Take a Look at Me Now, returns to New York with her most heart-warming, romantic story yet.

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 . . .

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

So, this book is really special to me. I’ve read three of Miranda’s books already; the others are ready in my bookshelf. When I saw a tweet to join #TeamBea I took the chance. All I had to do was tweet my fave character out of her books. Until now it has been Romily from It Started With A Kiss, now I think Bea took over that role. A few days later I was mentioned in a tweet announcing the winner, I was one of them, I couldn’t believe it!!! So thank you!
I’m more than happy to be part of this team and the blog tour. Thanks especially to Miranda, Olivia and Shaba.

Well, so here we go. The cover is absolutely stunning! I fell in love with it instantly and I think it fits the story perfectly.

The story follows Bea James, who owns a cute bookshop in Brooklyn. I liked her immediately, not only because of her love for books, but also her personality. I think we are pretty similar. The book starts with her and her family waiting for her boyfriend Otis to finally show up, he was the one who invited them in the first place… He doesn’t show up, Bea has had enough, it’s over!!!

Then we have Jake, Dr. Jake Steinmann, yes Steinmann you heard right. I’ve you’ve read Miranda’s first novel Fairytales of New York the name might sound familiar. Jake is Ed’s younger brother. Ed and Rosie are engaged now and it was so great to read about them again, I’ll get back to that later. Jake is in the middle of his divorce, moving back to New York from San Francisco, he needs a new start. I also liked him from the start, he seemed like an honest and gorgeous man, all a woman wants ;)

At Rosie’s and Ed’s engagement party they meet. Bea’s brother’s girlfriend Celia is friend with Rosie, just to clear up the connections between the characters. Well, Jake and Bea seem to be the only single people at the party and they start talking, they clicked immediately, so cute. Both having enough from relationships agreed to a pact, no relationships ever again… Was this a good idea?!

A day later both of them realised that they didn’t ask for the other’s phone number. Rosie and Bea become friends, when Bea is hosting Celia’s book launch, when they get to talk at Rosie’s florist shop Kowalski, she tells her about Jake and Jake tells Ed. Rosie and Ed, sweet and cute as they are, set them up. Jake and Bea start to spend lots of time together, exploring New York. Both of them picking places, which mean something to them. This was great, because it made me feel closer to both characters. But, they are only friends right?! Their chemistry was pretty obvious and I was only waiting for something to happen between them. Let’s just say I had to be really patient.

And there were still their ex partners. Otis on Bea’s side, who suddenly decided to want her back, even asking her an important question. And Jessica, on the other side, who shows up in New York out of the blue. A lot of misunderstandings and not being honest to themselves lead to complicated things. At one point at Ed’s and Rosie’s wedding I thought that it would finally happen, since they had a moment just a few days before, but then everything changed. I just wanted them to be honest to themselves and to everybody else and I liked that Ed and Rosie were always involved somehow.

I enjoyed reading about them again, I liked their story and it continued here, which was so sweet and magical to read about.

I liked the way both their families and friends were included in the story, especially Bea’s grandmother Dot. Them exchanging emails and letters and her grandmother opening up and telling Bea about her first love. I knew Dot always had good advice for Bea and would show her the right way in the end.

New York is a wonderful city and I really want to go there now. Central Park, the pond, the Empire State Building etc. It was so much fun getting to know the city with Jake and Bea and Miranda’s way of describing the places made it all so real and vivid.
The scenes in this story were all so authentic and I felt like being part of it. Miranda’s writing is brilliant, so magical and sparkly. I loved every second of this book and I think this is my new favourite out of her books. I fell in love with the story, the characters, New York and also with the writing! Well done Miranda, this book is a masterpiece!

The books shows us what is important in live and that sometimes it takes a bit longer to find what you really want!



My possible cast:

Bea: Sarah Drew

Jake: Robbie Amell

Miranda on Twitter: @wurdsmyth

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