Review: I haven't read anything by Lisa Dickenson before, but this story sounded right up my street, dealing as it does with Christmas and New York, a lovely and exciting city to visit over the festive season. The book has a really pretty cover too, to draw the reader in.
The main character, Olivia, is visiting New York with work colleagues for a conference, but is due to return just before Christmas. A person who has never embraced the whole Christmas experience, she intends to spend the whole festive season on return from the Big Apple relaxing by herself. While in the city, she meets native New Yorker, Elijah, who begins to open her eyes to the beauty of Christmas, while old friend Jon also chips away at her resolve by introducing her to the wonders of Christmas in this exciting city. Mother Nature also plays a major role by dumping lots of snow on the world and leaving everyone stranded and unable to return home as planned, but giving Olivia extra time to appreciate the good things about Christmas.
I loved the characters in this story. Olivia is such a great person, looking after her work colleagues, who all seem to have their own problems which she has to take on her shoulders. I admire her ability to concentrate on being the boss and dealing with her 'charges' when New York is out there waiting for her. However, she was a little naive when it came to dealing with the men around her.
I heartily recommend this book to lovers of Christmas or New York, or both. The story is crammed full of humour and romance, and the delightfully Christmassy feel of New York at this time of year is brought to life through Lisa's skilful descriptions. If you're not feeling the festive spirit yet, this would be a great book to help you out.
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