#BookReview ~ In a Manhattan Minute by Helen J Rolfe #BookBoost

It’s Publication Day for this brilliant book .. my readers will know I enjoy all of Helen’s books so will not be surprised I read this as soon as I was able, perks of being a blogger I didn’t have to wait until today! 🙂 

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… but when the temperature dips, can Manhattan work its magic?

Jack exists in a world that has seen its fair share of tragedy, but also success and the wealth that comes with it. One snowy night, he crosses paths with Evie, a homeless girl, and it changes everything.

Three years on, Evie’s life is very different. She’s the assistant to a prestigious wedding gown designer, she’s settled in Manhattan, has her own apartment and friendships she holds dear. But the past is lurking in the background, threatening to spoil everything, and it’s catching up with her.

Kent has kept a family secret for two decades, a secret he never wanted to share with his son, Jack. And even though she doesn’t realise it yet, his life is inextricably tangled with Nicole’s, the woman who was his housekeeper for thirteen years and the woman who helped Evie turn her life around.

It’s Christmas and a time for forgiveness, love and Happy Ever Afters. And when the snow starts to fall, the truth could finally bring everyone the gift of happiness they’re looking for.

Grab a hot chocolate, turn on the twinkly lights and snuggle up with this unputdownable heart-warming novel.

  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Fabrian Books; 1 edition (20 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LFABCMS

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About the Author

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Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction with an emphasis on relationships and love. She enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and characters who face challenges and fight to overcome them. Helen enjoys creating strong female lead characters and although her stories often deal with serious issues, they always have a happy ending.

Born and raised in the UK, Helen graduated from University with a business degree and began working in I.T. This job took her over to Australia and it was there that she studied writing and journalism and began writing articles for women’s health and fitness magazines. She also volunteered with the PR department of a children’s hospital where she wrote articles and media releases. Helen began writing fiction in 2011 and hasn’t missed the I.T. world one little bit, although the I.T. skills have come in handy of course, especially when it comes to creating and maintaining a website.

After fourteen years of living in Melbourne and then Sydney, Helen decided to return home. She now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and children and they are slowly becoming acclimatised to the English weather.

Helen is a member of the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association and Romance Writers of Australia and blogs with The Write Romantics, a group of ten writers who met through the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

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My Review

I have always devoured Helen’s books with a tremendous feeling of satisfaction so I was beyond honoured to be one of the first people to get an ARC of her new book, In a Manhattan Minute.

Add to this my well known adoration of New York, having a story set in Manhattan with a hint of Christmas included filled me with excitement and I couldn’t wait to read it.

Beginning at Thanksgiving, anyone who knows the ritual of this holiday will be drawn in immediately. This is a tale focusing on several characters all with a difficult past for one reason or another. The question is can life go down the tubes further or is there such a thing as second chances? Sometimes events are so huge and leave such an impact it is almost impossible to rebuild a life.

We have the Churchill’s, father Kent and his two grown children, Jackson and Cameron .. all very different personalities carrying a tragedy which should/could pull them together but can it?

Nicole is their housekeeper, she is a warm friendly Italian lady with a huge heart. Evie, a young woman who has had her share of knocks but is full of determination while holding many secrets.

The backdrop of Manhattan, the anticipation of the festive season, the bitterly cold temperatures the author captures it all. I have been to NYC during every season and the writing felt like ‘going home’. I could smell the street vendors, see the twinkly lights around anything that doesn’t move, hear the traffic driving through the slush.

As the book progresses the characters develop at a steady pace. I was inspired by Evie, she was vulnerable but also had a kick-ass attitude when needed. Her attention to detail with her dressmaking is cute. Jackson comes across as a tough business man following in his father’s footsteps in their upmarket jewellery business but I enjoyed getting to know his other side. He was my favourite, able to thrive in the ‘city-speed’ but also relax and contribute to a more leisurely lifestyle with his friends out on their Christmas tree/fruit picking farm. Braydon I could cheerfully have throttled, he was part of the ‘family firm’ but came across as such a slime-ball.

An absolute delight of a book, it gave me a warm glow showing how friendships can develop but it also has some tense moments which kept me reading and guessing even when I had other plans! I think I read the last half in pretty much one sitting I was so desperate to see how it could possibly all wind up. Without a doubt one to curl up with and savour it’s brilliance.

Thanks so much to Helen it was my pleasure to read/review. stars-5-0._V192197110_

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