One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggotby Mandy Baggot

ebook, paperback 358 pages
Published October 2nd 2015 by Bookoutoure
4.0 Stars
My Review: Hayley has had a tough life. She got pregnant at 18 from a one night stand in New York and had to give up her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Her father died recently and her mother blames her for causing it. Her mother has not been very nice to her and she recently quit her job because her boss was a “little too handsy”. The best thing in her life is her nine year old daughter Angel. This story has her visiting her brother in New York for the Christmas holidays. She has other reasons for this trip besides a visit. She is hoping to find a job in New York that will be more in line with what she wants to do in her life as well as trying to find Angel’s father to fulfill the wish she overheard her making. With just a name and a 10 year old picture, is this an impossible task?

I love the interactions between Hayley and Angel. It’s great to read a mother and daughter bond as Mandy has written them. The two of them together are funny, and real people. Angel is precocious and she and her mother have some pretty funny conversations. Angel adds a lot of the humour to the story with her antics and comments. She is a nine year old going on 40. Hayley has very little self-confidence and often puts herself down without even realizing it. Her brother Dean, his partner Vern and the dog Randy also add humour to the story. Dean supports Hayley in whatever she does and tries to convince her that she is a great person with a lot of skills. Oliver Drummond brings some romance to the book. He’s a great character and his own story adds another dimension to the overall story. He is a bit of a womanizer, a bit of a worrier, has family issues, he’s anxious suffering panic attacks and a bit of a hypochondriac but the story has to have conflict and this definitely added some. He’s a character you’ll love to hate, or hate to love. The conversations between Oliver and Hayley will have you smiling if not laughing out loud.

Overall this is a sweet story surrounding a mother/daughter bond while throwing in Hayley and Oliver’s personal conflicts as well. The setting couldn’t be more fabulous, who doesn’t want to visit New York City during Christmas. Reading this book while watching the snow fall outside just added to the romantic story. The author writes the scenes beautifully and I felt like I was in New York experiencing the various sites. While I really enjoyed the story, parts of it were a bit slow for me and that is why I only rated it a four. I will definitely look for more books by Mandy Baggot. I recommend this holiday read to those who enjoy a romance/humorous/family story.

Synopsis: It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to fall in love

The temperature is dropping, snow is on its way and Hayley Walker is heading for New York with one wish on her mind…to start over.

With her nine year-old daughter Angel, Hayley is ready for an adventure. From hot chocolates and horse-drawn carriage rides in Central Park, to ice-skating at the Rockefeller Centre, and Christmas shopping on 5th Avenue – they soon fall in love with the city that never sleeps.

But there’s more to New York than the bright twinkly lights and breathtaking skyscrapers. Angel has a Christmas wish of her own – to find her real dad.

While Hayley tries to fufil her daughter’s wish, she crosses paths with Billionaire Oliver Drummond. Restless and bored with fast living, there’s something intriguing about him that has Hayley hooked.

Determined to make her daughter’s dream come true, can Hayley dare to think her own dreams might turn into reality – could A New York Christmas turn into a New York Forever?

Travel to the Big Apple this Christmas and join Hayley and Oliver as they both realise that life isn’t just about filling the minutes…it’s about making every moment count.