25 February 2017
Book Review: New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan
New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.
A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…
Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…"
Sarah Morgan is probably my favourite author at the moment. I adore her writing, her stories and everything about them. This book, which is the fourth in her 'From Manhattan With Love' series, came out earlier this month, and I could not wait to start reading it, and find out more about the story! It doesn't focus on the same characters as the earlier books, but references them, and one does pop up, but it is pretty much a stand-alone book, so it can be enjoyed on its own without having read any of the others.
Molly is a famous agony aunt, although she hides behind her pseudonym after a horrible experience back home in the UK that she has run away from . She's now happily living in New York with her dog Valentine, and the pair are happy with just the two of them. But when she meets Daniel in Central Park while walking their dogs, the pair strike up a new friendship. Molly is reluctant to let anyone in her life, but Daniel is determined to break down her barriers, and allow him to be a part of her life. But nothing in New York is ever plain-sailing...
The characters in this book were great, and simply perfect. I loved Molly from the beginning. She was obviously a damaged person, struggling with a past problem that she isn't willing to divulge to anybody except a couple of really close friends. So when she feels herself start to let some barriers down in front of her new friend Daniel, she gets worried and starts trying to rebuild them, without much success it has to be said! I wanted her to finally trust someone worth trying, and I felt that hopefully Daniel would be that person for her.
Daniel was a fantastic male character, and perfect in pretty much every way, as they always are in Sarah's books! He is a very successful divorce lawyer, owns a gorgeous apartment, and is a good brother to his twin sisters. However, he too had a troubled childhood, and those demons keep coming back to haunt him, hence his success in his career - he wants to save anyone from the hurt he and his family went through. I liked how he almost wanted to rescue Molly from herself, to make her open up, and the way he dealt with her was lovely, he was just such a nice person!
The setting of New York is always going to be a winner for me. I have wonderful memories of this city after 2 amazing holidays there myself, and reading books set there always brings it flooding back to me! You can tell Morgan knows the city inside out as she writes, as you can imagine it vividly in your mind, from the tall skyscrapers, to the view from Daniel's apartment and then to Central Park itself, that haven in the middle of a bustling city. Morgan's descriptions showcase her love for the city, and is the perfect setting for this love story.
Thank goodness there is another book coming later this year in the series, Meet Me in the Hamptons, and I for one can't wait. Sarah Morgan's books are always the highlight of my reading calendar, and she has never disappointed me so far! I found myself racing through the pages of this book from the minute I picked it up, because I just loved it so much, and wanted to find out what was going to happen with Daniel and Molly, and whether or not he would manage to uncover her secret identity! A perfect book, you definitely cannot go wrong if you pick this up!