RELEASED: November 15, 2018
PUBLISHER: Ebury Publishing
GENRE: Romance, Chick Lit
GOODREADS RATING: 4.73
Lara Weeks is heading to New York with best friend Susie for the Christmas trip of a lifetime.
A festive break in the snowy Big Apple visiting the tourist hotspots, not to mention the shopping, seems like the perfect way for Lara to get over her ex-boyfriend. Or maybe make him so jealous he begs for a second chance.
Enlisting the help of gorgeous actor, Seth Hunt, doesn’t quite go to plan, but there’s something about him that has Lara wishing for a different kind of happy ever after…
I realize I already posted today but I could hardly not post my weekly reading update, even though it was a day late, right? So if you’ve missed it, definitely go and check out my WWW Wednesday-post! And then head back here to check out my review on One New York Christmas, haha. In the meantime, I’ll be out shopping for furniture and hopefully find the reading sofa and TBR cart I so desperately need in my own library room.
There’s a very simple explanation for why I decided to request and read this book, being how the synopsis on Goodreads says “If you love Josie Silver’s One Day In December, you’ll love this one“. If you don’t remember my review on that book, simply click here and refresh your memory. Long story short: I absolutely loved it. But did I love this one as much?
If I have to be absolutely honest with myself, the answer to that question is no. I liked One New York Christmas tons, but I didn’t get the unique vibe One Day in December gave me and that’s absolutely okay! There will never be two books that have the exact same impact on a person and I don’t expected it either.
But was it good? Yes, it definitely was! I loved the characters Baggot created. From heart-broken, but adventurous Lara to struggling Seth, to shopping-addicted Susie and caring Kossy. I loved them all. They all felt unique and actually added to the story in their own ways which was a beautiful thing to see.
Baggot’s writing? Yes, please! If there’s one thing I pretty much demand when reading chick lits, it’s a writing style that draws me in and makes me forget how much I’m reading in a short period of time. I flew through this book, finished it in no time and was ready for more. That’s what a book like this one is supposed to do, right?
As for the story.. Sure, I could see things coming a mile off but there are such fun events and encounters that made it all worthwhile! The situations Lara got herself into are funny and lightened the entire novel.
But there’s one thing I didn’t really like. I already had a bit of an issue with it while reading, but afterwards it got worse. While our two main characters, Lara and Seth, feel pretty fleshed out.. That isn’t the case for the side characters. I feel like their relationships and friendships are pushed to the back a bit too much. I wish I knew more about Susie and David, about Lara’s brother Aldo and.. maybe even some more about Seth’s parents. I really think having that would’ve added so much to this novel for me.
That isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy reading it, because I most definitely did! It wasn’t a five cupcake book, but still a very enjoyable read if you feel like cozying up for the festive season.
Are you, like me, one of those people who pick up more and more romance once Christmas is nearing? Or do you venture in other genres more?
What’s the best Christmas-y book you’ve read so far?
On a total different note: What color would you pick for the three remaining walls if you painted one wall in blue? I’m struggling!