Friday, 4 December 2015
A Miracle at Macy's - Lynn Marie Hulsman
One lost dog. Two lonely hearts. A Manhattan Christmas full of magic.
Shy homebody Charlotte is planning her usual quiet Christmas celebration: Turkey for two for her and her beloved pet dog Hudson. Only, this year, little Hudson decides to take matters into his own paws and give his favourite human a holiday adventure she’ll never forget.
When Hudson runs away the week before Christmas, Charlotte is devastated. She’d rescued him from the trash years before and gave him a place in her home – and her heart. But with the help of uptight Englishman Henry, Charlotte ends up on a magical treasure hunt around Manhattan to find her furry, four-legged bestie.
Spotted in Central Park as one of Santa's Little Helpers, or last seen in the arms of a supermodel in Times Square, Hudson leads Charlotte and Henry on a very merry dance around the Big Apple, where love, (or should that be Christmas?!) actually is all around.
As soon as I saw the cover for A Miracle at Macy's I knew I had to read it. Christmas, New York, a cute as a button puppy - it looked like the perfect Christmas read.
Once I started reading, I knew I'd enjoy the story. I immediately warmed to Charlotte, the quiet protagonist, and fell head over heels in love with her mischievous pup Hudson. His personality shone through as much as that of any of the human characters and made me care about the major plotline - finding Hudson when he goes missing just before Christmas.
What followed was a madcap campaign to reunite Charlotte and Hudson, made all the more high profile by Charlotte's event organiser aunt Miranda gaining celebrity supporters and designating the gorgeous Henry to keep the search in the limelight. The New York backdrop was a perfect winter setting and Hulsman showcases what the city has to offer throughout the novel. Her first hand experience of the city over the holidays is evident and had me longing to be there!
There was so much tension between Charlotte and Henry, I loved how their relationship sizzled! It was an old fashioned romance with a new twist. There need to be more nice guys like Henry in romantic fiction!
Humorous, touching and oh-so festive, A Miracle at Macy's is a feel-good read to banish the winter blues.
A Miracle at Macy's is out now in ebook format and paperback on December 17th, published by Harper Impulse.
With thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.