Blog Tour – Sunset in Central Park by Sarah Morgan

I loved the first book in this series, and was so over the moon to be given the chance to be part of this blog tour, so thank you so much Cara at Mira/Harlequin. Check out the poster at the bottom to check out the other fantastic bloggers posts!

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Synopsis

True love can be hard to find. Even when it’s been right under your nose all along…
 
After witnessing the fallout of her parent’s divorce, love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Cole. The only man in her life is her friend Matt–but that’s strictly platonic. If only she found it easier to ignore the way he makes her heart race…
 
Matt Walker has loved Frankie for years but, has always played it cool. Until he uncovers new depths to the girl he’s known forever, and doesn’t want to wait a moment longer.
 
Matt knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can he persuade her to kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?

Review

As per the first book in this series ‘Sleepless in Manhattan’ (now known as ‘Sleepless’), this cover is incredibly beautiful. I have to admit as much as I adore the cover of ‘Sleepless’, this one edges it for my favourite, for one special reason. That reason being it stars a bridge which is very similar to one in Central park which is set to be my wedding ceremony venue. I’ve added a picture of it so you can all awe in it’s beauty (or not). Anyway, obviously this holds a special place in my heart, so obviously this cover wins, even if it is less pink.
 
After reading ‘Sleepless’ earlier this year, I was eagerly awaiting the follow up books and we are treated with the second book less than 6 months later, so I was hoping for another wonderful treat from Sarah Morgan. New York is spectacularly described, which I wouldn’t expect any less after reading ‘’Sleepless’. It adds to my own memories and emotions I connect with my favourite place on Earth. I also loved the section focused on where they grew up, Puffin Island. I’ve not read any of Sarah’s books that are based there but this was a charming introduction and I really want to read those books soon to get to know it better.
 
‘Sunset in Central Park’ focuses on Frankie and her life. We quickly understand that she is very guarded, she hates weddings because all relationships are doomed to failure. For Frankie it’s a case of relationships ‘will’ end, not a ‘might’. ‘As long as we both shall live’ is merely a fairytale constructed by the romantics in life. I found this incredibly sad, and in a few moments frustrating.
 
I know Frankie was hurt by her past, especially her parents relationship, it clearly affected her a great deal so therefore closed herself off to people and was pessimistic about all things love. It was just so sad to see someone so despondent about love.
 
The frustration comes in when she denies her growing feelings for Matt. You could tell he was a great guy even in the first book, this book just expands that warm feeling. He’s sensitive, kind and caring. You can tell that if he was in a relationship he was completely focused and committed and wouldn’t mess around or hurt you. This time with Frankie it wasn’t Matt she thought would doom the relationship, it was Frankie herself that would mess things up, and being a tad bit stubborn, she refused to believe otherwise. I realise it was due to her past issues. Matt dealt with this wonderfully, he took charge, and changed pace when needed, he was very sweet.
 
It was also great seeing her friends help her especially Eva. The scene where Frankie helps Eva after realising Eva had been crying was beautiful, they are polar opposites when it comes to romance, but seeing their strong friendship bond really help each other was a wonderful thing to read.
 
Once again we are treated to a great story that is wonderfully romantic, gives you smiles and warm fuzzy feelings, and since we get to know Eva a little better leave me asking for more, meaning book #3 is on my highly anticipated releases – is next month in time for my birthday too soon?
 
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Published by: Mira
Gratefully received from the Publisher for review
Released 14th July 2016
 
View Book on Goodreads
Order on: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Book Depository
 
SarahMorganAuthor bio:
Sarah Morgan writes warm contemporary women’s fiction with her trademark humour which has gained her fans across the globe. Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on holiday so she can forget the house needs tidying. You can visit Sarah online at www.sarahmorgan.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorSarahMorgan and on Twitter @SarahMorgan_
 
 
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Sleepless In Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

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What if the person who broke your heart, is the only one who can help you find your future?
 
What if the person who broke your heart, is the only one who can help you find your future?
 
Great friends. Amazing Apartment. An incredible job. Paige has ticked off every box on perfect New York life checklist. Until disaster strikes and instead of shimming further up the career ladder, Paige is packing up her desk.
 
Her brother’s best friend Jake might be the only person who can help her put her life back together. He also happens to be the boy she spent her teen years pining after, and Paige is determined not repeat her past mistakes. But the more time she spends with Jake, the more Paige realises the one thing that was missing from her world all along. The perfect New York love story…

Review

I’ve never read any of Sarah Morgan’s books before, which is amazing considering the genre I love and Sarah having wrote over 70 books. However I have heard great things about the ‘Puffin Island’ trilogy among others so when I saw her new book was set in New York (which if I haven’t been clear, I LOVE NEW YORK), it was only fitting that this should be the first book of Sarah’s I try.
I certainly could tell from the first few chapters, that I had been missing out. This book is an extreme pleasure to read. The book grabs you and embroil you in the city life, both when they are in Manhattan, but especially when they are on their rooftop garden in Brooklyn, relaxing with views to die for.
All three girls are all individual but have a great connection to both each other and to the reader. Sarah has a talent of just making you instantly feel like you’re one of the gang. This book focuses on Paige, fiercely independent, but sensitive at the same time. You also got the occasional chapter with the viewpoint of Jake, the hero of this story.
You instantly feel the chemistry between Paige and Jake, and while I loved them both, at times it was frustrating to hear Jake’s point of view when he was denying his blatant feelings for her, half because Paige was his best friend, Matt’s sister and he’d promised Matt not to, but while it may be weird at first, it’s not really that crazy and half because he doesn’t trust himself not to hurt her, which I found a little bit predictable, but not enough to put me off this book at all. I know I’ve said it before, but once again this couple are one that obviously were meant for each other and I found myself wanting to bang their heads together and make them see sense! That said the book would be pretty short if they realised it straight away and we’d miss out on all the fun in between.
Paige, as I said is independent, but with the help of Jake and her friends she took that independence and doesn’t let losing her job stand in her way to succeed. She sounded like the person everyone aims to be in her organisation skills.
Jake is the handsome and incredibly charming CEO of a software company, so he is smart and a good match for Paige. Despite being scared to get into a proper relationship, especially with someone he clearly likes, he seems like the perfect gentleman. Sensitive, charming and gets along with your best friends.
I loved the little sub-plot with Matilda, she was adorably cute and I hope she pops up again in the other books in the series.
This book was a great book to start with Sarah Morgan’s collection. Romance, friendships, laughs and emotion, this book had it all.
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Published by: Mira
Gratefully received from the Publisher for review
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One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot

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The temperature is dropping, snow is on its way and Hayley Walker is heading for New York with one wish… to start over.
 
With her daughter Angel, Hayley is ready for adventure. But there’s more to New York than twinkly lights and breathtaking skyscrapers. Angel has her own Christmas wish – to find her real dad.
 
While Hayley tries to fulfil 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.
 
Can Hayley dare to think her own dreams might come true – 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 realise life isn’t just about filling the minutes… it’s about making every moment count.

Why I Love…New York

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I think I am literally the living, breathing version of the famous ‘I love New York’ campaign, made most famous by the I Heart NY logo. There is no place I’ve visited that I love more. Not even Disneyworld, which is the obvious choice if you know me. I first visited NY in October 2000 with my school’s Art trip. My first flight ever was 3 hours delayed, but eventually we got there and to our room at about midnight (so 5am UK time!!), after some sleep, I woke up and fell in love. This trip was amazing, and I must have gone on and on about how wonderful it was, as my mum and I visited very soon after in February 2001. While October was warm enough to just wear a Jumper, February was cold, and on the last full day there it started snowing, which was simply a magical end to the trip.

After that, other than planning dream vacations online, flying first class and staying at The Plaza, I didn’t visit New York again (which I realise I am incredibly lucky to have been there multiple times) till February 2010 with my Fiancé, Simon. It was our first holiday outside of Europe, and I couldn’t have been more excited to show him my favourite place on earth. We got the train into Manhattan, and threw our bags in the hotel room, barely stepping foot in it, so we could get the most of our time there. We visited all the landmarks, wandered around central Park in the sunny but chilly weather, with small patches of snow around us. It was just perfect, Simon even let me go to the Engagement Ring floor in Tiffany’s and naturally I zoned onto the only pink diamond in the room. Bit out of our budget at $400,000 (excluding tax), but can you blame me for dreaming ;). On the last day we visited the Museum of Modern Art and saw an exhibit from Tim Burton, featuring models from Nightmare before Christmas, Concept artwork, even a picture book he wrote as a child, it was fascinating!

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2013 was an unexpected trip to New York. A school friend of Simon’s who now lives in America was getting married and we were invited to the ceremony in Amherst, Massachusetts which is a couple of hours drive away from NY, so Simon and I decided to stay in NY for 3 days, drive to Amherst for the wedding and celebrations then head back to NY to catch our flight. Quickly arranged but even though we didn’t get to do much compared to the previous trips, this might just be my favourite one. I FINALLY got to go up the Empire State Building at night (something we planned to do in 2010 but never managed it – long story). We were a little tipsy after an amazing meal at our favourite steakhouse (evidence provided with the photos below) and it was an unplanned trip up there, so I didn’t have my camera, but, actually, I wouldn’t change it for the world, blurry iPhone photos and all. Simon and I have such fond memories of this trip. I could go on for days about it.

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New York is just beyond special. Central Park is beautiful, and beyond the trees, you can see the city that lays past its boundaries, it would be the perfect place to just sit and read all day in the summer. The shopping is obviously fantastic, but I just love wandering down the avenues and streets and looking at the architecture. I love the bustling and the busyness that embodies New York. Every time I visit places I’ve visited before while there, there is always something new that I notice. It’s just perfection for me, and given a choice, there is no place on Earth I would rather be and there will be more to look forward to, as Simon proposed to me recently, and what better place to get married than New York?

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Recommended Reading:

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I Heart…New York by Lindsey Kelk
The Charm Bracelet by Melissa Hill
Shopaholic Abroad by Sophie Kinsella

 

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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? by Claudia Carroll
Fix You by Carrie Elks
From Notting Hill To New York…Actually by Ali Mcnamara