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Book Review: New York Valentine by Carmen Reid

Personal shopper Annie Valentine has a dream job in the heart of fabulous Manhattan. Daughter Lana is lost in the heat of first love, but has she fallen for a heart-breaker?
In London, husband Ed faces a scandal at work and knows in his heart, he needs Annie back.
What's a girl to do when her true love is in London but her new love is New York?
Annie Valentine is in a bit of a mess when we first meet her, she is a super busy mum of four and her fashion TV career is in jeopardy. When the offer comes for Annie to work in New York for a few weeks with her eldest daughter Lana, she jumps at the chance of getting away from it all.
Annie and Lana completely fall in love with New York; they are there to help set up a new fashion label, so they are soon thrown in to the glamorous world of Fifth Avenue and cocktails at lunchtime. However all is not well in London, Anna's husband Ed is facing accusations at work and needs his wife's support more than ever. But Anna is torn, she doesn't want to be apart from her family but she does not want to leave New York either.
I really didn't take to the character of Annie Valentine until the very end of the book. I felt that she was really selfish bu dropping everything including four members of her family so she could go to New York. However, I did enjoy reading about the relationship that develops between Annie and her daughter Lana while they are away.
One of my favourite parts of this book were the descriptions of New York; Carmen Reid describes the exciting and vibrant city so well that it becomes easy to understand why Annie is so in love with it.
New York Valentine is a bit different to most chick lit; it isn't about a single woman searching for love but more about family and the important role it plays in our lives. Carmen Reid has written three other books about Annie Valentine so I may give some of them a go as maybe I would take to the character a little more.

Many thanks to Transworld for sending me this book to review, it is out now!

1 comment:

Shan said...

I just finished the third Annie Valentine book and I'm loving the series. New York Valentine is the fifth book in the series, so I can see why you may not like the character as much if you don't start reading from the beginning of the series. You should give the first book a try and see if you feel any different.

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