Isabelle Lafleche worked for six years in New York City as a corporate attorney in a large law firm and on Wall Street. This is her first novel. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.
J'adore New Yorkby Isabelle Lafleche
Offered the chance to transfer to her law firms New York City office, stylish Parisian lawyer Catherine Lambert jumps at the opportunitya fashion devotee with her finger on the pulse of style, she sets her sights on conquering Manhattans high-flying worlds of glamour, law, and love tout de suite. But soon, the non-stop New York minute filled with monster bosses, lecherous clients, and vindictive secretaries begins to take its toll. That is, until one handsome and powerful client begins to change her world for the better
only to throw it all into jeopardy with one surprising request. Perfect for fans of Bridget Joness Diary, The Devil Wears Prada, and Sex in the City, Isabelle Lafleches breakout novel Jadore New York is a rollercoaster of struggle and romance from the city where dreams come true.
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I really liked this book. Having worked as a paralegal, I can relate to the nigthmare of billable hours!
Review by Jen: When BookSparks PR approached me about featuring J'adore New York, I was intrigued. It's not my normal sort of read and I'm not typically drawn to chick-lit but something about this book made me want to read it and not just pass on by. I think what caught my eye was that this story is told from the point of view of a french woman, Catherine, who has transferred to New York to practice law. She is thrown into a cutthroat world of office politics, fashion, society parties and romance. Sounds... fun. While I liked Catherine and her assistant, Rikash, I could have done without most of the other characters in the story. Catherine's co-workers are all insane, her "friends" are all snobs and her romance isn't quite what it seems. I felt so sorry for Catherine and hoped and prayed that i the end something good would happen to her. I wish there were more scenes with Rikash as they were highlights for me. The book was an interesting look into the world of law. Long hours, hard work, backstabbing... makes me thankful I decided not to pursue a career in law (I would have been chewed up and spit out). However, at times the legal jargon got to be too much for me. I found myself starting to skim when the legalese started and had to force myself to stop. But all that said, for a debut novel, Ms Laflèche has created a solid story. Fan of chick-lit might get more out of it than I did.
The cover shows a gorgeous woman with the most stylish pink suit-dress I've ever seen, you know you are in for a style conscious character. And yes, Catherine Lambert loves fashion! It plays an important roll to the plot as well. So you know Catherine finally lands the transfer to New York she has been working so hard to get. She wants to become partner and is determined to work herself to death to get it. Okay not literally, but she works such crazy hours I lose the ability to see what the point it. If lawyers really work like that in the big firms, how very sad for them. She has to keep learning the lesson that she can't trust anyone but a few clothes friends. The competition is beyond fierce, these guys make lions look tame...enough plot you have to read it to learn more. The characters are all well written, the plot is thick. It's a great story. My only criticism is Catherine's voice. She is supposed to be French, but her name is pretty white-bread and the voice used in the story is written in regular American English with well-known french phrases thrown in here and there. I think it should have been written as someone from who had been living in France their entire lives would have spoken. It looks like the author is at least French-Canadian so I was a little surprised by this. (update: after thinking about this I wonder if the editors didn't take change the voice) But after all that I don't regret reading it for a minute. It was a fantastic tale that I couldn't put down. Catherine must learn life lessons, fight for her survival and maybe...just maybe she will find love.