'Full of heart and hope' Heidi Swain.
Has she already met The One? What if Mr Right had come along at the wrong time...?
Evie Grant is forty-five years old, a widow, and single mum of two children about to leave the nest. Suddenly alone in the family home, Evie realizes she hates her job, hardly goes out and hasn't had a date since who knows when...
So it feels like fate when the opportunity arises for a girls trip to New York City. Staying with her sister on the Upper East Side, Evie is enchanted by a snow-covered city consumed by preparing for Christmas.
Bobble hat firmly on, Evie is walking through the city one day when she bumps into Daniel Roberts, Hollywood heartthrob and one-time boyfriend of hers.
It's now or never for Evie – but she open her heart to the possibility of a new beginnings and true happiness once again...?
Funny, real and wonderfully romantic, this is the perfect feel-good read to keep you warm this winter!
Praise for Jane Lacey-Crane:
'A beautifully written, emotional tale that will have you captivated from the off!' Rach.
'A story which made me feel all fuzzy inside and smiley on the outside from the first page right up until the end' SC.
'Fantastic read, good storyline, great twists and flowed well ... My only complaint is that i got no housework done today as i couldn't put my kindle down!'
'An outstanding debut from a writer we're sure to hear more from! By turns funny, and heart-wrenching, it rarely takes anything for granted, and it gives us some laugh-out-loud moments too!' Mycroft.
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About the Author
Born in London, Jane's writing career began in cable TV, writing true crime documentaries. More recently, Jane has contributed to an anthology of short stories and written two weekly crime serials. When she's not writing, Jane loves to read good books, binge watch TV boxsets and drink tea. And wine.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Evie is forty-five, working in a job she hates for a woman she can’t stand, her two children are away at university and she’s still talking (in her head) with her husband, Tom. Some days are better than others, and some days she’d rather hide under her covers and let the world go by without her. But, thanks to her best friend Rachel, her younger sister Kate and the courage to work with a therapist, while the dark days come, she understands that they can be overcome, and most of her life is spent overcoming one thing or another (most simply just embarrassing or momentarily agonizing) and with her sharp wit and increasingly vocal honesty she takes steps to answer some two decade-old questions and discover things about herself long-forgotten. A last minute trip to New York after seeing an article that mentions Rachel and Evie’s best friend from sixth-form college, Olivia, who disappeared in New York without a trace after leaving their little group at the bar for their hotel. Newspapers and worry, not to mention her odious boyfriend throwing mud, the two left the city years ago, and neither had been back. Now with free time due to her rather ‘messy’ resignation and Rachel pushing for them to ‘run away’ for a week to get answers’, she’s off to New York planning to stay in her sister’s apartment. With Rachel’s marriage issues, Evie running into an old boyfriend from school, her befriending a diner waitress, and extending her stay in New York – Evie is discovering her old self, learning to not always run away from emotions or conflict, and with both of her children settled she’s returning to England and into London to find something that sparks her joy. With a reunited pair of childhood sweethearts, some marvelously romantic moments, a solid character in Evie with her matter-of-fact approach to managing each day with depression, and her truly clever sense of humor, her supportive relationships with friends and family and her determination to make a life that can be happy, the story was entertaining, laugh out loud funny, and even swoony as Evie navigates her life and allows us all to follow along. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
This was a very enjoyable story about a couple of friends re-visiting New York just before Christmas. Evie is the main character. She has been widowed a long time and has two grown children who are now at university. Then she reads in the news about the discovery of bodies in a cabin in the US, one of whom could be of a friend who went missing years ago. When Evie, Rachel and Olivia were young and at university they had a holiday to New York, but Olivia went missing after leaving a club on her own and her body was never found. The other girls came back to the UK and went on with their lives, now years later the mystery may be solved. So Evie and Rachel head back to New York, to find out about Olivia, but also to have a break as they both need to get away for different reasons. When Evie and Rachel got to New York to stay with Kate, Rachel's high-flying sister, everything was going well and they were enjoying themselves. But then we find out Rachel's ulterior motive for getting away, and she soon goes back to the UK to try and sort things out. Evie stays on regardless and wanders around New York visiting the sights on her own and enjoying herself. Then she bumps into an old flame, now a big actor, and they start getting to know one another again. But the press intrudes into their lives, well Evie's as the new 'love interest' and cause lots of issues. But... the story does pick up a year later and there is a lovely ending! I really enjoyed the story and characters in this book, but the missing Olivia was a bit of an odd plot to throw into a more light romantic story, I really didn't understand why it was there as it fizzled out anyway - unless of course there's going to be more in a series of books and we find out what happened to her. Apart from that a very enjoyable story and I for one would love to find out more about other characters in another book.
I love the story of Evie -- a 45-year-old widowed, single mom of two young adults. Tired of her unappreciative boss and a job she hates, she quits and heads to New York City with her friend Rachel for a girls weekend-away. Evie is haunted by an event that happened 20 years ago, when she and Rachel visited NYC as young adults with their friend Olivia. Olivia walked out of the nightclub they were at and disappeared, never to be heard from again. Evie hopes that by heading back to NY, she will be able to put the mystery to rest. While in NYC, she bumps into a famous actor named Daniel Roberts. But he's not just a Hollywood heart-throb; he was once her boyfriend, years before she met her husband Tom. The attraction is still there, but Evie fights with doubts on whether a relationship with Daniel could work, since they live not only on different continents (he in the U.S., she in the U.K.), but also completely different lifestyles. She doesn't want the fame and notoriety that comes with being a celebrity. I especially liked the setting of the book -- a snow covered NYC at Christmas time. I loved the heroine -- a mature woman who is at a crossroads in her life and know she wants to make changes, but isn't sure how to do it. I didn't care much for the subplot involving Olivia; it didn't seem to get resolved in the book. But I loved the re-kindled romance with an old boyfriend--especially exciting since the old boyfriend is a famous actor. This is a great read for someone who wants to read a romance that's a bit different from the usual love story. It delves deeper into the doubts and misconceptions an older (40 plus) woman would have about her life and her ability to find love and romance again.