Review: I'll Take New York by Miranda Dickinson

Title: I'll Take New York by Miranda Dickinson

Published by: Harper Collins UK/ Avon Books UK

RRP: £7.99

Available from: 4th December as an E-Book and Paperback (You can pre-order now)

My Rating: 5/5


Have you ever given up on love?

When her boyfriend lets her down for the last time, Brooklyn bookshop owner Bea James makes a decision – no more. No more men, no more heartbreak, and no more pain.

Psychiatrist Jake Steinmann is making a new start too, leaving his broken marriage behind in San Francisco. From now on there'll just be one love in his life: New York.

At a party where they seem to be the only two singletons, Bea and Jake meet, and decide there’s just one thing for it. They will make a pact: no more relationships.

But the city has other plans . . .


The book begins with Bea waiting with her family for her boyfriend Otis to arrive.... thing is he doesn't show up and like relationships that many of us ladies have found ourselves in at some time, enough is enough. Bea decides to walk away from him and start a year of being single. She's completely off men, and who can blame her when her boyfriend of 5 years lets her down... again... in front of all her family.

Bea decides to throw herself into her business; Hudson River Books in New York- a bookshop she owns and runs with her life long friend Russ. With something to focus on other than her failing love life and men who let her down she' s determined to make a go of it.

At the same time in San Francisco, New Yorker Jake Steinmann has been dished up a not so pleasant meal by his wife... a divorce. He packs up his life and work as a psychiatrist and heads back to home pastures in New York to be near his family, his brother Ed and fiancée Rosie and start again. After ten years of marriage Jake can't believe divorce is what he's facing but on the guidance of family and friends he focuses on moving on.

During a party organised for Ed and Rosie, Bea and Jake meet over the bar and declare to make THE PACT... no more relationships. Over time the meet up and show each other their favourite hot spots in New York - seeing the city through each others eyes as friends. After all, their bon is because of the pact and it really shouldn't be overstepped.... should it?

What I really loved about this book is that it's a tender romance, not one of those wham bam 'I have the hots for you we should be together' and that's it. It details the heartache you endure after ending a relationship without getting to heavy, whilst showing the sweet growth of new friendship.

I would have to say that this is the sweetest 'Fairytale of New York' entwined with love, friendship and hope.

You find yourself rooting for both Jake and Bea and at times your heart is in your mouth as they make some serious life changing decisions.... but are the right ones? If you are looking for a tender romance with a hint of festivity and a promise of new beginnings and happiness, then Ill Take New York is perfect for you.

It's available from 4th December as both e-book and paperback, and you can pre-order now from Amazon, just follow the links at the top of the post that will take you to the relevant pages.

Lots of Love,


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