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.
Miranda has returned with another fun and heartwarming book, this time the story is set in the bustling cosmopolitan city of New York and follows the lives of English born Bea and American psychiatrist Jake Steinmann.
The story starts as Bea’s boyfriend Otis, lets her down for the last time at a family party and decides to call time on their relationship. She decides to concentrate and focus her time on her successful bookshop which is busy with on the run up to Christmas. She begins to enjoy nights out as a singleton and tries to stay away from good intending friends who try to set her up with friends until one night at an engagement party she runs into Jake. Like her, he has just come out of a marriage and is in the process of a messy divorce. Together the two of them come to a mutual understanding that relationships aren’t for them and create ‘The Pact’ which means that they will stay away from relationships and instead become firm friends. But things become a but messy for the two new friends when they start to have feelings for each other, especially when their exes reappear in their lives.
Just like all of Miranda’s previous books, I really enjoyed this story and like Bea found myself having a title crush on Jake, with his handsome looks and charming manner, Bea herself was lovely, having given up on love, she has come to the resolution that love isn’t for her and looks forward to a life alone. She was a bit of an idol for me, as I always dreamt of owning a bookstore, so I fulfilled my dream through this book and boy did I enjoy it! She finds solace in her grandmother’s letters from home, as they communicate back and forth sharing tales of broken hearts and confiding in each other. I thought this element of the story was very very sweet as her grandmother would send her a book and with a line underlined but would suit the content of the letter. Another element of the story that I really enjoyed was all the tourist attractions that Bea and Jake went to in the city. Having never been to New York, I found the book a really useful guide to places to check out when I visit. Helpful, informative and fun.
The story is a fun and romantic one, each chapter is seen through the eyes of Bea and Jake and the chapters are very short and snappy and very easy to get absorbed in. All the characters are lovely, although I did find Russ, Bea’s business partner a bit intense and her ex boyfriend Otis was extremely flakey. The story is also a bit of a sequel as it features Ed and Rosie from Miranda’s previous book ‘Fairytale Of New York’ and shows how far the couple have travelled since the book. But one thing I truly adored was the inclusion of a little girl called Bronagh, who wanted her birthday to be in the bookstore. On the lead up to the release of ‘I’ll Take New York’ Miranda told me that this little girl was based on me, after we had a Twitter conversation so I was so excited and proud to see my fabulous birthday in print!
A charming and beautifully written story set against the snowy backdrop of New York and presented with a very pretty cover. ‘I’ll Take New York’ is an enchanting story about new friendship, books and that it’s never too late for love to appear.
You can buy I’ll Take New York and is available to buy from good bookshops.