Blogmas Day 1: Meet Me In Manhattan by Claudia Carroll


Published: 5th November 2015
Pages: 400

On the first day of Blogmas…


In a New York minute, everything can change… You don’t mess with aspiring journalist Holly Johnson! The man she fell for is not all that he seems – because sometimes dating online doesn’t quite go to plan. She’s decided to fly to the Big Apple to surprise him and to get some answers. And if her plan works she’ll also get the scoop of her career… But as she steps out of her yellow taxi and the first snowflakes start to fall, it’s Holly who has the surprise of her life.


Thank you to Avon for kindly sending me a review copy.

Holly has been stood up by a man who she met on the Internet and not to mention, Christmas is on the way. But with the aid of her Wednesday Addams wannabe flat mate Joy and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc; Holly is pointed into the direction of the light. But just like the rest of the female population, she hasn’t given up and continues to make excuses up for Mr No Show. Andy, her date and pilot came across as quite sweet despite not turning up but believe me, he’s got a good enough excuse so why is Holly a little sceptical?

“Which means he was telling the truth then, the whole truth and nothing but.”

With the plot going back in time a couple of weeks for the reader to catch up on the love story of Holly and Andy, their emails on the dating site became very much like You’ve Got Mail (an amazing Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks film by the way!) and I really, really liked that aspect. When her flatmate and best friend Joy informs her that Mr Captain may not be who he claims to be, Holly finds herself on a flight out to Manhattan two days before Christmas. I think she’s lost the plot..

“…because as soon as I get back to work, we’ll be running a story about you and the online antics of idiots just like you.”

It isn’t all doom and gloom though as to Holly’s surprise, she settles in to a New York Christmas quite well with snow games in Central Park, a hidden cocktail venue and a stash full of new, happy memories. Of course, it isn’t The Big Apple without a sprinkling of unexpected romance but as Holly’s time draws to an end, the online dating drama really hypes up and oh my, it’s good!! The ending of the festive read was seriously sweet and everything you could have asked for. Claudia’s writing is highly enjoyable and her story telling is superb – definitely an author YOU need to check out this Christmas.

“Sometimes family is just more important than any story, any job or any gig. Sometimes, at the end of the day, family is all we really have.”

Twitter: @carrollclaudia