Title: A New York Love Story
Author: Cassie Rocca
Pages: 177 Pages
A charming Christmas romance for fans of Meg Cabbot.
Will the magic of Christmas be enough to light a spark?
Giving a present is not always easy. Clover O’Brian knows that only too well: her job consists of helping people in the arduous task of choosing unusual gifts. Christmas is coming, New York is buzzing, and Clover, who has always loved the festive period, savours the atmosphere.
Cade Harrison already has everything in life. A Hollywood actor, he is handsome, rich, famous and popular. Success, however, has its downsides; having just emerged from a disastrous relationship with an actress, he feels a need to hide away in an area unfrequented by stars, in an apartment lent him by a friend, far from prying eyes – especially those of tabloid reporters. But as chance will have it, the apartment in question is right opposite the one occupied by Clover, who until now has seen Hollywood actors only on the big screen. Two quite different lives meet by chance, at the most exhilarating time of year…
When I started A New York Love Story I was convinced I was going to be reading a trivial little story; just another Christmas book that are a dime a dozen. I was so, so wrong.
A New York Love Story can be taken in two ways. Firstly, a book that leaves you so warm and fuzzy that you immediately start searching the internet for cheap flights to New York. However, there is another serious side to it; several, in fact.
The first serious issue being that our obsession with celebrity culture is actually very intrusive and damaging. We follow the bourgeoning relationship of Clover and Cade. This Cinderella story sees a normal girl try to have a relationship with a celebrity but the intrusion of the media complicates things. Besides having to handle the usual pangs of a new relationship Cassie and Cade have an extra dimension of drama to deal with.
It also deals with family issues. About strained relationships with parents and siblings and whilst Rocca does not force resolution upon her readers she does emphasise the point that your family is who you make it. You can choose your friends but you cannot choose your family. Even without resolution you get the feeling that things end up good for our heroine.
A New York Love Story was a joy to read. I loved the multi-perspective storytelling, I loved the characters and I loved the feeling I had when I turned the last page. This is definitely a winning novel for me from Cassie Rocca.
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