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Christmas in NYC
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2021
If you like light romance with unrealistic characters and just want to enjoy the Christmas season this might be the book for you. Sabina Post is 26, the daughter of college professors, and is trying to make it as a writer. She is hired to be the ghost writer for a memoir of Grayson Westcott, a wealthy international art dealer. For seven days she gets a suite at the Plaza Hotel in NYC to be able to meet daily with Grayson to hear his life details. On the first night she meets a handsome Englishman that she believes is British peer, Lord Spencer Braxton. He isn't. He is Braxton's personal secretary. So in addition to Sabina's romance we get the flash back story of Grayson's time as a butler at the Plaza, his friend ship with Kay Thompson (the author of Eloise) and a possible romance.
This is one of those books that you know is magically going to come together but there were a few things I didn't like. The author continually name drops. For example Lord Braxton gets invites to Christmas and tea with various royal family members. Westcott mentions selling paintings to Miley Cyrus and other celebrities. It seems over the top. I actually enjoyed getting Kay Thompson's story, some of which I knew and other parts that matched info I learned on Wikipedia. I strongly disliked how long Ian lies about who he is when he knows that she believes him to be a Lord. They spend a lot of time together dining, walking, skating when he could have come clean. And she forgives him too easily. I also found the real Lord and his various romantic escapades more annoying than funny or charming.
I enjoyed the story but it had too many negatives for me to rate it higher. The book is clean for language and steaminess. It could almost be a Hallmark Holiday Movie. Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review.