Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Book Review - A Miracle at Macy's by Lynn Marie Hulsman - #HarperXmas

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Title: A Miracle at Macy's 
Author: Lynn Marie Hulsman
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 18th October 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

One lost dog. Two lonely hearts. A Manhattan Christmas full of magic.

'Home Alone 2: Lost in New York' meets 'Marley & Me' with the romance of 'When Harry Met Sally'! This is the story of shy homebody Charlotte who loses her beloved pet dog Hudson the week before Christmas. With the help of uptight Englishman Henry, Charlotte goes on a magical treasure hunt around Manhattan to find her furry, four-legged bestie, who she rescued from the trash years before and gave him a place in her home – and her heart.

Spotted in Central Park as one of Santa's Little Helpers, or last seen in the arms of a supermodel in Times Square, Hudson leads Charlotte and Henry on a very merry dance around the Big Apple, where love, (or should that be Christmas?!) actually is all around.

A Miracle at Macy's is the ultimate Christmas story, that will have you believing in the magic of the season. This book just proves that the kindness of strangers exists and that everyone in Manhattan at Christmas will get behind a good cause. 

I did at times find myself thinking would this really happen to this extent, especially the social media campaigns to find poor lost Hudson going viral, just for one dog, and then decided that in keeping with the spirit of the season, and realised I would enjoy it even more just by suspending my disbelief and going with the flow. 

A Miracle at Macy's is uplifting and had me smiling a lot. Charlotte and Henry both show  a lot of character development as the story progresses, as Charlotte turns from shy food blogger to a gorgeous young woman who starts to have more confidence in herself and she learns how to trust again. And Henry goes from workaholic into someone who has a heart. 

Thrown together, Charlotte and Henry have a brilliant time in Manhattan at Christmas time, after Hudson runs off, having been persuaded into having an Elfie! As people claim to have spotted Hudson, they travel all over the city, taking in all sorts of New York Christmas institutions, including a horse and carriage ride in Central Park, amongst others that I don't want to ruin the magic of. 

A Miracle at Macy's has clearly been influenced by a number of films, as you get hints of Miracle on 34th Street, Marley and Me and I'd even say one scene in Elf, could have had an influence on events during the book. All these influences have been blended with Lynn Marie Hulsman's obvious enthusiasm for the season, and love of dogs, New York and Christmas to create a truly special book. 

This is easily one of my most enjoyed Christmas books of the season so far, and its one I could easily imagine being a film, as the writing as so vivid. I am so impressed with the story and the highs and lows it generates, and I can't get over the really great feeling it has left me with. 

Although I don't generally re-read books, I can see this being the sort of book I would re-read each year, and love more and more each time. 

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