AWRW Book Review: I’ll Take New York, by Miranda Dickinson

“Never make a promise you can’t keep.”


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 . . .

The author of the Sunday Times bestselling Take a Look at Me Now, returns to New York with her most heart-warming, romantic story yet.

Paperback, 501 pages
Published December 4th 2014 by Avon
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit, Romance

“Tonight was about her embarking on the next phase of her life – where relationships didn’t cloud the issue and she could be true to herself.”
After her boyfriend of five years humiliates her by standing her up at a restaurant, in front of her entire family, Bea breaks up with him and swears to herself that from now on, it’s all about HER.
Jake’s wife left him, and he has packed up his entire life to move across the country to NYC to begin life anew.

“New life, new outlook, new acquaintances.”

In an attempt to keep his mind off his impending divorce with his soon to be ex-wife, Jake decides to throw his brother and his fiance an engagement party. What he wasn’t counting on… all the couples and their barraging questions about his failed marriage!

“Get ready for me, New York!”

Bea’s brother invites her to a posh, private loft party to get her to get out and meet new people. Turns out, it’s an engagement party full of couples! What was her brother and sister-in-law thinking?! Getting drunk seemed like the perfect option for Bea.

At the party, Jake encounters an inebriated woman who repeats, word for word, the thoughts that had been running through his head all evening. They pinky promise to never get involved in another relationship again.

But fate has other plans for Bea and Jake…

I love this time of year… mostly due to Christmas romances, and I’ll Take New York, by Miranda Dickinson didn’t disappoint! The New York setting added to the magic of the holidays, and budding romance between Bea and Jake.

What makes this Christmas romance unique is that it isn’t just a Christmas romance. It’s actually chick lit, with a romantic twist. It combines what’s best of both worlds!

I’ll Take New York is told from both Bea and Jake’s perspective. Each chapter switches off between characters, which gives the reader a well-rounded impression of both Bea and Jake, and what they are experiencing.  As individuals, they are strong people; Bea is a successful bookstore owner, and Jake is a respected psychiatrist. Unlike most typical romance story lines, Bea is no damsel in distress. The heroine is not in need of being saved by the hero!

Together, they save each other. 🙂

Between the pages of I’ll Take New York is a healthy dosage of drama, friendship, love, new beginnings, and kismet. A tale that will make you smile, and appreciate the holiday season!

Four out of Five Big Apples!

I would like to thank Olivia Wilson, of Light Brigade PR, and Avon Books UK, for asking me to participate in the I’ll Take New York book tour, and for providing me with a paperback copy of this novel! 🙂

Treat yourself this Holiday season and buy yourself a Christmas present! Purchase I’ll Take New York, here!

About The Author:

Miranda Dickinson

Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. Coming from a creative family where stories and songs were always present, it was perhaps inevitable that she would end up adoring words. A songwriter for over 15 years, Miranda has successfully penned over thirty songs, delivering both live and recorded performances in a range of venues across the UK and Europe. Her first solo project album, About Time is due for release this year. To hear her music, visit – and be sure to leave a message if you like it!Miranda began writing in earnest four years ago with her first novel, Coffee at Kowalski’s – a romantic comedy set in New York’s Upper West Side. This was spotted on HarperCollins’ site for unpublished authors, at the end of 2008 and was released by Avon (part of HC) as Fairytale of New York on 12th November 2009. She has also written several short stories, scripts and novel excerpts, many of which are published on Miranda is also a regular contributor for writing a range of local interest articles for the Birmingham area and national film and festival reviews.  –Goodreads Author Bio


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