Hey there Friends! I hope all is well with you and that you are in full fall mode at this point. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel of finishing my second ever book series! What is even LIFE!? I never would’ve thought I’d ever say that, but here I am, closing in on yet another series coming to a close, and that series is the From Manhattan With Love series by Sarah Morgan.
New York, Actually is book four in the series and follows Molly, New York City’s most famous advice columnist. Molly is an expert at relationships as long as they are other people’s. Molly has this belief that she is bad at relationships. She really believes that she doesn’t have feelings in a way. Molly meets Daniel, a divorce lawyer who is hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea, in Central Park.
Both Molly and Daniel believe they have everything about love and relationships figured out. The two try and fail to resist their chemistry and soon discover they both may have a lot left to learn.
I thought New York, Actually was really cute and a fun story but it wasn’t a favorite of mine from this series. It is hard to pinpoint what it was exactly, but there was something about Molly I just didn’t like.
I actually found myself preferring the scenes from Daniel’s perspective. I thought him borrowing a dog to have an excuse to chat with her in the beginning was really cute.
I loved how on the exterior, Molly and Daniel are very much different but when you get down to it, are so much alike. I felt Sarah Morgan wrote them very well. Both were very flushed out and super complex. Molly is this relationship advice columnist everyone turns to, yet she stays away from the exact thing that she helps people with everyday. While Daniel is this divorce lawyer whose job is to help relationships come to an end. I liked Daniel. He saw how hard his Dad made it for his Mom to get out of their relationship, so although a divorce lawyer, I felt he had really good intentions.
I am finding that I do enjoy the plot line of two people trying to deny and resist their feelings for each other. I enjoyed the push and pull, back and forth we experience between Molly and Daniel and I loved when they finally got their crap together and just went for it. My only downfall with this story was Molly. There was something about her I wasn’t a big fan of.
I immediately jumped into Holiday in the Hamptons which follows one of Daniel’s from New York, Actually sisters, Felicity.
Felicity is a professional dog walker who loves New York City. That is, until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. Felicity and Seth haven’t seen each other in ten years, but one glimpse at him and her heart hurts as though their whirlwind marriage only recently ended. So when her grandmother in the Hamptons needs help for the summer, Felicity feels this is the perfect excuse to escape her past.
Seth knows Felicity. He knows that when she flees New York City it’s because she still feels their connection and that it frightens her. Seth let her go once before, but he’s determined to not let it happen again. He wants her to see that he never stopped loving her.
Reading Holiday in the Hamptons, reminded me a lot of Sunset in Central Park, mostly because Felicity reminded me so much of Frankie from that book. She is tough, stubborn, content with the way she has built her life and guards her heart and doesn’t want to let that guard down.
I felt like Sarah Morgan really stepped it up a bit in the way she crafted the back story to Felicity and Seth. They fell in love fast, got married and it was all over in the blink of an eye. All the while, Felicity, because of the way she was raised, never felt she was good enough for Seth.
I adored the relationship between these two. I loved that Seth really knew Felicity yet at the same time, there was so much he didn’t. Especially Felicity, she had so much baggage from the past that she needed to get over. There was quite a bit she was holding onto that prevented her from truly moving on with her life. I found it absolutely romantic that Seth never stopped loving her and even though she could be an absolute mess, he was this constant, solid person in her life that would let her be her mess, and loved her anyway. I really liked this one.
So, Friends, those are my thoughts on these two reads. I am currently making my way through the last book in the series and am loving it, while also being sad that it is indeed the last one.
Chat with you soon. xoxo