An English Girl in New York
As the snow starts to fall on Manhattan, PA Dory Mackenzie is a long way from home, far from the comforts and cheer of her cozy family Christmases back in Liverpool.
So when her boss Tyler Alexander offers to pay her pricey ticket home for New Year, Dory just can’t say no… even if she has to pretend to be his girlfriend for the holidays!
Tyler may be hiding the real reason he needs a girlfriend-of-convenience but that’s the least of Dory’s worries when she’s up against the disapproval of his high society mother, and the suspicions of his gorgeous older brother Lucas, the black sheep of the family.
There’s no fooling Lucas, and it’s not just the truth he wants to get closer to… So before the bells have even rung out for Christmas day, Dory finds herself caught up in the Alexander family’s dramas – and sharing more than just a few kisses under the mistletoe!
This is the first book of Sophie’s that I’ve read. It’s a short Christmassy novella and it fit the bill for the perfect pre-Christmas read. Ashamedly, it’s not the only Sophie Pembroke title on my kindle but I’m looking forward to the others all the more now.
The story is all about Dory and her attempt to help her boss out of a sticky family situation in return for a trip home to Liverpool.
Dory is one of those characters who you can connect with straight away. She’s down to earth, seems normal and really just wants to go home for Christmas. She reminded me a bit of Lindsey Kelk’s I Heart series main character Angela Clarke who was always getting herself into something messy.
I took an instant dislike to her boss Tyler because of the way he manipulated Dory into helping him but it did have one bonus – his brother Lucas.
Enter Luke, gorgeous, anti-family gatherings, anti being forced into the family business, anti-feelings Luke. I loved him. Fans of Maggie McGinnis will like Sophie’s hero in this book Dory and Luke have an instant connection in their slight disdain for Tyler and as they spend more time together Dory’s predicament seems harder and harder to get out of.
At first I wasn’t sure where the book was going to go but it became clear quite quickly. I liked knowing, or assuming I knew anyway, where it was going because it built up a sense of anticipation for that moment when all the puzzle pieces fell into place.
I downloaded The Kiss Before Midnight which is about Dory’s sister Molly which I read shortly after this. Although the book is set over Christmas it could be set around any family gather which makes it an ideal read for any time of the year.