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Book Review

Anita Hughes | A Magical New York Christmas

The Book: 

A Magical New York Christmas by Anita Hughes
Published September 28th 2021 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Date read: December 1, 2021

The Characters: 


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

It’s Christmas week when 26-year-old Sabrina Post knocks on the door of the Vanderbilt suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, ready to accept the ghostwriting position for the memoir of Grayson Westcott—a famous art dealer.

A struggling journalist, Sabrina can’t believe her luck: a paycheck and six nights in her own suite at the Plaza. She feels like Eloise, the heroine from her favorite children’s books. To make the job even more exciting, Grayson recounts how he worked as a butler at the Plaza sixty years ago for none other than the author of the Eloise books, Kay Thompson.

What promises to be a perfect week is complicated when Sabrina meets Ian Wentworth, a handsome British visitor, at the hotel bar. When Ian assumes Sabrina is another wealthy guest at the hotel, she doesn’t correct him —a decision she doesn’t regret after learning that Ian is a member of the British aristocracy. But, things are not what they seem. The truth is: Ian is not a wealthy lord; he’s actually the personal secretary of Lord Spencer Braxton.

As the week unfolds, will Sabrina and Ian learn the truth about one another? life for the better.

The Review: 

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for a gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.

Did you ever read the Eloise books as a child? Or perhaps to your children? If you loved Eloise, then this is the Christmas romance for you.

Our main character Sabrina is ghostwriting the memoir of Grayson Westcott, a famous art dealer. As part of her contract, Grayson pays for her to spend the week at the Plaza hotel. Sabrina feels like a princess, and gets to see what it would be like to be Eloise, whom she adores. As luck would have it, Grayson used to be a butler at the Plaza, including working for Kay Thompson while she was writing the Eloise books. Kay was the one who kicked off his art career.

While working at the Plaza, Sabrina meets Ian. Both parties assume the other can afford to stay at the Plaza by their own merit, and neither corrects the other. Their romance was cute and fun, both trying to step up to what they think is the other’s normal way of life. I loved reading about their NYC adventures.

My favorite parts were Grayson’s recollections of his past with Kay Thompson. She seemed like a fascinating person, and it’s always fun to hear how a famous person found his roots.

There’s an adorable little twist at the very end as well that warmed my heart!
A Magical New York Christmas is a lighthearted holiday romance that you won’t regret adding to your TBR this holiday season.

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