One lost dog. Two lonely hearts. A Manhattan Christmas full of magic.
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.
Full of Christmas magic and spirit, this story of Charlotte, Hudson and Henry is heart warming and a must read for all lovers of Christmas. Vivid characters pepper every scene and they give it vibrancy and realism. The perfect foil for the liberal sprinkling of Christmas magic that interweaves every chapter.
Despite only making sporadic appearances after the initial chapters, Hudson shines as bright as the Christmas star and is a joy, with traits instantly recognisable to anyone who shares their lives with dogs.
Charlotte is almost reclusive but spends her life doing what she loves, blogging and trying out new recipes. As a writer I empathised with her life style.
Henry portrayed as, slightly snobby and unreachable hides a tender heart. Although I found his character slightly stereotypical for an Englishman, in the spirit of this story, he worked just fine.
The plot is full of twists and turns and quite exhausting. The reader experiences a whistle stop tour of festive New York, as Charlotte and Henry track down the elusive Hudson.
The budding romance between Charlotte and Henry is gentle and sweet and compliments the story’s sentiments perfectly.
The setting leaves a lasting impression and is an important vivacious character in its own right. Even though I have never visited New York, reading this story was a sensory delight.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.