The novel explores the theme of identity. It is important to be who we were created to be. No pretence. Just being ‘real’ and enjoying the simple things in life. “She had never lost her childish excitement.” Christmas can bring out the child in us all. It is a magical time for hopes and dreams.
Christmas has romantic connotations – the lights, the snow, the ethereal quality where it feels like anything could happen. Cassie Rocca has perfectly captured the mood and the romance with her comprehensive descriptions. The reader can ‘see’ and ‘feel’ the festive atmosphere.
The novel warns about the love of money, fame and falsehood. Where outward appearances matter more than anything. Where the value of kindness is diminished and no one is really happy and tensions rise. In contrast, kindness speaks volumes and is beautiful and attracts others like a moth to a flame.
There is the theme of family too. Families can build up or tear down. Both types are portrayed within the story.
The characters are warm and welcoming. The take up residence in the readers heart and warm the soul.
The novel was fun and light hearted. There were some wonderfully amusing incidents as one of the characters was accident prone. I literally laughed out loud at times.
A New York Love Story was a real feel good read. It is absolutely perfect for any time of year. Why wait for Christmas when you can read it now?
A wonderful, warm and welcoming romance.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.