Title: A Magical New York Christmas
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Holiday
Author: Anita Hughes
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: St. Martin Griffin, Sept 28, 2021
Sexy Rating: 4
Violence Rating: 0
Christmasy Feeling: 5
Description from Amazon:
A magical holiday love story set at the glamorous Plaza Hotel in New York City.
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?
Filled with the magic that can only be found at the Plaza Hotel during the holidays, and revealing facts about the author of the Eloise books, Anita Hughes’s A Magical New York Christmas is both a holiday treat and a heartwarming story that reminds us that falling in love is the greatest miracle of all.
Reading this book was like I was at the fabled Plaza Hotel in NYC. From the lovely description I could picture the Christmas decorations and the the wealthy guests mingling in the Palm Court. Also other NYC Christmas sights are introduced: Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, etc. There are two plot lines and both are really primary. First there is Ian and Sabrina and the other has to do with Grayson the wealthy art dealer and former Plaza butler. I found the story of Grayson the more interesting. The Ian Sabrina romance would have developed quicker if they had just been honest with each other. Ian’s job of keeping Lord Spencer in line got tiresome after a awhile. There is an abundance of Christmasy feeling and it will put the reader in a holiday mood.