One lost dog. Two lonely hearts. A Manhattan Christmas full of magic.
Shy homebody Charlotte is planning her usual quiet Christmas celebration: Turkey for two for her and her beloved pet dog Hudson. Only, this year, little Hudson decides to take matters into his own paws and give his favourite human a holiday adventure she’ll never forget.
When Hudson runs away the week before Christmas, Charlotte is devastated. She’d rescued him from the trash years before and gave him a place in her home – and her heart. But with the help of uptight Englishman Henry, Charlotte ends up on a magical treasure hunt around Manhattan to find her furry, four-legged bestie.
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.
Gigi on Amazon wrote:
A Miracle at Macy's is the ultimate Christmas story, that will have you believing in the magic of the season. This book just proves that the kindness of strangers exists and that everyone in Manhattan at Christmas will get behind a good cause.
I did at times find myself thinking would this really happen to this extent, especially the social media campaigns to find poor lost Hudson going viral, just for one dog, and then decided that in keeping with the spirit of the season, and realised I would enjoy it even more just by suspending my disbelief and going with the flow.
A Miracle at Macy's is uplifting and had me smiling a lot. Charlotte and Henry both show a lot of character development as the story progresses, as Charlotte turns from shy food blogger to a gorgeous young woman who starts to have more confidence in herself and she learns how to trust again. And Henry goes from workaholic into someone who has a heart.
Thrown together, Charlotte and Henry have a brilliant time in Manhattan at Christmas time, after Hudson runs off, having been persuaded into having an Elfie! As people claim to have spotted Hudson, they travel all over the city, taking in all sorts of New York Christmas institutions, including a horse and carriage ride in Central Park, amongst others that I don't want to ruin the magic of.
A Miracle at Macy's has clearly been influenced by a number of films, as you get hints of Miracle on 34th Street, Marley and Me and I'd even say one scene in Elf, could have had an influence on events during the book. All these influences have been blended with Lynn Marie Hulsman's obvious enthusiasm for the season, and love of dogs, New York and Christmas to create a truly special book.
This is easily one of my most enjoyed Christmas books of the season so far, and its one I could easily imagine being a film, as the writing as so vivid. I am so impressed with the story and the highs and lows it generates, and I can't get over the really great feeling it has left me with.
Although I don't generally re-read books, I can see this being the sort of book I would re-read each year, and love more and more each time.
A Christmas book in October? YES!!! It's making me actually look forward to the snow and the time the radio stations start to change over to 24/7 jingle-alongs! I loved this book and I'm going to tell you why, because frankly it's the best way to get more of them. Maybe the author has time to write another one before December, heheheh. (Maybe a novella? I'll settle for a short story? Pleeez?) Also, please note: unlike some holiday Kindle "books" I've purchased, only to find out they are very, very short and as rushed as a holiday shopping trip, this one is a full-length, complete, satisfying novel.
So first things first. The story begins with Charlotte, a food writer and chef so shy of relationships that she spends all her time with her dog and her blog, in that order. It's Christmas, it's the time of miracles, and you know from the other books Lynn Marie Hulsman has written that we can "Believe" she will deliver a miracle for Charlotte! And our heroine's lovable and mysteriously intelligent dog, named Hudson, is going to help!
Oh wait, I want to interject here: You can tell from the beginning that this story is written by someone who really knows and loves dogs. I'm sorry, I can't stand it when you read books that are so obviously just trying to tug on your heartstrings with a "dog angle" (or "cat angle" for that matter) because they know most of us can't resist. But no one can write lines like this unless she's legitimately loved a real live dog: "I lean over and give Hudson a little scratch on the belly. He twitches, and bicycles his stubby legs." I can just see this little dog and his goofy legs pumping the air! And the part where the author describes how Charlotte gets stared down by Hudson as he holds his leash in his mouth, waiting for her to submit to his will and take him out for a walk until she finally gives in...I laughed out loud!
So, back to the story. Little Hudson seems to have been touched either by Christmas mischief or Christmas magic, (or both) because he scampers off and leads Charlotte on a merry dance through a starry, snowy, glowy, exciting New York City. Honestly, the author's detailed, full-five-senses descriptions of all these amazing attractions in New York are so vivid, I feel like I've visited places like the Rainbow Room and Fairway Market. and a restaurant called "Per Se"...where I have never been before. I've been there by way of this book, and I want to plan a trip around it to make the memories real! Same goes for the descriptions of the most to-die-for holiday treats...you can really tell this author is a bona fide chef herself, and in fact there are recipes included with the book!
So where was I? Back to the story again. Our heroine Charlotte meets our dishy English hero, the stern and sometimes high-handed Henry. He sets out to help her locate her dog. And the wild chase begins...along the way, Charlotte and Henry will find out a lot about themselves and each other...and will they find little Hudson, as well? Will they learn to open up to life? Ho, ho, ho, Santa is NOT going to tell you because...no spoilers!
Have fun finding our for yourselves... and happy pre-holidays, all!
Can you tell I loved this book!