One wish in Manhattan -February #bookclub review (big spoilers)

This month’s book was ‘One wish in Manhattan’ by Mandy Baggot. 

I picked the book by the cover which I normally don’t do, but the cover is so beautiful! The book just had to be good.

The book is written in two perspectives. One perspective treats a mother and her daughter. The mother is really unhappy with her life and at the beginning she quits one of her jobs. 

The book plays around Christmas time and the two fly to New York to visit her brother and to flee from their life. But after a couple of pages you realize that this isn’t the only reason why the mother called ‘Hayley’ wants to go to New York back again. 10 years ago she had a one night stand with an artist and she became pregnant with her daughter ‘Angel’. Her daughter never asked to meet her dad but every night when her mother gives her a good night kiss and leaves her room, she talks to Santa and God and asks for her dad. 

The other perspective treats a rich businessman who lost his brother and his dad. His dad and brother had a genetic defect and because of that they both died. The businessman called ‘Oliver’ thinks that he has the same genetic defect and only has a couple of years left. Because of that he sleeps with a different woman every night to get distracted from his lonely and fearful life. His mother is unbelievable sad about that and wishes that the good relationship with him comes back again.

Although these two people are so different they meet after a few chapters. Hayley’s  brother works for Oliver and they both fall in love with each other. Oliver never was interested in the lifes of his employees but ‘Hayley’ changes his perspective view on his and other life(s) and how he treats others. He improves so so much and becomes a really nice man. 

Oliver also helps Hayley finding her one night stand from ten years ago. ‘Michel’ loves his daughter so much and they all become a really happy family. 

Oliver’s mum also gives Hayley an opportunity for a new job and she does her job so good that she can realize her dream job. Hayley also improves her bad relationship with her mother. And at the end Oliver takes a test at the hospital and the result is that he is completely fine.

The story is so cute and sweet and the book is so lovely and easy to read. It gives you an amazing christmassy feeling. I can highly recommend it.


Love letters to the dead – Review #Bookclub (big spoilers)

This month’s book was ‘Love letters to the dead’ by Ava Dellaira.

I heard so many amazing things about the book so I really wanted to give it a read and wow!

Hearttouching, crazy, sad, but beautiful.

Laurel lost her sister May a few months ago. After her death her mum moves away because she is overstrained with the loss of one of her daughters. So Laurel stays by her dad one week and one by her auntie. 

The loss of her sister and also of her mum is really tough for her and the relationship to her dad and auntie difficult too.

After reading a couple of pages you immediately get to know the perfect big sister May, who was everyone’s favorite. Especially for her little sister she was the biggest role model.

Laurel has to go back to school, but because she doesn’t want to go to her sister’s old school where everybody knows her she goes to a different school. She has to deal like every new girl on a high school with being alone and finding friends. But she finds two incredible girls who first seemed like they have their lifes put together, but they also fight with their own problems.

Her friends both are gay and are in love with each other. But especially one of them is too scared to make that public. One of them also has to deal with a big brother who is overstrained with the death of his parents. 

In one of Laurel’s first lesson in school she has to write a letter to a dead celebrity. She first doesn’t know what she should write, but it then becomes like a sort of diary for her, where she talks about the loss of her sister and what she means to her.

It is a 400 page book so I can’t talk about everything, but she falls in love with a guy who knew her sister and she fears that he only loves her because of her similarities with her sister. The wish to have her back and becoming like her changes after a few months and she starts having doubts about her perfect sister. She wants to hate her for what she’s done to her but she also was the best person in her life. 

When their parents separate from each other it hurts May really much. She goes to parties, drinks alcohol to get away from a place she can’t call home like before. Her little sister thinks that she has an incredible life but in the end she is just hurt and sad. Because of that she doesn’t do as much with her little sister than before which ruins her world.

So when May (big sister) starts doing more again with Laurel, Laurel is so happy about that. May says they would go together to the cinema to watch a movie. Laurel is so excited, but May only wants to meet her boyfriend and leaves her little sister with a friend of her boyfriend at the cinema until the movie finishes. But that friend assaults her little sister. She doesn’t tell it her big sister because she is too scared that she then won’t take her out again.

It is the most heartbreaking thing. When she then tells her sister what that guy does to her everytime she goes, she is shocked and climbs onto a balustrade of a bridge and falls. 
It’s the story of two sisters. One of them wants to protect her sister and doesn’t talk about her feelings and tries to give her a perfect world.  But in the end it doesn’t turn out like that.  

Laurel has to understand that May wasn’t perfect and it’s okay that she isn’t perfect either.

Did any of you read the book? Let me know what you think of it.