I don't know if a title has ever spoken to me as much as this title did. I first saw "A Magical New York Christmas" in the aisles of Target and took a picture of it to save for later because between the cover and the title, it was something that really sparked my interest.

When I read the summary, I knew it was going to be a book that I was going to devour during the Christmas season. I bought it on my Nook and immediately started reading... guys, this is an adorable, precious, wonderful Christmas story (that takes place in the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve). It was so wholesome and lovely, I cannot say enough good things about it!

Publisher's Summary

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.

My Thoughts

The fact that this story takes place in New York City, at the Plaza Hotel, and has an entire Eloise subplot was a complete joy. I don't think it gets more Christmasy than that! 

If you didn't know, I live in New York and this year especially, I have been super obsessed with everything New York Christmas. I have been dreaming about the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime is one of the most underrated movies of our time... so this book catered to all my loves. It even includes British royalty which is definitely up my alley! 

I thought this book was simple, sweet, and straightforward. You have a star-crossed lovers type of situation, where both think the other person is someone they are not. Sabrina is a ghostwriter staying in the hotel, writing a book for a famous art dealer who was once a butler at The Plaza, and then Ian, who is the secretary to a British Lord. The two quickly fall for each other, but secrets are hidden amongst them.

While Sabrina is ghostwriting, you get glimpses of Grayson's past and his time spent with Eloise's author, Kay Thompson. You learn about his lost love, Veronica, and how he became who he is. 

Along the way, there are laughs, a few cries, and definitely a twist or two. The ending of this book was near perfection, everything wrapped up beautifully and I couldn't have been happier. 

There is so much New York magic sprinkled throughout this story, it just put a huge smile on my face. This is a book I can read over and over again and never get sick of - it was the type of book you want to read at Christmastime, especially if you're going to make a trip to Manhattan. 

Next year, I might have to purchase the actual book to keep on my nightstand throughout the Christmas season because it was just so beautiful. It's the type of book that makes you realize how beautiful reading and writing are.

I cannot recommend this little romance enough!


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