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Rosie Duncan is a from the West Midlands, England, but now runs a florists – Kowalski’s – in New York City.  There she has a tight circle of friends – kooky Marnie and laddish Ed, who work at Kowalski’s; and Celia, a journalist who is probably Rosie’s closet confidante.  From early on in the story, we learn that a shocking event in Rosie’s past has brought her to New York (although we don’t learn at first what the event is) and stops her from pursuing any kind of relationship or letting herself be vulnerable to the possibility.  But then things happen to make Rosie reconsider her life- first in the form of Nate Amie, a charming publisher with relationship issues of his own, and second in the form of a person from Rosie’s past who brings all her painful memories to the surface…

Rosie narrates the story, and this is the kind of book where a first person narrative works very well.  She was an instantly likeable character and I really wanted things to work out for her.  I also really liked her relationship with Marnie, Ed and Celia, all of whom were well drawn.

The story flowed well, and I genuinely did not know how things would end up – but I knew what I wanted to happen, and I wasn’t disappointed (I’m not saying anymore though – you’ll have to read it yourself to find out!).

New York City is one of my favourite places, with an atmosphere and buzz that is all its own, and I really felt that it was described perfectly.  Miranda Dickinson is open about the fact that she has never been there – which makes it all the amazing that it has been captured so well here.  I also really liked Kowalski’s – the kind of shop I love, where the customers are genuinely important, the atmosphere is friendly and personal – and good coffee is always readily available.  I liked the descriptions of the floristry work itself, and learning about the various customers who frequented the shop.  Mr Kowalski, the former owner of the store, is not a present character in the story, but he is ever present as Rosie recalls his anecdotes and sage advice.

Overall this is a lovely, comforting read, which is perfect for curling up with on the sofa, with coffee and cake to hand.  Definitely recommended.

(Author’s website can be found here.)

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