Lucie Quigley hates Christmas. It’s the time of year when everything goes wrong in her life. So this year, when she’s asked to be a bridesmaid at her friend Petra’s Manhattan wedding, she jumps at the invitation to escape the festivities. Dale Treharne has been best friends with Lucie for as long as he can remember. He’s used to looking out for his oldest friend and when she asks him to be her plus one, he can’t seem to find a reason to refuse. Instead, he sees it as a way to help Lucie get through what is, for her, the most miserable time of the year. In New York, as the snow starts to fall, Lucie and Dale start to realise that their feelings run deeper than just friendship. But can they overcome their pasts, and make it a very merry Manhattan Christmas?
10 Random Things About A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas
1. I wrote the book in about six weeks, although I had a break in the middle when I went on holiday, so I was listening to Christmas songs in August.
2. Dale is so named because my daughter was upset when a character in a popular TV show died, so I named Lucie’s friend Dale to cheer my daughter up.
3. My editor didn’t know that female dogs hump things, so it made for entertaining edits.
4. The Manhattan hotel Lucie and Dale stay in is fictional.
5. I used a virtual tour of Manhattan to get the Strawberry Fields scene just right. I’ve been there but it was a few years ago.
6. My inspiration for the story was A Christmas Carol, as I wanted to write a modern day Christmas tale complete with ghosts (memories) of Christmas past, present and future. (NB – there are no ACTUAL ghosts in the story.)
7. Dale’s grommets story is true and happened to my husband.
8. Lucie’s PE report was actually based on mine. Yes, my PE teacher did say those things about me.
9. The scene in the epilogue is loosely based on something that happened to me. (You’ll have to read it to find out.)
10. I’m still waiting to be taken on a carriage ride around Central Park…
About the Author
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.