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Review by Suze
Paige doesn't want to be seen as the girl with the weak heart. She's grown from a sickly girl into a strong, capable woman and she wants to prove herself. That's why she loves working in New York and she doesn't miss the small island she's originally from at all. When she and her two best friends, Frankie and Eva, lose their jobs because of someone else's mistake Paige realizes this is the chance to begin something new. Together they start their own company, they will plan the best events the city and nothing is too big or small for them to handle. However, making name for herself isn't easy and Paige might need help.
Jake knows Paige well, he's her brother's best friend. He's supposed to see Paige as a little sister, but this proves to be difficult time and time again. If he can do something for her though he will. His company needs to host an event and if Paige and her friends plan it right their business will be well known straight away. Working together with Jake might not be the easiest thing Paige has ever done, but if she wants her company to be a success she can do it. Paige is determined not to let him break her heart, will it remain unscathed this time?
Sleepless in Manhattan is a wonderful story about friendship and love. I immediately had a big smile on my face when I read about the friendship between Paige, Frankie and Eva. They're three totally different people, with clear own identities, and they brilliantly complement one another. Sarah Morgan has given their bond a warm and loving character, which instantly made me enjoy the story. Paige is strong, capable and ambitious. When she does something she wants it to be exactly right and I admired her passion and dedication. While she's good at what she does when it comes to work, in love there's only ever been one person and I kept hoping she would get a chance to really live and give someone her heart to be loved in return just as fiercely. It was fun to read about Paige's journey, both professionally and personally. Paige grows incredibly fast as a person and that aspect of the story is what I loved the most.
Sarah Morgan is amazing at building characters. They're multidimensional with realistic strengths and weaknesses, they have a clear past, a present and future and she's very skillful when it comes to describing personality traits. It's easy to like her heroes and heroines and the romance is always absolutely wonderful and sweet. I highly recommend all of her books. They are heartwarming, have their own unique style that makes them stand out and they are fabulously entertaining.
If you like big city romances with rich men and capable career women with big hearts, you will love this story.
Review by Tanya
Paige, Frankie and Eva lose their jobs in the event industry. Paige considers setting up her own event business, run by the three of them, after some encouragement from Jake, her brother’s best friend. Paige’s brother, Matt, is not so keen on her taking the plunge, but sets out to help her anyway. Paige does not want to be told what to do after an upbringing of constant fussing due to ill health. She also has her reasons for not wanting Jake's help. Will she succeed without his intervention and if it should happen after all, would it really be so bad?
Sleepless in Manhattan focuses on three girls, who have known each other for a very long time. Paige, Frankie and Eva live and work together in the big city of New York, which is a vast change of Puffin Island where they're originally from. Paige Walker is a planner and enthusiastic young lady, who tries to protect herself from getting hurt. She doesn’t like to stand out and enjoys the fact that there are so many people in Manhattan that she can be anonymous. Eva is a dreamer. She believes in true love and wants everything that comes with it. She also thinks the best of everyone. Frankie, however, does not believe in forever, as her mum had and still has a constant flow of boyfriends. Frankie has a flair for gardening and is often the cynical voice of the group. The other main characters are Paige’s brother Matt, who keeps an eye on his sister and owns the house they live in, and his best friend Jake. Jake is known to have many girlfriends, but never stays with them for long, keeping them all at an arms length. He is a high flying business man in the information technology field and could help the girls a lot as he is a very influential person.
Paige and Jake rub each other the wrong way. There are many twists and turns and I enjoyed that Sarah Morgan switches between narrators. Sleepless in Manhattan focusses on Paige and Jake, so as a reader you know what they are thinking and feeling. I just wanted them to be honest and open with each other from the start, but understood why they weren’t and what was behind their concerns, this all adds to the story and made it very interesting.
Sleepless in Manhattan is such a great account of how things can change if you really try hard enough and how friendship is important in many ways. I liked how the girls become surer of themselves as the story goes on and how they show that they are capable event organisers, which isn't an easy job. I never really appreciated how much work would go into such events and it shows thorough and detailed research by Sarah Morgan. I also liked how this book focusses on Paige and Jake's relationship, but already gives an incline of what the next book will be about.
The setting of Manhattan is fascinating and Sarah Morgan's enthusiasm for this place shows. In her story it certainly comes across as the city that never sleeps and is now high on my wish list to visit. Whilst on the subject of settings, the roof garden of the house that Matt owns sounds amazing. I like how Sarah Morgan's books are always the complete package. Well done Sarah on another great story.