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Thursday, October 20, 2016

In a Manhattan Minute by Helen J Rolfe - Book Review, Quick Q&A and Giveaway

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Review by Suze
Evie went through a difficult time and she met Nicole at the exact right moment. Nicole helped Evie to get her life back on track, but this cost her dearly. Evie now has everything she ever wanted, but the happiness she feels is about to be spoiled by her past. Will there be a chance for Evie to have a normal fulfilling life and what will the people she loves say when they find out about her past?
Jack was devastated when his father fired his housekeeper Nicole. Nicole was like a mother to him. Jack missed her and many years later he finally runs into her. Now that he's seen her again he doesn't want to let her walk out of his life once more. Jack isn't happy. His world is all pretense and he doesn't know how to get out of this situation, so he can make his own choices. Will he be able to actually make his own plans for the future at some point?
Kent runs a successful business together with his son Jack. In the past his family was what came first, but now he's focused on growth and success. He doesn't let himself feel. The loss of his wife changed him and he made his life even more unhappy when he fired Nicole. Will he ever be able to make things right again?
In a Manhattan Minute is an amazing story with four fascinating main characters. I loved the fact that Helen J Rolfe has chosen both older and younger people to write about. Nicole is kind and caring and she's always there for others. Evie is a sweetheart. She's incredibly strong and she fights for her future. I loved her fierceness and her ability to stand up for herself. Kent is a broken man. He can be moody and he works too hard. He has too many secrets and he can't love the way he wants to, which made me feel sad for him. I wanted him to be complete again, to see his full potential. Jack is a hardworking man with a conscience. He makes mistakes, but he also tries to fix them. He can be grumpy, but he's also friendly and loyal. I loved this complex group of people and Helen J Rolfe's descriptions of them are fantastic.
In a Manhattan Minute grabbed me from the start and I was intrigued until the end. Helen J Rolfe has a compelling and charming writing style that I like very much. She knows a lot about the world and she can make places come to life in a fantastic way. She perfectly captures the magic of every setting she writes about. In a Manhattan Minute is a great winter story. It's heartwarming and filled with the exact right ingredients, it's a book about complicated emotions, compassion, second chances, forgiveness, secrets and true love. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful sparkling, captivating and moving novel.
About Helen J Rolfe

I write contemporary women's fiction and enjoy weaving stories about family, relationships, friendship, love and life's challenges.

I hope my readers fall in love with my characters and my stories as much as I do.


Quick Q&A
1) Name five random facts about yourself

- I went to Bournemouth University
- I love marmite!
- I hate coffee!
- I have a habit of using too many post-its
- When I was little I had short hair and everyone thought I was a boy!

2) Describe the main characters of In a Manhattan Minute in six words each

Jack - sexy, strong, tall, handsome, wealthy, kind
Evie - loving, determined, beautiful, helpful, afraid, independent
Kent - strong, magnanimous, proud, wealthy, kind-hearted, worrier
Nicole - devoted, loyal, considerate, affectionate, strong, organised

3) What are your three favorite places in the world?

Australia, England and New York.

4) Describe in one sentence what the magic of Christmas means to you.

My little family all together with smiles and laughter!

5) What’s your favourite Christmas food?

I love the roast dinner with pigs in blankets, lots of gravy and a few glasses of champagne.

6) Name 3 different things you like about winter romance.

Snuggling up by a fire
Snow falling

7) What do you prefer, a summer or a winter Christmas?

I love the build up of a winter Christmas with all the lights and the dark and hopefully some snow, but Christmas day, I could be anywhere as long as we are all together.

8) What will be on your Christmas wish list this year?

Earrings, chocolate and a new woolly hat!

9) Name 3 Christmas stories you love.

The Night Before Christmas

An Aussie Night Before Christmas (my kids' favourite)

Any romantic story set in winter, at Christmas

10) If Santa could fulfill one wish for you, what would it be?

For the world to be a better place. There's too much crime, too much unhappiness.

11) Name three things your main characters always have in common.

They're kind, loyal and loving, even though it may take a while for these qualities to show themselves.

12) Which three things do you like to do the most besides writing?

Pilates and yoga
Spending time with the family
One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a digital copy of In a Manhattan Minute.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. Please add to your list of approved email addresses. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. Aww! I loved reading this post, as I adore the cozy "pre-Christmas" season. I've been known to say that my favorite moment of the year is when the kids return from trick-or-treating, because that means that I'm free to shamelessly indulge and revel it all. The first snowfall, the scented candles, the recipes...
    This book looks so lovely! I visited Amazon, and the author's other titles look similarly appealing. I really like that, as Suze highlighted, the story features an older and a younger couple. This book will definitely be going on my Wish List.

  2. The book review sounds good. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover and interview too.

  3. I am a big fan of Helen's books and this sounds like another great read.

  4. I would love to read one of her books, she sounds like an interesting person with imagination xx

  5. I would love have the opportunity read your book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  6. Thanks for the competition! Good luck everyone.

  7. Sounds like a lovely book to read for the holidays. Looking forward to it. Thank you for the excellent review.

  8. Sounds lovely for snuggling into a warm throw with a large hot chocolate, thanks.

  9. Thank you all for so many lovely comments! I'm emailing the winner next and I really hope you enjoy the book, Ruth. I loved writing it!
    Helen J Rolfe x