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Fairytale of New York

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Are happy-ever-afters made in Manhattan? Find out in this gorgeous debut, perfect for cold winter nights. Once upon a time an English girl went to New York to live out her very own fairytale! Florist Rosie Duncan's life couldn't be better, she has a flourishing business on New York's Upper West Side and fantastic friends. Moving to Manhattan feels like the best decision sh ...more
Paperback, 386 pages
Published 2009 by Avon, Harper Collins
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Laura YA indie princess
The worst book I have ever read the characters all got on my nerves and made it hard for me to finish this book. The main character Rosie was dull and clueless and the way she called her friends mate all the time was unrealistic and I live in the uk and do not find myself saying that too any one nor do people I know just didn't ring true. Nate was such a dumb jerk and why rosie would want him when he was getting ready to marry another woman is total alien to me. Ed was ok and you could tell he w ...more
Rosie Duncan left England six-and-a-half years ago to live in Boston. A short while later something truly awful happened to Rosie which forced her to leave Boston and she ended up in New York. New York quickly captured Rosie’s heart and she found a job at Kowalski’s, a florists, before eventally taking over from Mr K. Along with Ed and Marnie, her assistants at work, and best friend Celia, can Rosie move on from the past or is it about to come crashing down on her?

When I first heard of Fairytale
Reading this book was a highly frustrating experience. Right from the start, we are constantly told that the main character, Rosie, has a big secret, something really bad that happened to her in Boston and led to her moving to New York. Rather than have this spelled out to us like we are stupid, I'm sure it would have been far better for us as readers to figure this out for ourselves, as we surely would have considering that Rosie is portrayed as a very closed-off character right from chapter on ...more
The Sweet Bookshelf
I picked this book up over the winter. I liked the cover. On the cover it says," Are happily-ever-afters made in Manhattan?" I love me a happily ever after! Sold!

Cute book! I'm happily surprised! It's been awhile since I've read a good chic-lit! Rose owns her own flower shop. How fun! She helps people through flowers. I've always wanted to be a New Yorker. This book really showed me the glitz and glamor of it all in a real way.

Rose has a past, who doesn't! It is just that no one knows about it,
Rea Sinfield
Fairytale Of New York is the first book I have read by Miranda Dickinson. If this book is anything to go by, I will be reading more of her books, as I could not put this book down. The book is your typical chic-lit style book but has been beautifully written. With a mixture of romance, drama


Rosie is the main character of the book. She is the boss of Kowalski flower shop but she has closed her heart not letting anyone get close because of her past in Boston.

Ed is Rosie's co-desig
First chick lit I've read in ages. Got it in charity book sale. Not good. The main character has a secret that she is v worried that if friends found out they'd think diff of her. Such an anti-climax when you find out. It's also such a predictable book and throws in additional stories about characters, e.g. Her brother, that are superfluous to the story.

As I've not read chick lit in a while I'm wondering if I've just forgotten the simplicity or if this book was just not good??
This one is on the Romantic Novel of the Year longlist, which made me expect rather more. I was near giving up after 50 pages - if she called anyone else "mate" I was going to scream. The whole thing seemed really badly structured, the characters were shallow and poorly drawn, the dialogue creaked uncomfortably throughout, the "big secret" really wasn't, there were a couple of odd unconnected stories in there (like what her brother was up to) and the ending was obvious from halfway through (thin ...more
May 02, 2015 Pamela rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
2.5 stars. For me, this book is just ok. There were parts that I really liked, but quite a few things that I didn't. It dragged in places and some of the characters weren't very likable.
May 13, 2014 M rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: terrible
Before I start, I'd like to preface this review with an apology to the author: apparently this book is her 'dream come true'. Therefore sharing my thoughts on it will be like telling someone their baby is ugly. But if I can't be honest with you Goodreads, then what hope is there?

I have a policy of always (well, 99.9% of the time) finishing a book once I start it. After the first few pages of this book, I regretted that policy. And when, a few dozen pages or so in, I reached the obligatory 'frien
A warm, cozy, easy read. Fairly predictable, but still surprising at times. It does bother me when British writers attempt to write American dialogues; it always sounds so phony in my head. And this is indeed another proclamation of love for NYC - nothing new. But, being a florist myself, I must say that I would kill to work at Kowalski's. That's exactly the type of shop I want, and Rosie is every bit of the florist I would want to be. She reminds me of one of my old mentors.
Tanya Vaughn
It was so amazing!!
Hats off to Miranda Dickinson for this book. The book was so ace and pleasant. The exact mixture I love to expect in a book. This is the first Miranda Dickinson book I've read and if it is anything to go by, it compelled me to go grab her other books.

"Are happily-ever-afters made in Manhattan?"
This one single line on the cover got me, all of me actually. The simplicity and the pure adorableness is another brill aspect that you simply can't pass on.

All through the boo
Pınar Türk
Kitaptaki betimlemeler çok hoşuma gitti. Yazarın oluşturduğu mekanlar, Bay Kowalski ve onun hayata bakış açışı gayet güzeldi. New York'a gitmeyen biri olarak insan oranın özlemini çekiyordu. Rosie'nin çiçek dükkanı, kahveyle karışan çiçek kokuları orayı sıcacık bir ortam olarak anlatması kitabı çok sevimli kılıyor. Ama ne var ki bazı olaylar çok uzatılmıştı. Rosie'nin geçmişi ve geçmişi yüzünden erkeklerle olan sorunu abartılmıştı bence. Herkesin sakladığı şeyler vardır ama yazar sırrını öyle gi ...more
Angelie Mae Lacsina
The first mention of Rosie's secret (why she went to New York) has piqued my curiosity. What happened in the past that was so painful? What's she hiding from her "Kowalski's" family? When I found out, I wasn't really shocked because I thought sharing such secret to your closest friends won't be a problem. However, the further details given in the story made me understand its effect on her.

Because of Rosie's profession (florist), there were frequent mentions of flowers and, I must say, I liked th
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Review: it was only when I was reading this book for the second time that I realised that this is one of my all time favourite books and yet I've never actually reviewed it, having read it pre-blogging times! I love this book and it was amazing to read it again 5 years later and still love it. There were parts of the books I'd completely forgotten I loved and so it was amazing to recapture that joy from the very first time all over again!

Obviously the setting of this book is amazing, I could've
Rosie Duncan hat vor 6 Jahren Boston verlassen und lebt in New York und betreibt dort einen kleinen Blumenladen namens Kowalski. Der Inhaber hatte sich zur Ruhe gesetzt und hat Rosie den Laden überlassen. Diesen leitet sie zusammen mit ihren Freunden Ed und Marnie. Als Celia,ihre beste Freundin sie darum bittet Blumenbouquets für eine Veranstaltung zu gestalten,ist dies der Beginn für Kowalski's Durchbruch. Es spricht sich überall rum wie toll die Sträuße sind und somit kriegt Rosie viel mehr gr ...more
My least favourite out of Dickinson's books - an ok story, but I thought that the ending was a bit rushed, and the James storyline was a bit boring.

This book surprised me in so many ways.

Despite some of the other very average reviews, I found this book so so good. The characters absolutely made this novel what it was; they were all loveable, eccentric and easy to relate to in their own unique ways. I haven't read a book where every single one of the characters are so different (but equally likeable) in a long time. This, coupled with the beautifully vivid descriptions, made for an amazing read.

The story was also (somewhat) unpredictable, so
Carol W
Great characters in a great setting.
Replace Central Perk with a floristry in New York and you have Rosie and her friends. Life is analysed and decided in Kowalski's Flower Shop.
A fab Rom-com and enjoyable read. Would recommend.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked the characters and the family they'd created. I was surprised and disappointed (? - probably not the best word) to learn of her big secret. Like other readers, I was expecting something awful that could truly change her friends opinion of her. What it was seemed so minor and not even her fault. Yeah, hard to move on from - I get the while iceberg thing.

The whole time is was reading his book I thought it had a sequel (because it was part of a two bo
Emine Nur
Bu kitabı seneler önce okumuştum o zamanlar yaşım daha da küçüktü tabii ve hatırladığım kadarıyla ben bu kitabı beğenmiştim. Sonunda şaşırdığımı hatırlıyorum sanki yine de emin değilim.

Bu kitaptan önce neredeyse sürekli fantastik okuyordum, başka tür gözüm görmüyordu ama bunu bir arkadaş sayesinde okuyunca gerçekten kitaplar alemine daldığımı hissetmiştim. O vampirlerden ya da tanrıçalardan farklı bir dünya keşfetmiştim ve bu bizim içinde bulunduğumuz bir dünyaydı. Bu kitabı bir göz açılması, b
Pınar Türk
Kitaptaki betimlemeler çok hoşuma gitti. Yazarın oluşturduğu mekanlar, Bay Kowalski ve onun hayata bakış açışı gayet güzeldi. New York'a gitmeyen biri olarak insan oranın özlemini çekiyordu. Rosie'nin çiçek dükkanı, kahveyle karışan çiçek kokuları orayı sıcacık bir ortam olarak anlatması kitabı çok sevimli kılıyor. Ama ne var ki bazı olaylar çok uzatılmıştı. Rosie'nin geçmişi ve geçmişi yüzünden erkeklerle olan sorunu abartılmıştı bence. Herkesin sakladığı şeyler vardır ama yazar sırrını öyle gi ...more
This is the second book from Miranda Dickinson I am reading. I loved her last book "Take a look at me now" so so much that I decided to try another book from her. And for that, I picked up her debut novel "Fairytale of New York".

Well.... to be honest I had a hard time to get into the story... I didn't find the writing style very fluid, I was a bit disappointed. But once I hit the second half of the book, the story became more intense and that's when i really started to like the book, to be hook
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Fairytale of New York is the debut novel by Miranda Dickinson. I found out about Miranda’s books a few months ago. When I discover a new author I always like to start with the debut novel. I am so glad I ordered this book bargain from Amazon. Even the book was already published in 2009, it needs to remembered and that's way I'm posting a review about it!

I finished this book last night and it left me so overwhelmed with my feelings. I knew I was going t
From the blurb...Once upon a time an English girl went to New York to live out her very own fairyale...
Well that's not exactly true of the here's my version.
Once upon a time a girl (Rosie Duncan) went to America to get married, it didn't work out and she eventually went to New York to work as a florist. Mr Kowalski the owner had his own gentle philosophy on life which helped her a little and she bought the business when he retired. However, Rosie shuts herself away from romance for ove
Agnes Sy
This book has been on my wanted list from the moment I laid eyes on its cover. I fell in love with it. So when I saw a single copy on the shelf in a bookstore I rarely visit, I bought it immediately.

Needless to say, I had high expectations for this book. I've only wanted to own it for like, ever. Ha. Unfortunately, it fell a little short. The story took a little while to get on. The huge mystery of Rosie's past did not make me curious as much as it should have. In the meantime, I tried to immer
Suzy Turner
I relished every page of Fairytale of New York... not only was it a fabulous chick lit story with a little humour, but it was a heartfelt tale of love, betrayal and above all, friendship.
Although a little longer than some chick lit books, I finished it in two days! I found it difficult to put down and whenever I did, I found myself pondering the story and the intricate lives of the characters. Main character Rosie was well rounded and I loved her from the very start, as were all the other charac
Vivien Ernst
Rosie Duncan lebt seit sechs Jahren in New York und betreibt dort erfolgreich einen kleinen Blumenladen. Obwohl sie die Stadt liebt und dort gute Freunde gefunden hat, kennt kaum jemand ihr Geheimnis und weiβ warum es sie damals in den Big Apple verschlagen hat. Viel zu sehr schämt sie sich für das, was damals passiert ist und was dafür gesorgt hat, dass sie wenn es um Männer geht sehr verschlossen ist und niemanden an sich heran lässt.

Allerdings gerät ihre Welt ins Wanken, als sie den charmante
Eine Rosie in New York
Eigentlich kommt Rosie Duncan aus England, doch New York ist die Stadt, in der sie sich zu hause fühlt. Mit ihrem Blumenladen hat sie Erfolg, sie und ihr Team halten fest zusammen und auch ihre beste Freundin Celia ist ihr immer eine Stütze. Da fehlt überhaupt kein Mann in ihrem Leben, oder? Als sie Nate kennenlernt, beginnt Rosie jedoch nachzudenken. Reicht es, dass sie so viel dafür tut, dass andere glücklich sind? Reicht es, den anderen mit ihren Sträußen das Leben zu ve
The central character of Rosie is a star, sunny, breezy optimist that she is, and I'm sure other readers will warm to her and cheer her on as she works towards finding her happiness. She's not the only character with appeal though. The majority of Miranda's characters are full of life and leap off the page, fully-formed individuals that they are. Throughout the course of the book, they will invoke a range of feelings in you: at times you'll cheer them on, at others they'll frustrate you; and the ...more
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