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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's Book Addiction
Dec 04, 2010 Laura's Book Addiction rated it did not like it
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
Evangeline
May 05, 2010 Evangeline rated it did not like it
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
Leah
Nov 16, 2009 Leah rated it it was amazing
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
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Rea Sinfield
May 30, 2011 Rea Sinfield rated it it was amazing
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


**Characters**

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
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The Sweet Bookshelf
Nov 06, 2011 The Sweet Bookshelf rated it liked it
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,
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M
May 13, 2014 M rated it did not like it
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
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Debbie
Nov 29, 2011 Debbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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??
Pamela
May 02, 2015 Pamela rated it it was ok
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.
Tanya Vaughn
Apr 14, 2014 Tanya Vaughn rated it it was amazing
It was so amazing!!
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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?"
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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
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Sabra
Jan 03, 2011 Sabra rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
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Sarah
May 14, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
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.
Kahla Whitehead
Apr 07, 2016 Kahla Whitehead rated it really liked it
I will be honest I don't normally read a lot of romance books unless they are our book club book for the month but wow I was surprised at how easily I fell in love with this and it is a super sweet book and so easy to read. LOVED IT.
Lynne
Oct 23, 2015 Lynne rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, romance
I discovered this author in the library, and since I was about to visit New York decided to buy it for my kindle. I then read more about the author and discovered she lived in the Black Country, which is where I'm from, not only that she mentioned Kingswinford library! Not only did I live in Kingswinford, I used to work in that library so I felt compelled to read her! So many coincidences.
I have mixed feelings about the book, I enjoyed the characters and the way she described life in NYC, but f
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Pınar Türk
Jul 13, 2014 Pınar Türk rated it liked it
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
Dec 09, 2014 Angelie Mae Lacsina rated it it was amazing
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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~☆laura
Nov 25, 2015 ~☆laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, chick-lit
ok so this is my first read by Miranda Dickinson New York to me has always seemed a magical place ( and hopefully somewhere I'll get to eventually visit ) so when I read the sypnosis I was immediately drawn in and the book I must say lived up to its title, in this new York tale fairytale's really do happen and I was left with that warm fuzzy feeling at the end of the book. To summarise the book in its basic form Is about a girl who had her heartbroken and although she has built a new life for he ...more
Michelle
Oct 24, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it
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C
Oct 31, 2014 C rated it it was amazing
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
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MetLineReader
Mar 21, 2016 MetLineReader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-kindle, 2016
So apparently I've already read this and gave it 4*. Well I picked it up this week during an intense period at work and am about 35% through - don't remember it at all. So I've either not read it or rated the wrong book or have lost my marbles...

Anyway so far so good. Just what the doctor ordered (apart from more sleep and a week in bed which is just laughable!!)
Jasmin
Jan 11, 2015 Jasmin rated it it was ok
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
Jo Notary
403p 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 26
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 she ever made. Even though at the time, it was her escape route from heartbreak . . .

For the past six years Rosie has kept
...more
Jenny
May 04, 2012 Jenny rated it liked it
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.

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Natalie
Jun 14, 2015 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-that-ending
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
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Carol W
Sep 14, 2010 Carol W rated it really liked it
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.
Trish
Apr 15, 2014 Trish rated it liked it
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
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Emine Nur
Aug 09, 2014 Emine Nur rated it really liked it
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
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koy
Jan 05, 2016 koy rated it it was amazing
It took me a long time to finish this book because (1) it was boring at first, (2) I was busy at school during our 1st semester, (3) I fell asleep most of the time, and now yey I'm bringing you what could have been me for the next 10 years of my life. Rosie Duncan specifically describes what it feels like to be living in New York. Perfect timing because I finally decided to finish this book this holiday break and it was such a dream celebrating Christmas in NYC. Anyway, after the long wait, ther ...more
Pınar Türk
Jun 24, 2014 Pınar Türk rated it liked it
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
Frenchorchidea
Sep 05, 2014 Frenchorchidea rated it liked it
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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Isabell
Jul 22, 2014 Isabell rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on Dreaming With Open Eyes

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
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