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Fairytale of New York

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  4,699 ratings  ·  228 reviews
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, 390 pages
Published 2009 by Avon, Harper Collins
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Laura's Book Addiction
Dec 04, 2010 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
Kylie H
Dec 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Was loaned this book and had absolutely no expections, and was pleasantly surprised.
Rosie is an English woman who runs a small florist shop in New York. She has some great friends, but refuses to be drawn into any sort of relationship due to a past issue that she will not discuss.
The story revolves around the florist shop and the wonderful characters that come and go buying flowers. There are happy and sad occasions and when Rosie is asked to provide flowers for a wedding, her buried past comes
Mar 15, 2010 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
Oct 19, 2009 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
Rea Cobb
May 30, 2011 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


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 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,
Nov 29, 2011 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??
Jul 09, 2014 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
This was a new author for me, I think most of the books I'm currently reviewing are. I put down as a new year resolution type thing to read as many ne authors as I possibly could.
So this book is set in New York and it is going through the girl's present and future whichis affected by her past, she doesn't trust anyone, she ran away but then a chance encounter of meeting her past and she is fighting to get rid of it by addressing it and on the way she ends up getting some amazing advice from a d
Jul 31, 2014 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. ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This book features Rosie and the flower shop she runs in New York. It was an easy, enjoyable read although not as festive as I was expecting.

3.5 stars
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, right from the start you are 'intrigued' by 'the secret of the past'. What happened that it takes more than six years to talk about?

It turns out to generally be an alright choice of mysterious awful past, but regarding the hype leading to its revelation, it was pretty weak. And not really matching.

'I want my current friends to see ME - not the 'me' I was in the past.'

Doesn't really fit with the result. (You'd expect her to have been an awful person herself in the past or something.)

And w
Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
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Claire Dobson
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it
A non-taxing bit of chick lit.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
once i got into the story i enjoyed the book but found that the ending left stuff hanging without any closer.

all round feel good read
Novelle Novels
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 out of 5 stars
If you need a book to remind you of the importance of friendship then pick this up. This is rosie who is a Brit working In New York as a florist. Rosie has a history that she has hid from her friends and has made her hide away from a romantic life. Being a florist she is optimistic and loves others romance encompassing it for everyone except herself. We all know though that our past has a habit of coming back to bite us on the bum and that’s definitely true for Rosie. When her br
Ruth Soz
Apr 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: novels, chick-lit
I bought this while I was still living in England and feeling nostalgic for the British chick-lit I first discovered as a young adult (this author is British and the protagonist an ex-pat living in NYC). This is definitely not what I was looking for; a very predictable story with characters that took me a long time to warm to. And because ‘that horrible thing that happened in Boston’ was referenced every few pages it became more annoying than intriguing that as the reader I wasn’t let in on the ...more
Attack Salmon
Aug 05, 2022 rated it liked it
This was actually super cute and fun to read. Or you could say that its been a while since I pick up a Chick Lit so thats why I am enjoying it.

I really enjoy the drama and the budding romance but the ending totally throw me off guard. (view spoiler)
Apr 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-books-read
My second Miranda Dickinson of the year, I've had these two books on my shelves for years so wanted to finally finish them. I was a bit worried this was going to be a festive read (totally the wrong time of year 😂) but Christmas only features in it for a few chapters so it was all good 😂.

It's a nice read I wouldn't go mad for it but if your after something easy going it's good, it's your typical love story and I really enjoyed the ending its very romantic. Having been to New York as well it was
Helen Walford
Nov 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant.. magical!
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Far too many pages and details, and the characters were not my cup of tea. Now i just want a bouquet of roses.
Fabulous Book Fiend
Oct 18, 2014 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
Tanya Vaughn
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Emma Star Crossed Reviews
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews Christmas may be over but I am in denial so this week I have 2 overdue festive reviews.

I picked this book up on Amazon quite a while ago because a) it was set in New York and b) I had heard good things about Miranda’s writing.

I found this book a little slow to begin with and I wasn’t sure about if for the first 20% but after that I couldn’t put it down. I was engrossed in this story I couldn’t put it down.

I loved Rosie and thought she was
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Have had this sitting on my shelf for years, probably since it came out in '09. By looking at other reviews, some people get very invested. However, for me, between juggling a now 4 month old and planning a wedding that is next month, I found it an entertaining chick-lit book. Except the British do not use "mate", the Aussies do. Mate. ...more
Apr 05, 2015 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. ...more
Tammy Stewart
May 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
There are not many books I stop reading but unfortunately this one was so boring, frustrating and disappointing that I struggled to even get this far! The characters didn't feel real to me at all and I'm pretty easy to please with even the most basic cliche romance but the writer couldn't even pull that off. I love chick lit books but this just missed the mark! Luckily I only paid $4 for this book in a second hand bookstore. Needless to stay I will not be finishing this book! ...more
May 13, 2014 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!!)
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Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. Coming from a creative family where stories and songs were always present, it was perhaps inevitable that she would end up adoring words. A songwriter for over 15 years, Miranda has successfully penned over thirty songs, delivering both live and recorded performances in a range of venues across the UK and Europe. Her first solo project album ...more

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