Englishwoman in Manhattan by Jenny O’Brien book review

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Englishwoman in Manhattan written and self-published by Jenny O’Brien is available in ebook format NOW.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Englishwoman in Manhattan, the stand alone follow-up to Englishwoman in Paris.
Recently widowed Lady Cara Bachmeire has moved away from Paris and the world she once knew to New York in order to escape from the past, a past where she’s lost her husband, her career and nearly her life. She wasn’t expecting much and certainly not the peace and sanctuary of Gramercy Park. Gramercy Park, Manhattan’s best kept secret with its precious keys very much in the style of The Secret Garden.
Lawyer Matti Bianchi, second generation Italian/American is also in possession of a key to Gramercy Park. He’s also in possession of a musically gifted daughter who attends the prestigious academy for gifted musicians, the same academy Lady Cara has run away to when her career is taken away from her. But that’s not all Matti is. He’s also working for an asset stripping company and the next building on the list to be stripped just happens to be Lady Cara’s estranged step-mother’s Manor House in Berkshire.
Can Lady Cara find love for a second time and what about her career as one of the most talented concert pianists of her generation? And what about Matti? Is he just what he seems or…

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Lady Care Bachmeire is still grieving for her husband, it’s been two years since his untimely death.  She is also grieving for the life she had and the life she was promised.  The accident that took the life of her husbands has left Cara emotionally and physically scarred.  She is now working in New York as a music tutor in a private girl’s school.

Matti Bianchi is a single parent and lawyer in one of the most prestigious and cut-throat asset stripping firms in the city.  His teenage daughter has started teasing him about middle age spread and Matti starts jogging in Gramercy Park to appease his daughter.  Whilst back in his apartment that overlooks the park he spots a young woman with long auburn hair that he can’t help but be drawn to.  This young woman happens to be Cara and during a music performance at his daughter’s school he sees this mystery girl and makes the connection.

The school is running a trip to London with a select few of the girls and Evelyn, Matti’s daughter is invited.  As Matti has business in London he tags along with the school excursion. Cara and Matti are drawn together through mutual circumstances at first.  These moments give Matti time to get to know Cara but the pain from her past which is still evident is hard to conceal.

Cara is fighting with her emotions over Matti, is it too soon since her husband’s death to find and accept love again?  She is also fighting with her physical scars and what limitations it has left her with.  Can Cara place her belief in someone to help her with her scars both emotionally and physically?  Will Matti’s business involvement in London hinder his developing feelings for Cara?

This was a lovely story that was emotive with all the heart wrenching history from the characters still very evident.  It was also endearing, inspiring and romantic taking you on a journey of self-discovering, encouragement, lust and love.  Englishwoman in Manhattan is a standalone story in the ‘Englishwoman in’ series.  Characters from Englishwoman in Paris do crop up and to fully appreciate and enjoy the series I would encourage you to read both books in order.  You can find my review of an Englishwoman in Paris here.

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Englishwoman in Paris by Jenny O’Brien book review

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Englishwoman in Paris written and self-published by Jenny O’Brien is available NOW in ebook format.

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Love is…knowing when to say goodbye

22 year old Lady Sarah Cosgrave is a student at the Sorbonne and heiress to millions, but only if she’s engaged by the time she reaches 23. She’s in urgent need of a fake boyfriend to appease her parents – anyone will do as long as he has long vowels and a long pocket. Handsome French brickie.

Pascal de Sauvarin is neither, but as he’s the only man available he’ll have to do. Can their love overcome the demands polite society throws at it or will she be forced to marry rancid Rupert?

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I adored this new novel by Jenny O’Brien. I feel her stories are written just for me. I love stories set in Paris: the café culture, stunning architecture and gorgeous countryside. I was drawn to this book by just the title. Jenny soon had me there in the moment eating pastries alongside Sarah in Paris and when we are introduced to Pascal I was mesmerised by his rugged beauty and accent!

Sarah, formerly known as Lady Sarah Cosgrave, had escaped her privileged life in England to study music in Sorbonne. She’d also escaped the media after word had got out that she was a rich heiress to be. Her late Aunt had left a bequest in her will that if Lady Sarah was engaged to be married on her 23rd birthday she would receive 80 million. She’s fended off unwanted advances in the past and had been hurt and humiliated by someone else she had given her heart too easily to.

When Sarah spots the ruggedly handsome French brickie working at the building site opposite her apartment an instant attraction is felt. She spends many spare moments gazing at him. However, she doesn’t know that Pascale, the brickie, has also spotted Sarah and he too feels a pull towards her. There is more to Pascale than meets the eye and Sarah slowly learns to relax with this Frenchman.

This was such a lovely romance that totally swept me away with the storyline. Lots of twists, turns and surprises and as per Jenny’s previous form she took me on an emotional journey. I thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary romance and have no hesitation in recommending it.  5/5*

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book.

I’d like to share one of my favourite quotes from the book:

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Guest Post with Author Jenny O’Brien

I am so pleased to welcome Jenny O’Brien, the author of 4 self-published ebooks to my blog.

Welcome to my blog Jenny …

Jenny O'Brien

Thanks for inviting me on to your blog.

When did you start writing? Or have you always done so?

I’ve been writing for seven years now. While I always wanted to write a book I never really thought any more about it, that is until I came up with the name Dai Monday, the main character in my children’s book Boy Brainy. It took me a year to get the courage to put pen to paper and another six to have the courage to release my words to the unsuspecting public.

Have you written other novels/works that have not been published?

I’ve published 4 books and have about another four running around in my head. I’ve also dipped my toes into non fiction and have had articles published in medical journals.

What inspired you to write Ideal Girl and Boy Brainy?

Boy Brainy was inspired by my own experience of school bullying. Ideal Girl from something I heard on Chris Evan’s Radio Two show about how the Ideal Girl was meant to be a dark haired Irish nurse.

Do you appear in any of your stories?

Certainly not! I’m far too boring to be in a book. My life is the same as millions of others out there, the only difference being my hobby is writing about the random characters that seem to live in my head – perhaps I need to see a doctor!

Does the bullying issue in Boy Brainy reflect an experience close to heart for you?

Yes. I think all adults can equate to being bullied at some time in their life. I’m not an expert, but I have seen the damage it can cause at first hand.

You write about hospital romances in your Irish Girl Trilogy, is this a true reflection of hospital life?

Well no, I write fiction. The media portrayal of hard working healthcare professionals with little ‘off time’ is the true one. Patient care is far too important to warrant the batting of eyelashes! There simply isn’t the time! My writing is more a satirical view of what happens, not the reality.

You set your stories in unusual settings?

I like to write about places I love and, as I was born in Dublin it does crop up frequently. I also used to live in Wales and we go camping in France so these are easy places for me to include. I won’t be able to write about Australia or even the USA, unless I set a story in Miami airport, but Tom Hanks has already played that part.

What is the overall impression you hope readers will take from your books?

That they’re funny, but not comedic. That they’re dark but not oppressive and finally for my medical romances – that they’re clean, or innocent if you like. There’s lots of innuendo and hinting but barely a kiss.

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Thank you so much for joining my blog today.  I’d like to congratulate you on the release of your 4th novel, Unhappy Ever After Girl.  You can find my review of this beautiful, emotional story here.

To celebrate the release of Unhappy Ever After Girl and to thank her loyal readers Jenny has reduced the price of the first two books in the Irish Medical Romances:

Ideal Girl

Ideal Girl is FREE to download for 5 days.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ideal-Girl-Irish-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B014RQAGVA/ref=pd_sim_351_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=51jVXYseTEL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_UX300_PJku-sticker-v3%2CTopRight%2C0%2C-44_OU02_AC_UL160_SR106%2C160_&refRID=PH936ZVJ2E1NBG2RYZNS

Girl Descending

Girl Descending is at the special price of 99p.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B019CZUSG4/ref=series_dp_rw_ca_2

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Unhappy Ever After Girl by Jenny O’Brien book review

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Unhappy Ever After Girl (Irish Medical Romance Book 3) written by and self-published by Jenny O’Brien is due to be published on the 3rd June 2016.

To pre-order/buy link:

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Mabel Frederick (Freddie for short) has it all, or at least she thinks she has.
She’s about to marry Henry, the most amazing man. A man who’s all set to follow in her father’s footsteps as deacon of St Eilidh’s. She also has a job she loves, working on the eye unit of St Justin’s as well as the best friends a girl could ask for.

What she doesn’t have is Henry’s love, something she only finds out after the wedding.
Her friends come to the rescue by arranging a private nursing job for her across the Irish Sea in Betws-y-Coed.

Professor Derry Yeats doesn’t have it all.
He’s never thought of his life in measurements of happiness as he’s always been too busy as one of Ireland’s top heart surgeons. If he were to measure his happiness before Mabel he’d have rated it as less than zero. What use was a blind surgeon being treated in Betws-y-Coed to anyone?

Can Derry and Mabel turn their Unhappy Ever After into Happy Ever After or will fate intervene?

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I’d like to thank the author, Jenny O’Brien for an arc in return for an honest review.  This the 3rd book in the Irish Medical Romance series.  It’s not even a year yet since I was introduced to Jenny’s books, I was soon engrossed with the beautiful, heartfelt stories of friendship and love.

Unhappy Ever After Girl is about Mabel (aka Freddie) and Derry’s story.

We begin the story with Mabel preparing for her wedding to Henry, a trainee deacon.  Henry and Mabel’s relationship had been quite a whirlwind affair, a courtship of purity.  With Mabel’s father being a longstanding clergyman for the area, who adored his late wife and worshipped his daughter, she desperately wanted a relationship with her future husband to be as happy and wholesome as her parents was.  However, Mabel was having doubts about Henry, he was already starting to manipulate her and she wasn’t sure whether he did love her at all.  But wanting to keep her father happy she decided to go ahead with the wedding but hours later she was to uncover this was a dreadful mistake.  Fleeing the wedding with just her honeymoon suitcase she arrived in the small village of Betws-y-Coed in Wales to take on a small nursing job caring for a professor who had recently received surgery on his eyes to repair rapidly failing eyesight due to a cataracts condition.

Professor Derry Yeats somehow had managed to get to his late Uncle’s cottage in Betws-y-Coed to recover from his op and was living off baked beans and whiskey.  He was slowly drinking himself to death and was very melancholic with his situation when Mabel turned up on his doorstep.  He couldn’t see this young woman that had soon turned his daily care into an almost military fashion.  He sensed her warmth and professionalism with the care she gave him however, as he had lost his sight his other senses were on high alert and he could feel sadness within Mabel.

During these first few days in Wales Mabel was adjusting to what she had just done and couldn’t help wondering what her next steps would be for her future.  Could she go back to Dublin to her husband Henry?

Mabel and Derry were becoming close and when the weather took a turn for the worse they were reliant on each other even more for companionship.

We follow Mabel’s journey fleeing Dublin and crossing the Irish Sea to the little village in Wales.  Her journey is an emotional struggle for her coming to terms with the events at the wedding.  When she meets Derry she becomes confused with her growing feelings for him.

Jenny O’Brien has developed such a wonderful start to this story and I had completely fallen in love with both Mabel and Derry’s characters.  They were both intelligent people with a lot of vulnerability hidden behind their bravado.  My heart was warming to their blossoming friendship and then BOOM! a dreadful event shakes their relationship and my emotions are tumbled into a freefall.  I felt my heart breaking at this point, it was just so touching and beautiful with alot of unspoken words.

The story continues 5 years on from this point and Mabel’s life is very different.  The light and warmth that were emerging back in Wales are now a distant memory with the dark days she is facing now.  She hasn’t seen Derry in 5 years but when her father takes ill and needs an urgent operation his new consultant happens to be Professor Derry Yeats.

Mabel and Derry are surprised and shocked to see each other again.  Derry hasn’t forgotten how he found love during his dark days and seeing Mabel again only reiterates how much he has missed Mabel.

Can the pair turn their unhappy ever afters into a future filled with love?

Another beautiful, heartfelt book from Jenny taking my emotions on a rollercoaster of a ride.  I feel very honoured to be acknowledged at the beginning of this book.  Jenny’s stories have touched my heart and she has been a wonderful find for my love of reading.  5/5*

Irish Girl Trilogy is a series of books following the lives of three nurses living and working in St Justin’s Hospital, Dublin.

Book 1 follows Liddy and Mitch – Ideal Girl
Book 2 follows Grainne and Ruari – Girl Descending
Book 3 follows Mabel and Derry – Unhappy Ever After Girl

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Cover Reveal: Unhappy Ever After Girl (Irish Medical Romance 3) by Jenny O’Brien

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I’m delighted to share the new cover and title of Jenny O’Brien’s latest book in the Irish Medical Romance series.  Unhappy Ever After Girl is the 3rd book in this series and is due to be published on the 3rd June 2016.

To pre-order link:

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Mabel Frederick (Freddie for short) has it all, or at least she thinks she has. She’s about to marry Henry, the most amazing man. A man who’s all set to follow in her father’s footsteps as deacon of St Eilidh’s. She also has a job she loves, working on the eye unit of St Justin’s, and the best friends a girl could ask for.

What she doesn’t have is Henry’s love, something she only finds out after the wedding.
Her friends come to the rescue by arranging a private nursing job for her across the Irish Sea in Betws-y-Coed.

Professor Derry Yeats doesn’t have it all. He had never thought of his life in measurements of happiness as he was too busy as one of Ireland’s top heart surgeons. If he were to measure his happiness before Mabel he’d have rated it as less than zero. What use was a blind surgeon being treated in Betws-y-Coed to anyone?

Can Derry and Mabel turn their Unhappy Ever After into Happy Ever After or will fate intervene?

For fans of Giselle Green, Maeve Binchy and Emma Hannigan.

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I’ve been really looking forward to another medical romance from Jenny, I thoroughly enjoyed her first two; Ideal Girl and Girl Descending.  Jenny creates such beautiful, emotive stories with characters to fall in love with.  As soon as I saw this cover I could sense that the girl was lost and the bridge and dog had a big significance in her quest to find happiness.

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Girl Descending (Irish Hospital Romance Book Two) by Jenny O’Brien book review

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Girl Descending (Irish Hospital Romance Book Two) by Jenny O’Brien is available NOW in ebook format.

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She thought she’d left hurt behind.
She’d lost her gran, her fiancé and nearly her life. Could moving from Cork to Dublin herald a new beginning or would it be just more of the same?

Dr Ruari is Proud; not My Darcy proud but there was no way he was going to ask someone out unless she was at least half decent – unlike new nurse Grainne McGuire.
Grainne is prejudiced; not against Ruari, more against all men in general – So would you be if you found your fiancé in bed with your best friend!

Can they work it out or will Pride and Prejudice come between them?

Book Two in an Irish trilogy of stand alone medical romances all set in the fictious St Justin’s. This one will take you from Crumlin and Cork, finally ending up in delightful World’s End (Kinsale).

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I’d like to thank the author, Jenny O’Brien, for an arc in return for an honest review.

This is the second book I’ve read by Jenny, I previously read book one in the Irish Hospital Romance, see my review for Ideal Girl here.  The Irish Hospital Romance books can be read as stand alone novels however, you will find some of the characters from previous stories cropping up.  Book one was just so beautiful, it would be a shame to miss out on reading all the books in the series and I can highly recommend them as beautifully, refreshing love stories with an old fashioned courtship set in a modern world.

Girl Descending was a beautiful, touching love story that is refreshingly more about the friendship and understanding than lust.  I was totally swept away with the feelings and emotions expressed within the pages.

This story focuses on Grainne and Ruari.  Grainne has recently moved to Dublin working as an agency nurse for one of the big hospitals in the area.  Grainne is still grieving for her beloved Gran who passed away recently and she is desperately sad and heart broken following the break up of her engagement and from a traumatic event.  Grainne’s sadness and heart ache has led her to move out of her late Gran’s gorgeous, idyllic cottage on the coast in Cork to the city.  She is trying to forget about the past and move on.  Grainne considers herself as quite a plain girl and feels she has nothing outstanding about herself however her extraordinary kindness and aptitude with the patients doesn’t go unnoticed by one of the consultants, Dr Ruari Kelly.

Ruari is nicknamed Dr Roar by all the nurses in the hospital due to his good looks and charm and even Grainne can’t deny his beauty.  After a ‘rocky’ start Grainne and Ruari start spending time together, only as friends, as Grainne point blank refuses to get into any relationship with any man to avoid being hurt again.  Grainne isn’t Ruari’s usual type, although just lately he can’t remember what his usual type is.  He is tired and fed up with casual relationships.  He sees something in Grainne that captures him, he sees a sadness, a hurt that he wishes to heal.

We follow Grainne and Ruari’s story in how love becomes more that just a physical attraction.  We discover Grainne’s heart breaking and traumatic past.  A truly beautiful journey that was refreshingly honest, with old fashioned values and very emotive.  5/5* read.

I’d like to share one of my favourite quotes from the book:

“They eased apart, still touching with their eyes, their hands, their souls”.

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Ideal Girl by Jenny O’Brien book review

Ideal Girl

Ideal Girl is a self-published ebook by Jenny O’Brien and is available NOW.

To buy link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ideal-Girl-Christmas-Romance-Hospital-ebook/dp/B014RQAGVA/ref=la_B014TN5SKK_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1448268222&sr=1-1

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Set in Dublin over Christmas a story to pull at your hears strings

Advanced praise for Ideal Girl
A nice modern romance which does not rely on the ‘sexfactor’.
Writing that’s fresh and sparkling

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A recent poll by dating APP Lovoo has revealed The Ideal Girlfriend – She’s a 5ft 5″ dark haired Irish nurse!’ Daily Mail, February 2014.

Student Nurse Liddy Murphy is meant to be this Ideal Girl, but up until now all the men she’s met have been frog types. Will Professor Mitch Merrien change her view or turn into another damp amphibian? It takes two countries and two men for her to find true love and heal her broken heart.

Ideal girl is the first in a series of romantic novels, which find old fashioned girls thrown into modern day settings.

All set in the fictitious Dublin hospital of St Justin’s staff not only have to cope with their stressful jobs, they also have to cope with the mire that is ‘pre- relationship hell!IMG_1234

I’d like to thank the author, Jenny O’Brien, for an arc in return for an honest review.

This is the first book I’ve read by Jenny, after reading the synopsis I was intrigued to read more.

Liddy is in her final year as a student nurse at one of the busy hospitals in Dublin.  She has suffered in the past with the men in her life and is reluctant to share her heart with anyone now.  Liddy doesn’t think of herself as ‘a catch’ but a recent poll in the Daily Mail has declared her as the Ideal Girl, much to the amusement of her work colleagues.  She’s a lovely, curvy girl with a mass of dark curls that is dedicated to her nursing especially on the brain injury wards.

Mitch Merrien is the new professor at the hospital and he literally bumps into Liddy one morning.  For the rest of the day he can’t stop thinking of this emerald eyed girl. His friend points out that Liddy is the Ideal Girl as per the poll and that he should ask her out.  Liddy is not his usual date, for starters she doesn’t have blonde hair or long legs but there is something about Liddy that Mitch can’t forget.  Mitch is a professor on the brain injury ward and he can’t help bumping into her again during ward rounds.

Liddy and Mitch soon start building up a friendship but when their friendship starts to develop into more tragedy strikes.  Can love find a way through all the heartache?

I absolutely adored this story.  It was fun, flirty, romantic, tragic, emotionally heartbreaking at times but also very heartwarming.  There is a point in the story that left my heart beating fast and I was gripped to find out the outcome from this turn in the tale.

A brilliant book I would thoroughly recommend 5/5*.

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