Another wonderful book by the author. This time the tone is a bit different, the theme another, and yet you will find a lot of love, passion, desire, and that it is worth to risk it all if true love is what you will get out of it on the other end. A disastrous divorce, a mother who is embarrassing her daughter every time they meet, and a man who is patient as hell, what more do you want as the basis for a beautiful novel? All this and much more you find in this beautiful novel - and believe me, you will have a hard time putting it away.

Ein Sommergarten In Manhattan*
by Sarah Morgan
From Manhattan With Love Series #2
Original Title Sunset In Central Park
Publisher Mira TB on June 12, 2017
Genre Novel
Pages 411
Format Paperback
Source Publisher

Love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Cole. After witnessing the fallout of her parents´ divorce, she´s seen the devastation an overload of emotion can cause. The only man she feels comfortable with is her friend Matt – but that´s strictly platonic. If only she found it easier to ignore the way he makes her heart race … Matt Walker has loved Frankie for years but, sensing how fragile she is beneath her feisty exterior, has always played it cool. But then he uncovers new depths to the girl he´s known forever and doesn´t want to wait a moment longer. He knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can Matt persuade her to trust him with her heart and kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?
Frankie doesn´t believe in love. Sex yes, but since she knows that she is a disaster even in that field she frankly lives the life of a nun. She doesn´t like the fact that there are many weddings during the summer and that her company is organizing some of them. Why planning a huge wedding when the divorce is already in sight? What a waste of money and other things. And when Matts steps into the picture and she has to learn that her own feelings aren´t as platonic as she thought they´d be, the chaos inside her is completely throwing her off balance.

What I liked about this book was that the other figures, Paige, Eva, and Jake were also to see in the story again. Not as often as I would have loved it, but they were there and brought some other perspective into the novel. Sarah Morgan has a beautiful sensitive way to bring up topics about the damage a bitter divorce can have on a young teenager. She writes about all the pain, the despair, the loss, and how it feels for a young girl to be neglected by her own father. But don´t think that all this happens with one kitschy word in it. Oh no. Sarah Morgan knows how to avoid that and the pictures she is creating in the reader´s mind are so beautiful and sometimes breathtaking, that you can´t anything else but feel for Frankie and smile about her sometimes very cynical words, thoughts or what she does to avoid any relationship besides the one she has with her plants.

Frankie is a totally different type of woman, compared to her two friends Paige and Eva. She is as realistic as you can imagine, pragmatic and love is something she denies exists. Holding every man at bay she is as passionate about flowers and gardening as she is when it comes to her refusing every man that could possibly think about her becoming his girlfriend. Why invest in love if that feeling never lasts and in the end, it is nothing but pain, hate, and despair? But with Matt, she feels safe. Until she learns that there is more between him and her. Way more. All of a sudden she has butterflies in her stomach, can´t speak when he is near, and feels her face blush. For her, totally embarrassing. For him, pure pleasure.

This novel was in another way very touching, emotional, and moving. The author knows perfectly well how to write about a deeply hurt teenager who becomes a woman with a serious problem. The sensitive writing style is beautiful to read and though it didn´t move me as the first book did, I really enjoyed reading it. For all Sarah Morgan fan a great novel.

Happy reading

*This book was kindly provided to me by Mira TB in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thank you. Therefore, the cover of the German edition is shown first in this review.

*This book was published Sunset in Central Park in the UK by Mira on July 14, 2016

*This book was published Sunset in Manhattan in the US by Harlequin on August 30, 2016

Sarah Morgan
Sarah Morgan ©Rosanna Hancock Photography

Sarah Morgan dreamed as a child of being a writer and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living her dream. She loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying. Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance with humor and sensuality. She has sold over 14 million copies of her books and was nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America which she won twice; in 2012 and 2013. She also won the RT Reviewers´ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their `Top Pick´ slot. Together with her husband and children she lives near London, England.


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