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I fell in love with Scarlett O'Brien in From Notting Hill with Love... Actually. She so easily made me laugh, and I adored her love of all things movie related. I was excited to see that there was going to be a sequel, even though we had to wait quite a long time between book one and two.
This story picks up shortly after book one. We find Scarlett and Sean settled into the routine of normal life. You get the impression that things are just that, normal. When a book ends and the characters get their happily ever after, you don't think about how their life is going to now carry on the same way your life does. Work, cooking dinner, taking out the garbage, etc... I wouldn't say Scarlett and Sean are tired of each other or want to move on, it's nothing like that. It's just that you get the idea that Scarlett is a bit.. bored. So Sean suggests that she go to New York to visit her father.
I will be honest to say that at first, I was nervous when Scarlett meets Jamie in New York. I did NOT want this to turn into a love triangle. I couldn't stand the thought of Scarlett being confused over her feelings for Sean, he is so sweet and lovely, I just wanted them happy. However, I was thrilled that it took me no time at all to realize that Scarlett just didn't have those types of feelings for Jamie. Thankfully.
The plot is pretty easy to figure out, but this in no way diminished my enjoyment of the story. I pretty much had everything figured out early on, but McNamara's writing is one that keeps you drawn into the story so knowing what was going to happen didn't bother me.
Oscar, Scarlett's best friend, is along for the trip to New York. He is as outragous and as funny as ever. We get to meet a lot of new characters this time around, of course there is Jamie... but also there is Max, Peter and a very swoonworthy Bradley Cooper. Yes, you read that correctly, THE Bradley Cooper.
As I listened to the audiobook, I would like to add a little about the narrator, Flinty Williams. I adore her voice, and I've become quite a fan of hers. She does an excellent job with the narration, and I couldn't have picked a better voice for Scarlett.
Now the ending... it was of course as sweet as could be. I loved the build up to the big moment, but I have to say I was a little disappointed as it seemed to be a bit abrupt after the build up. If this is going to be the final chapter for Scarlett and Sean, I would have loved to have an epilogue. Something that gave us a peek into their future. However, with that said, I could easily see there being more story to tell here. I haven't seen any talk of there being a third book, but I for one would love to have more.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Scarlett is on another rollercoaster ride this time all over NYC. Can't wait to read installment number 3, not sure who else can crop up.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I had so much enjoyment and fun with this book. I found myself eager to catch up on the next installment each morning.
It was so funny in places and took me on a tour of NYC with surprises around many corners.
English Scarlett's best friend is "out there" Oscar, Sean the boring boyfriend back in the UK, and Jamie is the handsome new "friend" - yes its quite typical chick-lit but it does have some great twists and turns.
With all the various movie and TV references, movie stars, NY landmarks and shops, you feel very familiar with the book.
Cant say much more - dont want to even hint on the big twist but I highly recommend this story, especially if you are planning a trip to NY.
What did you love best about From Notting Hill to New York...Actually?
The colourful descriptions of New York City thruout the book you felt you were there.
What did you like best about this story?
The many different twists, at first I was not sure about this book but once Scarlett and Oscar arrived in NYC I did not want it to end.
Which scene was your favorite?
The last scene the treasure hunt.
Any additional comments?
This was a good easy listen nothing too deep but I really enjoyed it. Real chick lit, if this is the genre you enjoy this is for you.