Christmas at Tiffany's

CHRISTMAS AT TIFFANY’S

KAREN SWAN

http://karenswan.wix.com/karenswan

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Published date:  October 28, 2014

ISBN-10: 0062364103

ISBN-13: 978-0062364104

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction

Source: Received for a honest review

 

Book Description

In the wake of a heartbreaking betrayal, a young woman leaves the Scottish countryside to find her destiny in three of the most exciting cities in the world—New York, Paris, and London—in this funny and triumphant tale of fulfillment, friendship, and love.

Ten years ago, a young and naïve Cassie married her first serious boyfriend, believing he would be with her forever. Now, her marriage is in tatters and Cassie has no career or home of her own. Though she feels betrayed and confused, Cassie isn’t giving up. She’s going to take control of her life. But first she has to find out where she belongs . . . and who she wants to be.

Over the course of one year, Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland to stay with her best friends living in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris, and London. Exchanging comfort food and mousy hair for a low-carb diet and a gorgeous new look, Cassie tries each city on for size as she searches for the life she’s meant to have . . . and the man she’s meant to love.

My Thoughts

A beautifully written novel narrating the trials and struggles of a young lady trying to rediscover herself.

During a 10 year anniversary party for Cassie and her husband Gil, Cassie discovers a horrible secret.  Her husband is having an affair with one of her closest friends.  And that’s not all.  Upon discovering that her life is in tatters, her three childhood friends vow to help her get back on her feet, rediscover herself, and show her a good time.  Splitting up a year into thirds, Cassie is scheduled to spend 4 months with each friend, in three different, glamorous cities.  When Cassie arrives in her first city, New York, with a fashionista, Kelly, she quickly realizes how different her life truly will be.  Struggling to fit in and assimilate herself to big city life, Cassie seems to change everything: hair, diet, clothes, and friends.  But it’s certainly not all bad.  Cassie develops a lasting friendship with Bas, reconnects with Suzy’s little brother Henry, and even finds romance with a heart throb named Luke.  Henry decides that Cassie needs to experience New York life and develops a list of things for Cassie to do before heading on to her next city, Paris.  Cassie has the time of her life in New York and knows it will be difficult for her to leave, but leave she must.  Arriving in Paris, Cassie stays with uber sophisticated, Anouk, and yet again undergoes some changes in lifestyle.  Henry leaves her another list to direct her towards enjoying her stay and inadvertently leads her to a beautiful friendship with a gruff yet broken chef named Claude, a friendship Cassie can’t imagine life without.  But Paris brings with it difficulty and hardship and when Cassie finally arrives in London to stay with Suzy, she is yet again broken.  Being in London helps to rejuvenate her spirits, especially with Henry there to guide her around and show her how beautiful London can be.  As Henry and Cassie spend time together, old feelings surface, however, timing is not on their side.  Henry is engaged and Cassie’s husband Gil shows back up to try work things out.  Will Cassie choose the security and familiarity of her husband Gil or take a chance on life and choose a city to start over in for good even if it means being without Henry or Gil?

What a wonderful story about finding one’s self after divorce.  I enjoyed the complexity of the story line, with the changing characters and locations, the variety of personalities, and overall theme of triumph.  I struggled in the beginning with the way that Cassie’s friends seemed to be using her as a grown up Barbie doll, but as the story progressed, there was less emphasis on Cassie’s overall appearance and more on her changing personality.  I thoroughly enjoyed Cassie’s transformation and her ability to develop lasting relationships during each phase of the novel.  The brilliance of the lists helped to make Henry an integral part of the novel, while not keeping him an active player throughout the story.  Overall, an excellent read, and I am looking forward to reading more novels by Karen Swan!  Oh, and don’t let the title fool you, this is the perfect “anytime” book!

Rating: 4.5

    Heat Rating:  Sweet

Reviewed by: AprilP

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