I have not read any other books by Sarah Morgan, but I am so glad I read this one. (This is the 6th book in the From Manhattan with Love series). It was a delightful read.
This book is about Harriet, a dog walker who is shy and introverted (I can relate!) and she has implemented “Challenge Harriet” project to try and break out of her shell: doing one thing a day that is outside of her comfort zone. Through this process we find out about her past and her family in a very touching way.
If you have read this genre before, it is evident early on in the book (around the second chapter) that the story will also be about the relationship between Harriet and the handsome doctor who treats her ankle (that she hurts while escaping from an ill-fated internet date).
The relationship could have felt contrived, but the author did a great job in not making it seem natural. The conflicting feelings of the characters felt real. I definitely got invested in the characters and was rooting for them.
The thing I really liked about this book is that the characters had history, especially Harriet. We learn about those and the struggles she has had to overcome. This wasn’t done in a maudlin or tragic way, and it really helped me to ‘buy in’ to the story.
If you enjoy romance stories, (and dogs!) then this is a book for you. If you have read any of the author’s other books, you know the charm of her writing. If you haven’t read any of the others in this series, you could definitely start with this one (and not feel lost)!
I rated this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
Full disclosure: I received this eARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review. (Thanks NetGalley!)