i really enjoyed this book. it has good character development and holds your interes. Since I teach, I enjoy "escape" reading, but don't like the predictable romance type. This is an entertaining read.
If you have never been to NYC you will love the visiual trip this book takes you on. Of course, the story is inspirational, too, for anyone raising a preteen daughter and all the joy and trials that can bring. These two ideas are secondary to the love story, though and that alone is worth the read !
MomLit. Libby is admissions director for a good private school in Manhattan and the mother of a teen. Ned is a widower and father of a young boy who starts the admission process to the school without his father's knowledge. Good read, comfortable.
Libby Kimmelman hasn't really let someone get close since her husband left her and their young daughter. Widower Ned Donovan has moved to New York in search of a new beginning. Their paths cross when Ned's son, Eric, applies to the prestigious private school at which Libby is the admissions director. Ned, an architect, offers to strip Libby's fireplace, and soon he is chipping away at Libby's cool exterior as well as the layers of enamel that coat the marble mantle. This novel's strength lies in its realistic characters. Arnold doesn't ignore the difficulties of dating as a single parent; Libby and Ned put their children first, even when it threatens their own relationship. The kids are smart and funny without being obnoxiously precocious, and Libby's ex-sister-in-law, Vivienne, colorful and meddling, provides comic relief.
A light romance about a divorced woman Libby, who lives in an old but lovely apartment in NY City with her 13 year old daughter Reva. Libby is administrator of admissions at a posh upper-class school, and as such has a certain air of pseudo snobbishness. Ned Donovan, father of ten year old Eric, is hoping against hope to enroll his son in said school, in spite of the fact that he cannot possibly afford it. Ned is an architectural contractor, in other words, a "fixer upper." Ned and Libby meet, have a steamy hot romance, etc, etc. And the rest is history. A pretty good beach read, and fairly entertaining if you skip a lot of the juvenile stuff. I gave it a three and a half.
If you like architecture, renovating old buildings and romance, this is the story for you. An architect who prefers the hands on side of renovating falls for the admissions director at an exclusive private school. They meet when the architect finds out his 10-year old son has applied to the school without his permission. He goes to the school to explain to the admissions director and ends up falling for her.