I didn’t think I would enjoy the story of “A Winter in New York” because many romance novels are overly sweet and silly. However, this one surprised me with its focus on personal struggles and discovery. The characters felt real, going through genuine challenges. There was a lot of love, both from family and romantically. I found myself smiling, chuckling, and even shedding a few tears. I could feel their joy and pain, and it was all worth it. I especially liked the realistic New York setting
Description of the Book:
A Winter in New York Book Synopsis:
A young chef stumbles on a secret family recipe that might lead her to the love—and life—she’s been looking for in this stunning novel.
When Iris decides to move to New York to restart her life, she realizes she underestimated how big the Big Apple really is—all the nostalgic movies set in New York she’d watched with her mom while eating their special secret-recipe gelato didn’t quite do it justice.
But Bobby, Iris’s best friend, isn’t about to let her hide away. He drags her to a famous autumn street fair in Little Italy, and as they walk through the food stalls, a little family-run gelateria catches her eye—could it be the same shop that’s in an old photo of her mother’s?
Curious, Iris returns the next day and meets the handsome Gio, who tells her that the shop is in danger of closing. His uncle, sole keeper of their family’s gelato recipe, is in a coma, so they can’t make more. When Iris samples the last remaining batch, she realizes that their gelato and her gelato are one and the same. But how can she tell them she knows their secret recipe when she’s not sure why Gio’s uncle gave it to her mother in the first place?
Iris offers her services as a chef to help them re-create the flavor and finds herself falling for Gio and his family. But when Gio’s uncle finally wakes up, all of the secrets Iris has been keeping threaten to ruin the new life—and new love—she’s been building all winter long.
Book Quotes That We Like:
“Life is just so damn complicated, isn’t it, a series of random coincidences and chance meetings that add up to a lifetime.”
“There are lots of those pieces—my career, my self-worth, my confidence, the things that made me feel like me. I imagine them all lined up on the shelf of an emotional lost-property office waiting for me to reclaim them. I will. I am. Slowly, but I am.”
“Don’t feel guilty for remembering the bad stuff as well as the good, people don’t become saints just because they do.”
“Sometimes it’s the letting go of the things that sets you free, Iris.
“I’m a round-limbed child coloring pictures backstage at one of her shows, I’m a grouchy teenager sharing popcorn at the cinema beside her, I’m a frightened daughter holding her dying mother’s hand.”
“Don’t overthink stuff, what happens happens.”Josie Silver, A Winter in New York
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