BOOK CLUB: Manhattan Dreaming

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Manhattan Dreaming by Anita Heiss is part of a series of four books. The first two books link together, but this one is easy to read as a stand-alone.

Lauren is in what seems to be a very one-sided relationship. Her guy Adam is a footy player and his social media presence is disturbing to her. There always seems to be a bounty of beauties all over him, and new scandals being plastered all over the media.

When Lauren is offered an amazing opportunity to move to New York for a year and work at the Smithsonian, she feels all her dreams have come true.  Except for Adam, who doesn’t seem to really care too much about what she does. He makes it very clear that he won’t be sitting and waiting for her return.

After much emotional searching, Lauren leaves for New York. But, even though she ended her relationship with Adam, she’s still clinging to hope.

She still checks his social media and sends him the odd message from time to time which he either answers briefly or not at all.  Laurens’s job is amazing and the excitement of New York and the local males that show their interest in her help to take her mind off Adam from time to time.

As her time in New York nears its end she battles with her emotions.  Could she still have something with Adam?  Or should she focus on one of the New York suitors?

I really enjoyed this book and love how Anita allows her lead characters to be perfectly imperfect.

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading Manhattan Dreaming by Anita Heiss. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.

8 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Manhattan Dreaming

  1. Thank you, Beauty & Lace, for allowing me to read & review ‘Manhattan Dreaming’ by Anita Heiss.
    Lauren really likes Adam, the local footy player with the easy smile, but is he really the right guy for her? Lauren is offered a fellowship in New York at the Smithsonian, a dream job full of potential. Adam is not bothered about her move, and things end between them. As Lauren settles into life in New York where she meets many potential suitors, she still holds onto the dream she once had with Adam.
    His visit to New York sets her heart going, but is this the rhythm she wants to take for the rest of her life? I enjoyed this book and the realistic and flawed characters; the ending was an unexpected, nice touch. Thank you ‘Beauty & Lace Bookclub’ for the opportunity to read ‘Manhattan Dreaming’ by Anita Heiss.

  2. Manhattan Dreaming by Anita Heiss is another fabulous, empowering, entertaining laugh out read that can be read as a stand-alone or along with her previous 2 books.
    Meet Lauren Lucas – a curator at the National Art Gallery in Canberra. She is extremely focused and excels at her job and also focuses on her boyfriend Adam who is the half back for the team Canberra Cockatoos. Lauren knows that Adam is a player with the ladies and is frustrated because as far as she’s concerned Adam is the one for her and wants him to feel the same way about her.
    Because Lauren excels at her job her boss offers her a promotion of the lifetime – a fellowship at the Smithsonian in New York. Laurne finds herself opting for the job in Manhattan – partly hoping that it’ll be the wake-up call Adam needs and partly because it’s her dream job.
    A huge thankyou to Beauty and Lace Bookclub and Simon & Schuster for my copy of Manhattan Dreaming.

  3. Manhattan Dreaming by Wiradyuri author Anita Heiss, is the third book in a series of three, but easy to read as a stand-alone and by far my favourite in the series.
    Lauren is young, beautiful, intelligent and successful in her career, but in love with footballer Adam who is a player and not interested in settling down. After accepting a visiting curator fellowship at the Smithsonian in New York for 12 months Lauren is finally able to move past Adam and ultimately finds love where she least expected it.
    An easy to read, fun and interesting novel with an engaging storyline and likeable and relatable characters, this one is a winner. Thank you Beauty and Lace and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review Manhattan Dreaming.

  4. Manhattan Dreaming by Anita Heiss is book 3 in and three book series. We follow Lauren who is in a one sided relationship with Adam the footy player his social media always has photos of him with beauties around. Lauren is then offered a 12 month contract at the Smithsonian and breaks off her relationship with Adam as he doesn’t care if she stays or goes but makes it clear he’s not waiting for her she sends him messages periodically but does she end get back with Adam or move on completely again you’ll need to find out yourself you won’t be disappointed

  5. Well, I read these books completely out of sequence but you know what, doesn’t matter. This book, like the others can be read as a stand alone.
    I adored this book. We follow Lauren, who is in an unhealthy relationship with Adam (a big man child footballer)…it’s sad to read at times but I think we’ve all been there to some extent.
    The ending was just divine though.
    Highly recommended this series!
    5/5 stars

  6. Lauren is driven and good at what she does, well at least when she is at work, not so good with the boys… Adam, her partner, is a footballer, womaniser and hot hot hot…
    Supported by honest friends, brutally honest, she reviews her position in her relationship, but he is in her blood now, so hard to remove herself from him… Maybe life has an answer for this?
    An opportunity for her to have a sea change, over seas from Australia to New York, New York! Fear would have her stay, but with friendly support and the need for distance from Adam, yes, she would go.
    Lauren finds her American experience amazing, so much difference from Australia, and finally, FINALLY, Adam seems to finally want her….. perhaps?
    Another good read from Anita Heiss, thank you, and thank you for Beauty & Lace for the chance to read.

  7. Manhattan Dreaming by Anita Heiss is book 3 in and three book series. It can be read as a stand alone and is part of the chick lit genre. Not my usual style of book to read but I enjoyed the characters and the storyline.

    Thankyou Beauty and Lace, and Simon and Schuster for the opportunity to read and review another amazing book by Anita Heiss

  8. This story follows Lauren, a proud Wiradjuri wow woman and working as a top art curator for the National Aboriginal Gallery in Canberra. She is also hopelessly in love with a professional rugby league player, Adam, , but every other weekend in the paper there is a picture of another girl (or two) on his arm.
    Lauren is offered the dream of a lifetime in New York, which she takes all the while hanging on to the hope that Adam is “the one”, it was baffling to why she would be happy to settle with him.
    It was a reasonably predictable romance novel,. The ending was a bit of a rapid wrap , but it was an entertaining read and an easy read- the perfect beach read really. There is some clunky dialogue throughout, bearing in mind as mentioned in my previous review of the first book, these are rereleased and were written around 13 years ago, the authors writing has evolved beautifully since.

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