Pages: 264 pgs
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Ted Skala and Erika Fredell were the perfect New Jersey high school sweethearts. Like many teens, Ted and Erika spent plenty of time in parked cars under the stars, but there was so much more between them than the chemistry that ignited their courtship, and Ted couldn't imagine a life without Erika. By graduation he was ready to get engaged. Erika, however, was ready to spread her wings, and faraway she flew to college. She broke his heart. She sailed the world.
Fast forward fifteen years. Living in Manhattan, Erika successfully climbs the corporate ladder but her love life stinks. Ted is also living the life of a successful businessman in Manhattan, and he's involved in a serious relationship. Problem is, he still cannot get Erika out of his system. When fate intervenes and their paths cross, the result is emotionally explosive and that old black magic is back with the force of a super nova. But Erika once ravaged his heart: How can Ted ever trust her again? And now that he's seriously involved with another woman, how can Erika hope for a second chance with the man she never should have let go?
Meet Me in Manhattan is a classic love story that is told as only Judith Arnold can tell it. With a deep grasp of the complexities of the human heart, this acclaimed author explores Ted Skala and Ericka Fredell's compelling true story of a lost love unexpectedly found again.
Before I start with the review, I am going to pass on some practical advice: when you are writing something, press save occasionally. It's not difficult and it saves you some heartache. I tried posting this before and my browser died and I lost the whole darn thing.
To the review: I am usually not a fan of romance that even touches on reality. I prefer the completely unrelatable and unrealistic world of rakes, rogues, highlander warriors and damsels in distress. But for some reason these True Vows books really appealed to me.
Ted and Erika’s story was sweet and relatable. It was a simple story of lost love found again that was really high on the “Awww” factor. I really identified with Erika. She was so realistic even in high school. I admired that she had her ambitions and stuck to them even though the love of her life wanted to marry her. I know…I know….that was totally not the point of the book but for someone cynical and realistic like me, it made perfect sense. I also felt for Ted and how heartbreaking it must have been for him when Erika went to Colorado for college but I think sometimes you appreciate good things more if you have to wait for them.
My favorite part of this book was that it was not fluffy. You would think that a book based on a real life relationship would be saccharine and idealized but I found Meet Me in Manhattan to be pleasantly sweet with just the right amount of realism to make it appealing. The writing and the characterizations were appealing and interesting. You sometimes forget that the novel is based on real people and real events.