“When Catherine Lambert, an effortlessly chic Parisian lawyer, receives an offer to transfer to the New York office of her prestigious firm, she unhesitatingly accepts. A dedicated follower of fashion and everything stylish, she is determined to conquer the high-flying world of Manhattan law — and love. Catherine’s dreams of glamour fizzle quickly, however, when she is faced with the hard realities of her profession. The pressure of billable hours, the incessant demands of her impossible bosses, the conspiracies of two malicious secretaries and the advances of the lecherous client prompt her to question her career choice. But then she meets Jeffrey Richardson, a powerful client, and her New York life takes on the romance she’d hoped it would — until an unexpected request forces Catherine to re-evaluate the exclusive world she’s chosen for herself.
With its insider’s perspective on the dirty deals and intrigue that have darkened Wall Street’s reputation, J’adore New York is a bright and funny take on the lives and laws of New York’s most powerful players.”
Fashion, New York and a dash of France…I was extremely excited to read J’adore New York. I mean look at the stunning cover- it simply screamed Stiletto Storytime (can’t you see the great pair she would be wearing with that ensemble?). However I have to admit to being a bit disappointed. The novel felt a bit disjointed at times due to the main character and her somewhat conflicting wants vs. actions. While at first I could relate to Catherine…soon she was doing things that simply did not make sense when put in line with what her priorities supposedly were. There was also a bit too much legalese for my taste. Every other page seemed to be full of legal jargon in great amounts with no real contribution to the novel. There was also a bit of predictability about the plot that while I didn’t mind it, left me feeling like I knew the ending at the beginning.
However despite these flaws I did enjoy the book. It was a good read, maybe just not the best. I loved how fashion played into the work and how Catherine and her french origins were interwoven seamlessly into the novel…perhaps I even wish there had been a bit more of that. (I would think a Paris to New York transition might be a bit more complex and not so automatic.)We are also given no details of Catherine’s past or background. We just know she is from Paris…end of story-she’s French. I did enjoy the romances and the male lead characters…even if they were a bit predictable as I mentioned before.
In the end….if you like fashion and are a bit of a Francophile…you might enjoy J’adore New York. However it may not suit many that are drawn to the chick lit genre or seduced by what the cover seems to offer.
J’adore New York will be released in the United States on October 4, 2011.