From the author of Tully, The Bronze Horseman and Tatiana and Alexander, comes a story as emotionally involving and broad in sweep as only Paullina Simons can tell. What if everything you believed about your life was a lie? Meet Lily Quinn. She is broke, struggling to finish college, pay her rent, find love. Adrift in bustling New York City, the most interesting things in Lily's life happen to the people around her. But Lily loves her aimless life ...until her best friend and roommate Amy disappears. That's when Spencer Patrick O'Malley, a cynical, past his prime NYPD detective with demons of his own, enters Lily's world. And a sudden financial windfall which should bring Lily joy instead becomes an ominous portent of the dark forces gathering around her. But fate isn't finished with Lily. She finds herself fighting for her life as Spencer's search for the missing Amy intensifies, leading Lily to question everything she knew about her friend and family. Startling revelations about the people she loves force her to confront truths that will leave her changed forever. From a master storyteller comes a new heart-wrenching, magnificent and unputdownable novel. This is the odyssey of two young women, Lily and Amy, roommates and friends on the verge of the rest of their lives.
About the Author
Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad and emigrated to the United States in 1973. The Girl in Times Square is her seventh novel. She lives in New York with her husband and four children.
Praise for Tully 'Pick up this book and prepare to have your emotions wrung so completely you'll be sobbing your heart out one minute and laughing through your tears the next! Read it and weep -- literally' Praise for Tatiana and Alexander 'This has everything a romance glutton could wish for: a bold, talented and dashing hero, a heart-stopping love affair that nourishes its two protagonists even when they are separated and lost, a long and bitter military campaign, plus personal excavations into the past. It also has -- thank goodness -- a welcome sense of humour and discernable characters rather than ciphers.' Victoria Moore, Daily Mail Praise for The Bronze Horseman 'Pulling off the passionate love story embedded in a truly epic narrative is a difficult thing to do. Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind remains the blueprint for the genre! it's quickly apparent that the Russian-born author Paullina Simons has the measure of this kind of epic romantic saga. The power of her descriptive writing, the vividness of the historical detail and, most of all, the strength of her central characters mark out her novel as a considerable achievement.' Barry Foreshaw, amazon.co.uk 'Pulling off the passionate love story embedded in a truly epic narrative is a difficult thing to do. Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind remains the blueprint for the genre! it's quickly apparent that the Russian-born author Paullina Simons has the measure of this kind of epic romantic saga. The power of her descriptive writing, the vividness of the historical detail and, most of all, the strength of her central characters mark out her novel as a considerable achievement.' Praise for The Bronze Horseman Barry Foreshaw, amazon.co.uk
Paullinna Simons hasn't disappointed me yet. The Girl In Times Square had me reading constantly, and then it was all over too soon. As with Paullina's other characters, The Girl in Times Square puts us in the life of Lily, a young woman that every other can relate to in some way or another; with a storyline that is unexpected and yet enthralling. Thumbs up!!
This was a really sad and emotional story of two interestingly complex, troubled people. The detective Spencer O'Malley is a good cop trying to find Amy, a seemingly normal college girl who has mysteriously disappeared. Although he works hard at his job, he is haunted by his own demons and by his past. Then he meets Amy's room mate, Lily Quinn. Over a period of around a year, Lily goes through some very tough times and learns a lot about herself and her family. All the while, Spencer is right by her side and they become ever closer and fall in love. The story is full of sadness, tragedy, fear and love and raw emotions. Overall, I thought it was a great book!
The storyline of this book is evry different from previous ones authored by Paullina Simons. It has the same very complex characters, and ability to draw out the emotions of the reader, however it has less of the action and adventure that many of her other stories contain. This book features Spencer O'Malley, her detective character from Red Leaves, and I found his character to be far more believable than the indecisive, complex and frustrating main character of Lily. I found the ending of the book very approriate, and still found myself really drawn into the story as it developed.
The Girl in Time Square is one of the best books I have read in a long time. You canít help but fall in love with the characters. It is one of those books that really take you on an emotional roller coaster from the beginning to the end. Highly recommended!
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