Synopses & Reviews
A quirky and quick-witted girl moves to Manhattan and holds on for dear life.
Emily Hinton needs out. She comes from a small town in California where the church handbell choir concert passes for a decent way to spend a Saturday and she's known all the boys since kindergarten. She dreams of sophisticated people, love, and Louis Vuitton. When she lands a job at the world-famous publishing house Morrow & Sons in New York, she knows that she is finally on her way. She packs her bags, says good-bye, and sets out for Manhattan, where she will fit in, even if it kills her.
In spite of her naïveté, she quickly becomes friends with the girls at work and begins to learn a thing or two about how things are done in Manhattan. She soon attracts the attention of the handsome Bennett and is swept into a whirlwind romance, but an overnight visit to his parents' home at Thanksgiving and his seemingly idle flirtations with one of her colleagues give her second thoughts about what Bennett really wants. Her uncertainty about her feelings escalates when one of the hometown boys she left behind reappears in her life. Emily's days at the office are also becoming complicated: an ambitious editor is breaking all the rules to publish a controversial book that demeans everything she believes in. Will she stand up for what she knows is right and risk losing it all?
Balancing her passion for the glamour of New York City with her determination to live by her morals turns out to be much more difficult than Emily ever imagined. Her roundabout quest for happiness will endear her to anyone who has ever dreamed of making it big, and faced more than a few pitfalls along the way.
"When smalltown California native Emily Hinton lands an editorial assistant position at a 'world-famous' publishing house, she hangs a Bible verse in her cubicle, vows not to get drunk on weekends and begins her quest to build a glamorous and Christian life in the Big Apple. Her first day results in a meet-cute with one of the company's only other Christians, putative 'total goody-goody' Bennett Edward Wyeth III, and pretty soon Emily and Bennett are an item. Enter, via e-mail, her elementary school crush, Jacob, who writes cleverly charming missives even as Bennett's stock is falling because his faith starts to seem insincere. But Emily's own faith is never explored: isn't there more to religion than prohibitions against heavy petting and Jell-O shots? The only convincingly devout Christian around is Emily's uncle, Matthew, who runs a mission in Times Square. Emily natters on, never seeming spiritual so much as prissy and pious, and by the time things come to a head Emily's boss considers publishing an anti traditional marriage screed, and she must decide whether to protest or to stay quiet most readers will have had enough of her. Agent, Claudia Cross at Sterling Lord Literistic. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Christian readers hungry for chick-lit may appreciate the effort, but it's hard to imagine anyone else enjoying this generally irritating entry." Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Anne Dayton graduated from Princeton University and is currently earning her masters in English literature at New York University.
May Vanderbilt graduated from Baylor University and went on to earn a masters degree in fiction from Johns Hopkins University. They both work in the editorial department of a large New York publishing house and live in Brooklyn.