Friday, January 28, 2011

Star Book Review: Everleigh in NYC by Cathleen Holst

Everleigh in NYC by Cathleen Holst 

Have you ever dreamed that you had supernatural powers or abilities? I’m not talking about flying or being able to teleport or zap somebody (although, don’t get me wrong; if that stuff could happen, it’d be pretty out of this world!). No, I’m talking more about those supernatural talents that might be considered a little closer to the realm of our Earthly reality. How about predicting the future or mind reading? I mean, come on, you see them in the Yellow Pages, TV advertisements, commercials and around town all the time –psychics, fortune tellers, tarot card readers – so why not you? What if you woke up one day and crossed someone’s path and suddenly realized that you were “reading” that person’s mind? Ever think something like that could really happen? Well, that’s exactly what did happen to Everleigh Carlisle, lead heroine of Cathleen Holst’s debut novel, Everleigh in NYC.

On a sweltering night during Mardi Gras, after a few too many drinks, Everleigh and bff, Christina, decided to visit a high voodoo priestess to learn about Everleigh’s destiny. Unbeknownst to Everleigh, an unspoken wish is granted, and soon all kinds of events start happening that she never dreamed possible. Suddenly, Everleigh's whole world is turned upside down - she walks in to find her longtime boyfriend making out with her (old) best friend, gets hired by a prominent New York based Fashion magazine and meets Mr. Right. Trouble is, Mr. Right is also her boss and she can hear his thoughts; and those thoughts all seem to be about her! Always one to rise above the pressures of life, Everleigh doesn’t allow herself to get too flustered by any of this and dives headfirst into what she does best and she works, and works and works and works.

After the move of her life, from Atlanta, Georgia to the Big City of New York, will Everleigh ever figure out her place in the world? Or what (or who) it is exactly that she wants? Is it the high-speed, glossy lifestyle offered by NYC? The comfort, familiarity, and peacefulness of home in Atlanta? Will she ever find "the one"? Read the entire story to find out these answers and more as Everleigh embarks on a search for self and the adventure of her life.

Everleigh in NYC was an excellent debut novel from author Cathleen Holst. I am so happy that I bought this book. It's a definite keeper - a roller coaster ride of romance, business, drama, conflict, excitement, surprise and a whole lot more. So fun, you won't want to skip a single sentence.

You can find out more about what Cathleen Holst is up to on her web site at or check out the wonderful Author Interview she did with me on my blog at

Rating: 4/5 Stars


  1. Yay to Cathleen! I read the first few pages of Everleigh in NYC and absolutely loved it. Can't wait to read the rest!

  2. :-) I love your blog! I'm going to follow & come back for all things chicklit. I'm sure I'll learn a lot!

  3. How fun to find a wonderful book from a debut author :)

  4. Thanks to all who commented! I love to hear others opinions and feedback. I couldn't agree more - it's so fantastic to find a new author with a great read - and I love passing it on to others:)