Published by HQN Books on November 29th 2016
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Look for Miracle on 5th Avenue, the exciting new novel from Sarah Morgan, available from HQN books Nov 29, 2016. Pre-order your copy today!
It will take a Christmas miracle for two very different souls to find each other in this perfectly festive fairy tale of New York!
Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she's given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn't expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous—and mysterious—owner.
Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife's death looming, he's isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn't appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Miracle on 5th Avenue is the third book in the ‘From Manhattan With Love’ series by Sarah Morgan. I haven’t read the other books in the series, but this one was easily read as a stand alone story.
It’s a lovely feel good story about completely opposite people finding themselves attracted to each other. They may be complete opposites but they do have one commonality, and that is that they both have lost somebody that they love. Grief is their bond.
Eva Jordan’s grandmother passed away at Christmas time a year ago. She pretty much brought Eva up, and so it was a double blow when she passed away because Eva felt like she was losing a mother too. Her grandmother loved Christmas and she passed that love onto Eva. Eva loves every little thing about the festive season, even the freezing cold New York winters. She’s a hopeless romantic too, but she’s currently single.
Lucas Blade is an author, his genre being crime thrillers. He’s famous for his books and his publisher and agent are eagerly awaiting his completion of his latest novel ready for a Christmas release. They don’t realise he is having a huge problem with the book….he hasn’t started it! His wife died 3 years ago at Christmas time, and ever since then he has made sure his books have been completed completely before then. The closer the season draws the less he is able to concentrate. This year, he hasn’t been able to start writing until late, too late. He can’t even begin to think of a synopsis, he is absolutely blocked.
He isn’t at all pleased then to discover that Eva has been employed by his grandmother to spend a weekend in his penthouse apartment, putting up Christmas decorations and cooking glorious meals for him to eat at his leisure once he returns from a weekend away supposedly writing. He isn’t pleased because for one, he hates Christmas, and secondly, he hasn’t actually gone away. He is at his apartment when Eva turns up. He wants peace and quiet to attempt to write, and with Eva there he knows there is no way he is going to get it. She’s one very talkative woman.
Their meeting is a brilliantly funny one, and from that point on I just knew the book was going to be an absolute joy to read. Will Eva’s bright sunny disposition rub off on Lucas, or will his jaded look at life snuff out her sunshine? The weekend that they are forced to spend together is fraught with a lot of soul searching, some terribly funny moments, some lustful moments, and some rather sad moments too. Lucas believes he has found his writing muse because ideas for his book come flying to the fore once he meets Eva, but can they spend so much time together without falling in love. Something that neither of them particularly want.
I can’t recommend this book enough, especially if like me you love the idea of Christmas in New York. The setting is perfect, the couple are likeable, and Lucas’ grandmother, well she is just the sweetest, most wicked (in a good way) grandmother that you could ever want to read about.
I recommend this book 100% and fully intend to go back and read the other books in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.