Title: Miracle on 5th Avenue
Author: Sarah Morgan
Published: November 29th 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Books Australia
Genres: Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Women’s Fiction
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?
Mrs R’s review:
Miracle on 5th Avenue is the third book in Sarah Morgan’s feel good From Manhattan With Love series. This series is all told in the first person about three best friends Paige, Frankie and Eva who are also business partners. They own an events and concierge company called Urban Genie. The first book is Sleepless in Manhattan which is Paige’s story and the second is Frankie’s story, Sunset in Central Park. Miracle on 5th Avenue is Paige’s tale. It may be the third but it still works as a stand alone novel as Sarah thoughtfully interweaves the back story. The next three are New York, Actually, Holiday in the Hamptons and lastly, Moonlight Over Manhattan.
From the moment that I saw the front cover, I knew that Miracle on 5th Avenue would be an unashamedly romantic account of Eva’s journey to finding true love. The illustration is of people ice skating at night in Central Park, the lights of New York city buildings and the many trees twinkling with lights. True to character, Eva is looking on from a distance. Romance is not the only theme though. Grief is a huge part of the story arc for the two leads, Eva and Lucas. They both deal with it in very different ways as every person reacts differently to death. A smaller theme that is gently and thoughtfully dealt with is the Christmas is often a difficult time of year for many and may lead to thoughts of suicide.
‘Be the sunshine, not the rain’, is the perfect description of Eva. She is a glass half full person, seeing the best in everyone and in every situation. I think this is wonderful because she is portrayed to be physically similar to Marilyn Monroe. With men who are only interested in her body, Eva has acquired the perfect comebacks to put these men in their place. She could have easily been a dumb blonde character but she is very smart. Sarah has made her even more fascinating woman by hinting that she is an empath.
Eva finds herself in the fortunate situation of being able to live in a penthouse for a few days. Urban Genie has been hired by the famous crime author, Lucas Blade’s, grandmother, to make his penthouse ready for Christmas as he is meant to be writing in Vermont. This involves house sitting for a few days. Unknown to Lucas’s family though, he is holed up in the penthouse, suffering from major writer’s block. From the moment that Eva arrives to find Lucas hiding in the penthouse sparks immediately fly. It’s definitely a case of opposites attract! Lucas initially came across as a glass half empty man who is spiky and distrustful of those around him. Initially, Eva believes that being a crime writer has given him a disjointed view of the world around him. Over a short period of time, Eva discovers that it’s not that simple and that there is more to him than meets the eye.
If you’re in the mood for some Christmas cheer or need to read an uplifting book, pick up Miracle on 5th Avenue now!
Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan was published on November 29th 2016 by Harlequin Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
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