Title: Miracle On 5th Avenue
Series: From Manhattan With Love #3
Author: Sarah Morgan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin – HQN Books
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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?
Titles in this series include: Midnight At Tiffany’s – Sleepless In Manhattan – Sunset In Central Park – Miracle On 5th Avenue
Take one happy, optimistic woman, mix in a loving yet meddling grandmother, stir with a brooding, dark hero and turn up the flame to sizzle… there you have the perfect recipe for a fantastic romance of total opposites attract in Miracle On 5th Avenue, the third story in the From Manhattan With Love series.
Eva is all about family and friends. She’s lost her last family member, her much loved grandmother about a year ago. But she still has her best friends Paige and Frankie, as well as their joint effort business Urban Genies. Family isn’t always about blood relatives and over time Eva has adopted one of her charming older clients as another grandmother figure. Mitzy is adorable and just a bit of a … maybe not truly meddling grandmother, but one that wants the best for those she loves, and isn’t adverse to setting up some fireworks to ignite. The task Mitzy has for Eva this holiday season is to turn her grandson’s apartment into a full of Christmas cheer decorated wonder, as well as a fully stocked freezer full of delicious treats for when he returns from a self imposed retreat to his home in Vermont. This is the perfect opportunity for Eva who is dreading this Christmas without her grandmother. Work, especially Christmas themed work is the best cure for her this holiday. As it turns out, fate had other plans.
Lucas is hiding out in his apartment in Manhattan. No Vermont for him, that was just an excuse to get well meaning and irritating literary people to leave him alone to try to get past this damned writer’s block. To be truthful, the writer’s block has been around for a very long time. Life hasn’t treated Lucas very kindly lately since his wife’s accident, his wife’s death. So senseless. Horror, thrilling spine chilling events happened in his novel, not in his real life. Suddenly his self imposed exile has been invaded by a sunny, happy, annoying woman with her Christmas cheer and glass half full beliefs. He doesn’t want to come alive again, he’s been quite content wallowing in his misery. Now Eva is challenging him at every turn and try as he might to not give in, he’s finding that this holiday surprise might just be exactly what he needed.
I enjoyed Miracle On 5th Avenue so much on so many levels. Lucas and Eva are such polar opposites yet they blend and bend together quite naturally as they each find reasons to like something about the other. Not saying that it’s going to be completely smooth sailing, but watching their journey from surprised storm survivors to a loving couple despite the odds against them was fun and entertaining.
If you haven’tread the entire series, no need to fret there is enough dialog and description to easily know “who and what” when characters from earlier stories appear that it all flows easily together. Yet, if you have the chance I would definitely recommend going back and reading the entire series, it’s well worth your time.
Christmas themed stories are one of my addictions. If you love holiday novels that are deeper than just Christmas cheer, then you’d enjoy Miracle On 5th Avenue. Give yourself a treat this season and pick up a copy for yourself.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this novel. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this story.*
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