23 October 2016
Blog Tour Book Review: Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan
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?"
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I can safely say that Sarah Morgan is now one of my favourite authors, and I simply can't get enough of her books! I love that she writes stories that are part of a series, which is great because I get to know the characters and become totally involved in the books, but sad because I never want them to end, and this was certainly the case with this book! Miracle on 5th Avenue is the last book in Sarah's latest series 'From Manhattan With Love' and features the final character of the three women, Eva.
Eva is a hopeless romantic and not afraid to admit it. She's pleased to see her friends Paige and Frankie settle down with their their respective boyfriends but can't help but wonder if she'll ever have the 'happy ever after' for herself. When she is sent on a job to a reclusive author's apartment to get it ready for Christmas, she's shocked to find him in situe, not prepared to let her in and do her work. She tries hard to break down Lucas Blade's walls, but he's determined not to fall in love again and make friends with Eva. As the festive season fast approaches, Eva is sure that she will find love this Christmas no matter what, and is sure Lucas can never feel for her as she feels for him. Or is there a miracle heading her way?
If you have read the previous 2 books in the series, Sleepless in Manhattan and Sunset in Central Park, you'll know the character of Eva from those two books, along with her best friends and colleagues Paige and Frankie, who took centre stage in each of the two previous books. I was always looking forward to reading Eva's story, and it certainly didn't disappoint for me. The setting of New York is perfect, my favourite city in the whole world, and I loved these books because I could imagine the city so well, especially as this book is set at Christmas and this was when I was lucky enough to visit a few years ago now.
Eva is a fantastic character, and you easily fall in love with her zest for life and eternal optimism, especially her love for all things Christmas! She has such a kind heart, is fiercely protective of those around her but hiding her own heartbreak over the death of her beloved grandmother a while ago. She tries to hide it, but I enjoyed reading Eva's more vulnerable moments when she opens up about her grief, it was so well written and very touching. The other main character in this book is crime writer Lucas Blade, who Eva ends up befriending when she is employed to decorate his posh apartment. He is the complete antithesis of Eva in every way - closed off, hard-hearted, and determined never to love again.
The chemistry between these two was on fire right from the beginning, Morgan has such a way of writing characters that bounce off each other, and you just want so badly to be together! I felt sure Eva was the woman to melt Lucas' cold heart, and was hopeful throughout the book that this would be the case. I enjoyed the ups and downs of their friendship, from how Eva opened Lucas up by cooking for him to Lucas being inspired by Eva to write his latest bestseller. The pair were certainly fickle though, and I was left hanging sometimes waiting for them to just get it together!
As I mentioned, the reading experience of this book was perfect, especially as it is set at Christmas, my favourite time of year. Morgan describes everything perfectly, from the gorgeous huge tree Eva bestows upon Lucas' apartment to the snowy scenes in Central Park that brought back amazing memories for myself. You can of course read these books as stand-alone stories but for me they really are best enjoyed as part of the series, so you know more about the other characters who pop up throughout. However, I felt the skill in this book lie in the fact the vast majority of the book is set in one apartment with just 2 characters - but I was completely hooked. Morgan doesn't allow her readers to dwindle in their attention at all, and I just loved this story so much I couldn't put it down. I'm sad that it is the last I will see of Eva, Paige and Frankie but I cannot wait to see what Sarah Morgan has for us next!