Usually, I´d say isn´t it a bit weird to read a Christmas novel at the begin of Spring? And normally I´d say yes, it is. But reading a Sarah Morgan novel makes you forget what time of year it is in real life. And with the cold and snowflakes swirling around outside my window, who cares anyway. And with the fact in mind, that I like to read a series in chronological order, that is if I KNOW that it is a series, I had to read this book now.  Because the next one is already laying on my desk waiting for me.

Miracle On 5th Avenue
by Sarah Morgan
From Manhattan With Love Series #3
Publisher HQN Books on November 29, 2016
Genre Novel
Pages 365
Format Paperback
Source Purchased

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 … 
Eva is hopelessly romantic and sees the world always from the sunny side. She just can´t understand why someone wouldn´t like Christmas decorations or believe that there has to be something good in every person. With that attitude, she turns Lucas´s life completely upside down and gives him what he needs so desperately: a new thriller idea. Though she is not happy with his writing, she loves to help him and to do everything in her power to make his life colorful again. Until she finds out how he used her inspiration in his book.

The author´s writing style is lively, easy-going, and with the special something. No matter if Eva is speaking in her soft way, or Frankie with her blunt style, you´ll never feel awkward while reading. It all fits together perfectly. And in combination with the delicious scenes and even more hilarious dialogues Miracle on 5th Avenue gives you a reading pleasure of its own kind. Sarah Morgan conjures up a world on paper in a way you don´t see it very often. There´s a magic in every sentence, an easiness that makes you want to keep reading this book until its finished. 

I never saw Eva in the other books the way she turned out to be in this one. Sure, it was clear to me that she is absolutely romantic and that she lives on Planet Eva all the time, but what I saw of her in this novel surprised me. That girl seriously believes every written word in a book is real! Her questions prove that she lives in her very own world and that she can´t understand why Lucas does what he does best because of his way of thinking. I was amazed when she started trying to convince him to change his work or better said his characters. Either Eva got some nerves, or she is the most naïve woman I´ve ever come across in a novel. I was impressed and laughing out loud when I read that scene at the ball and saw how she treated that douche bag of a man and the next I see is that she wants to change Lucas into something I can´t even say.

The way how Sarah Morgan has created Eva and brought her to life in this series is amazing though. Caring, loving, and always determined to show the world a face and behavior that isn´t the real Eva. Must be exhausting. And yet I loved every bit of her! Am I confusing now? 

This series is for sure for all those who want to read about romance, lovely characters no matter if they are stubborn, heartbroken, tough, or totally romantic and set in the real world but with some sugar coat on. To manage all that, without drowning in kitsch, that is Sarah Morgan in her books. 

Happy reading

Sarah Morgan
Sarah Morgan ©Rosanna Hancock Photography

Sarah Morgan dreamed as a child of being a writer and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living her dream. She loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying. Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance with humor and sensuality. She has sold over 14 million copies of her books and was nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America which she won twice; in 2012 and 2013. She also won the RT Reviewers´ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their `Top Pick´ slot. Together with her husband and children, she lives near London, England.


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