Thursday, December 1, 2016

Review: Miracle on 5th Avenue

Miracle on 5th Avenue
By Sarah Morgan
Published: November 29, 2016

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?

My review:

This is the third book in the From Manhattan With Love series but it can be read as a standalone.

Eva always sees the best in people and in spite of her grief over her grandmother's recent death, she has a very sunny disposition. Lucas on the other hand has major trust issues and sees the world through a dark lens. Everyone has ulterior motives and you can't trust what you see. Like Eva, he is also grieving. He is also suffering from writer's block and his publisher keeps asking for sample chapters but he hasn't written a word. The last thing he thinks he needs is someone cheerful in his apartment but to Lucas's surprise, he finds writing inspiration while Eva is around. Slowly the two of them start to find common ground helped along by a strong and immediate attraction. 

I wanted to read this because I enjoyed another Christmas romance by the author, Sleigh Bells in the SnowMiracle on 5th Avenue has two people who are polar opposites and they get snowed in together. This makes for a fun story although at times Eva's saccharine Pollyanna vibe got on my nerves. I kind of hoped she'd have some flaws like Lucas does but she is just perfect and sweet. Her main struggle is in allowing herself to grieve instead of always acting positive and upbeat the way her grandmother raised her to be. 

Overall I thought this was a nice Christmas themed romance. I could see this as a Hallmark movie (with some editing out of a few steamy scenes). I would suggest this to fans of Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgins and those looking for a sweet and slightly spicy Christmas romance.

Note: I received a copy for review purposes courtesy of the publisher and Netgalley


  1. Great review, Christina! I read one of Morgan's beach-ier reads and thought it was a lot of fun. I haven't read a good Christmastime novel in a long time, so I will have to check this series out, especially when I am looking for a Hallmark movie type of read. I'm glad you enjoyed it overall.

  2. This sounds super cute. I also think that after a while Eva's peppiness would also get on my nerves.


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