Thursday 20 October 2016

Book Review - Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan - Blog Tour

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Title: Miracle on 5th Avenue
Author: Sarah Morgan
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: MIRA
Publication Date: 20th October 2016 
Rating: 5 Stars

Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. Even if she is spending it alone housesitting a spectacular Fifth Avenue apartment. 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. 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?

I'm a huge fan of romance, I'm a huge fan of Christmas, and I'm an even bigger fan of Sarah Morgan books, so when you combine all three into one, you make me one very happy person. Miracle on 5th Avenue has the strains of a very common Christmas theme running through it, in that one character is not a big Christmas or even romance fan, and the other is all about love and happy ever afters. 

Miracle on 5th Avenue is the third book in the From Manhattan with Love series, and can easily be read as a standalone, as each book focuses on a different girl from their friendship group. This time its Eva's turn in the spotlight. Eva is a romantic, and although she tends to love Christmas is struggling this year, since its a year since her beloved grandmother's death. 

She accepts a job to decorate crime writer Lucas' apartment for Christmas and to stock up his freezer with food, as when he gets into a writing groove he forgets about eating. However what she wasn't expecting was Lucas to actually be there. 

After an incredibly rocky first meeting, a truce of sorts is called and Lucas is suddenly able to make more progress on his new book, which previously he was blocked on. Lucas loves crime, and serial killers, the scarier and more gruesome the better, so is the complete opposite to Eva who mainly loves romance, and is scared of anything resembling a scary story. 

However Eva can relate to Lucas in one way, as he is also suffering from grief, his wife died three years ago at Christmas. Yes there is a fair bit of grief involved in this story, which given my personal circumstances I was mildly worried about, but it's not done in an overly emotional way, and both are trying to get to terms with their current situations. 

I found more than quite a few other books by this author, that there was a clear focus on the two main characters, and although there are other characters in the book, including Frankie and Paige, they barely feature. It really is a snowed in cosy romance story between two very different people. 

Given the other genre of book I enjoy reading is crime, I was fascinated to see inside Lucas' mind, to see how he comes up with his characters and his writing process. Although we learn a lot, there is nothing gruesome at all, and we don't see any segments of writing from the book he is working on, so if you aren't into crime, don't worry. It is more suspense than masses of violence when he is trying to work out just what sort of killer to put into his new book. 

I loved every second of this book, and found it was very easy to read, the writing flowed and because the whole book takes place over a few week period, the pacing is fairly quick. It does feel a bit different from previous Sarah Morgan, with slightly more serious themes taking centre spot, but overall it is still a fantastic romantic novel from the queen of romance, just with a bit more depth. 

Thank you so much to MIRA and Netgalley for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

About Sarah Morgan

USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe.
Described as 'a magician with words' by RT Book Reviews, she has been nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award twice; in 2012 for her book 'Doukakis's Apprentice' and 2013 for 'A Night of No Return'. She also won the RT Reviewers' Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their 'Top Pick' slot.

Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn't reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying. You can visit Sarah online at, on Facebook at and on Twitter @SarahMorgan_

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1 comment:

  1. I am enjoying this series so far. I have only read book one but have the other books on my TBR.


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