Early Review: Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

Miracle on 5th Avenue miracle-on-5th-avenueby Elle Kennedy
Series: From Manhattan with Love #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Nov 29, 2016
ARC provided by HQN Books via Netgalley

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?

D.G.’s Rating: 4 stars = B+

I’m totally anti-Holidays. Not because I’m against the sentiment behind them, but because of how commercial they are in the U.S. (I’ve never put up a tree in my life.) That means that I seldom read Holiday romances but Miracle on 5th Avenue called out to me because it’s set in NYC. Even with the Holiday theme, I enjoyed it more than I thought.

Eva & Lucas meet when she’s hired by his grandmother to decorate his penthouse for Christmas. He’s supposed to be traveling but hermit that he is, he stayed in without telling anybody. A blizzard and Eva’s threat that she will tell his grandmother what he’s really up to if he doesn’t let her stay, assure these two will stay trapped together in his place for days.

I really liked them both. Eva is a sweetheart, grieving the death of the most important person in her life. Even though the Holiday season has been very difficult for her, she carries on. Lucas for his part, has struggled to continue on after the death of his wife. Instead of getting better, his grief has consumed him until not even his writing is left. Little by little, Eva helps him come out of his misery. It’s amazing how a few delicious meals can help people’s outlook in life!

If there’s one thing I felt was missing was more New York. To me, it felt like the rose color view of a tourist instead of a real place where people live. I don’t think she rode the subway even once!

When I picked it up, I didn’t realize it was the third book in the series but after reading it, I didn’t feel lost. I know a bit of the friends’ backstories but not enough to feel like I got spoilers.

Overall a very cute book. Totally recommend it, specially if you like Holiday stories.

Series Reading Order
1. Sleepless in Manhattan
2. Sunset in Central Park
3. Miracle on 5th Avenue

Thanks to HQN Books and Netgalley for providing a review copy of this book.

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