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? (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)
I’ve loved every single book in the “Manhattan with Love” series. The third installment, Eva’s story, is no exception. Sarah Morgan is the queen of creating friction and tension between her leading characters, making sparks fly between Eva and Lucas, two people you’d never think to put together based on their personalities, but that’s what makes it work so well.
There are wonderful layers to Eva. While she projects an image of sweetness and light, there are a few secrets behind her personality that you discover while reading about her experiences with Lucas. And, he’s also hiding his own charming personality behind a gruff and cold exterior. It just takes some time to coax it out, lending into an emotional struggle for both characters.
I also appreciated the in-depth look into the psyche of someone who is still dealing with loss. No one handles losing a loved one in the same way. We’re all so different in how we grieve. While Eva is choosing to put on a brave face and remain the sunshine in life, trying hard to stay true to her grandmother’s personality and wishes, Lucas is hiding from the world and himself. Even the reasons behind his grieving are a twist, because nothing is ever really quite like it seems.
While Miracle on 5th Avenue is a great novel that can be read on its own, I highly recommend reading all the books in the “Manhattan with Love” series. Eva’s story takes center stage, but I felt I learned so much about her and her friendships through the other books, too. They all compliment one another so well, and are a great way to enjoy some downtime during the holiday season.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for the book in exchange for an honest review. Visit all the stops on Sarah Morgan’s blog tour and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card.
Check out Sara’s reviews for Sleepless in Manhattan and Sunset in Central Park.
Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central