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 housesit 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?
Miracle on 5th Avenue is available to purchase here on Pre-order. Out October 1st
I raced through this delightful book in less than a day and, as the nights start to capture us within their inky folds I have to admit this is my second favourite read of 2016 (1).
I’ve been reading Sarah’s books for years, but she’s surpassed herself with MIRACLE ON 5th AVENUE. Sarah can always be relied upon for a good light read and, published under the Harlequin umbrella that’s what I’d grown to expect. But for those dissenters of the ‘Mills and Boon’ brand of this style of category romance I have to tell you this is as far as it gets from the books that have led to a few misguided individuals viewing this publishing giant as ‘the black sheep of the literary family.’ (1)
Eva, soft hearted and loving finds herself manipuled to spend time holed up in a New York apartment with determined cynic and best selling author Lucas Blade. The characterisations are well thought out and believable. I particularly liked the inclusion of his grandmother – everyone should have a gently interfering Mitzi grand type in their lives with tissues in one hand and chocolate cake in the other.
This very much reminded me of a 1950’s movie. You know – the ones with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr battling it out across an empty drawing room. This book is all about sharp snappy dialogue, of which Sarah is a grand master. Mostly set inside the kitchen, although there are memorable scenes in Central Park and Tiffany’s this dialogue moves the story forward in a way that would cause less experienced writers to fall at the first set of speech marks. Here is a lesson in how to write dialogue from someone at the top of their writerly game.
As a writer I appreciated the skill, effort and time put into creating such a masterly romance. As a reader it was one of the best romances I’d read in years, not just this year. The only question – Sarah, I’d really like to read the thriller you kept cross referencing to…
(1) My favourite read of 2016, so far
(2) Quote from here
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice, in 2012 and 2013. RT Book Reviews has described her as ‘a magician with words’ and she won their Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 as well as making numerous appearances in their ‘Top Pick’ slot.
Sarah lives near London with her family, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying. Readers can find out more about Sarah and her books from her website http://www.sarahmorgan.com. She can also be found on Facebook (AuthorSarahMorgan) and Twitter (@SarahMorgan_)