Miracle on 5th Avenue (From Manhattan with Love Series #3)

Miracle on 5th Avenue (From Manhattan with Love Series #3)

by Sarah Morgan

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Miracle on 5th Avenue (From Manhattan with Love Series #3) by Sarah Morgan

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460396131
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 11/29/2016
Series: From Manhattan with Love Series , #3
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 13,948
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes lively, sexy contemporary stories for Harlequin.

Romantic Times has described her as 'a magician with words' and nominated her books for their Reviewer's Choice Awards and their 'Top Pick' slot. In 2012 Sarah received the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives near London with her family. Find out more at www.sararahmorgan.co

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Miracle on 5th Avenue 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Eva is cheerful, romantic and positive. She runs an event and concierge business together with two friends and food is her specialty. When she gets the request to make a penthouse on 5th Avenue ready for Christmas she can't wait. She's supposed to stay there for a few days, so she can decorate the place and prepare meals for when the owner returns, which should be a nice surprise for him. However, when she arrives someone is still there. Lucas was supposed to be gone, but now Eva is stuck with him. Will she be able to survive this? Lucas is a successful crime writer who likes solitude. He told everyone he knows he'd be writing in Vermont, but he's actually still in New York and hasn't written a single word. Christmas has become a difficult time for him and even after several years he can't find a way to deal with his grief. He wants to be completely alone and the last thing he thinks he could use is an over-enthusiastic woman in his home. Eva can't leave though, so he has to deal with her company. Is it actually as bad as he thought it would be or is Eva's sunny outlook on life and her inability to hide her love for Christmas exactly what Lucas needs? Miracle on 5th Avenue is a fun Christmas story. I immediately liked Eva, she's got a lovely bubbly and energetic personality. She believes in true love, is always honest about her feelings and the way she sees the world is adorable. Lucas has a good heart, but he has a dark outlook on life, he could definitely use some of her lively spirit and I admired her determination to bring Christmas magic into his cold apartment. Eva manages to thaw the place and warm Lucas's heart, which is the exact right idea for a story about true love. Sarah Morgan has a nice heartwarming way with words. I like that she writes about friendship as well as love, she describes the meaningful things in life in an amazing way. I love all of her main characters, their personalities always stand out in a fabulous manner. Miracle on 5th Avenue is an endearing story filled with sparks and Christmas cheer. It's a lively Christmas fairytale with a wonderful cute ending.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Charming adult contemporary holiday romance teeming with fairy tale vibes... “You have to agree Prince Charming is a more appealing character than Jack the Ripper.” “But less interesting… “ Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan is a charming adult contemporary holiday romance teeming with fairy tale vibes. MEGA KUDOS to the author as the book is the 2017 RITA award winner in the long contemporary romance category. It’s the first book I’ve ever read by Sarah Morgan and the third installment in the author’s From Manhattan with Love series. Needless to say, it works very well as a standalone read, if that is your preference. Miracle on 5th Avenue is the story of Eva Jordan and Lucas Blade, two polar opposites. As the story opens, they are both grieving losses of someone close to them – and having a hard time dealing with the holiday season. She’s an uninhibited hopeless romantic and he’s a cynical crime writer and best-selling author. Lucas is under a deadline to turn in his next book before Christmas. But, the words and inspiration just aren’t there…. until he unexpectedly finds Eva in his penthouse. Lucas’ grandmother had told Eve that Lucas was in Vermont, so his penthouse would be empty. Neither was true making for an unconventionally jarring initial meeting and a scene you won’t soon forget! This is the first holiday season since Eva and her two best friends had set up Urban Genie, an event and concierge business, and they were busy. Eva has been hired by Lucas’ grandmother to add Christmas cheer to Lucas’ digs and fill up his freezer with delicious quick meals. What Eve hadn’t planned on was an apartment inhabited by a suspicious and despondent client. Oh my! These two came across as genuine characters but as different as could be. Eva is unfiltered with a sparkly personality and Lucas doesn’t know what to make of her. Lucas grudgingly finds that she feeds his imagination, breaking the writing bottleneck he’d been suffering from. As he surmises that he needs her to stick around to feed his muse, their unlikely friendship grows. Eva begins to think of happy-ever-afters, but Lucas knows fairy tale endings don’t exist. At times I wanted to shake Lucas and other times I wanted to ask Eva what she was thinking – or, if she was thinking. Their banter was priceless, their chemistry was off the charts and I thoroughly enjoyed their story. I love to read festive reads year-round. This book is set in New York City during the holiday season so there’s oodles of snow and dreamy descriptions of the Big Apple during Christmas. Miracle on 5th Avenue is a feel-good holiday read loaded with laughs. This installment is well-written, entertaining, and kept me turning the pages well into the early morning hours when I should have been asleep. LOL! I will never look at Cinderella’s fairytale again without thinking of the contrary perspectives shared in this tale. I would recommend Miracle on 5th Avenue to anyone who enjoys slow-building, delightful Christmas romances. My full review is published at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
girlfromwvaKY More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the From Manhattan with Love trilogy. "3 best friends are embracing life and love in New York". It is the story of Eva Jordan and Lucas Blade. Eva is a hopeless romantic who runs an event and concierge business with her 2 best friends. Lucas is a realist and a bestselling author who writes crime stories. Eva loves everything there is about Christmas. She loves the decorations, the smiling Santas, the music, and the beautiful snow. Lucas has no intention of celebrating the holiday. He has a deadline for his next book due, and he has to get through the anniversary of the day his wife died. Eva is hired to do a job to house-sitting and decorating a penthouse on 5th Avenue. She might be alone, but what a place to celebrate the holiday in. She leaps at the chance to be in snow-kissed Manhattan, close to Tiffany's. Only thing is, when she arrives...the penthouse is occupied!!! It seems the handsome, mysterious owner is not in Vermont as his Grandmother thought. Lucas is not in the mood for a house-guest and all the Christmas cheer she has brought. He has isolated himself in his home with his own grief and writing for company. He doesn't need to be distracted by the beautiful, bubbly woman his Grandmother hired to get his apartment holiday ready. He doesn't want any interruptions, no Christmas decorations and no distractions from the blonde beauty. Lucas wants Eva gone, but the storm of the century brings a blizzard to 5th Avenue. He knows he can't send her out in the storm...or let his Grandmother know he is in town. He realized Eva has to stay. Eva tries her hardest to open Lucas up to the magic of the season. Lucas is "inspired" by Eva, and he gets past his "writer's block". Can a Christmas miracle help them find what they need to heal? Can Eva convince Lucas to believe in happily-ever-afters again? I loved their story, and how they find each other even though they are so very different. I love Eva's bubbly personality and her love of the holiday. I enjoyed seeing Lucas move past the grief he was experiencing and how to look at it differently through Eva's eyes. Funny, humorous, romantic and magical.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Another in this magical series set in NYC. This one is set in my favorite time of year to be in NYC - the holidays! Eva has been present in the previous books in this series, but in Miracle on 5th Avenue she takes a starring role. She is the foodie of the bunch and ends up stuck at a reclusive author's home in the middle of a snowstorm and in true romance book fashion they may find love! I absolutely love this series. It is moving up to be my favorite romance series. I love the characters. I love the business they have created (kind of wish I could work for them!) and I love how unique they are from each other, but you can still see how genuine the friendship is. I am an overall fan of this series and can't wait for each book to come out. I hope there are many to come.
julieford More than 1 year ago
My first book of the New Year is one that I have been waiting for and was not disappointed in the least. This is the third book in the series. Miracle on 5th Avenue is filled with laughs, tears, a matchmaking grandma and a fairy tale love story. Eva is a positive person filled with sunshine and rainbows attitude. Lucas is a dark personality who writes serial crime drama books and is battling his own dark demons. Lucas' grandma sends Eva to decorate and cook meals for when Lucas returns from a writer's retreat but Lucas is holed up in his penthouse. Lucas wants Eva gone but soon finds out that his writer's block is cleared up when Eva is around so he hires her to stay. Their emotions travel the range to end with Eva's happily ever after.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Hallmark needs to make an adult channel just for books like this! I want an adaptation so bad. Miracle on 5th Avenue is a great holiday-themed romance (with adult content) but it's definitely not all happy googly eyes. A damaged, grieving, angry man: a famous crime writer with writer's block who has met his worst nightmare...but also his muse. Hate and anger turns to lust and sexy times. If this type of Christmas book is up your ally, check it out! My favorite quote: “The news presents only the bad side of humanity, Mr. Blade, and it does it on a global scale. It doesn’t report the millions of small, unreported acts of kindness that take place on a daily basis in communities. People help old ladies across the street, they bring their neighbors tea when they’re sick. You don’t hear about it because good news isn’t entertainment, even though it’s those deeds that hold society together. Bad news is a commodity and the media trade in that.” Sarah Morgan's From Manhattan with Love series includes the following installments as of December 2016. Miracle on 5th Avenue was the first book I have ever read from this series or the author and I enjoyed it as a standalone. #0.5: Midnight at Tiffany's #1: Sleepless in Manhattan #2: Sunset in Central Park #3: Miracle on 5th Avenue #4: New York, Actually #5: Meet Me in the Hamptons #6: Moonlight over Manhattan
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Take a cook, an author, New York, Christmas and you already have won more than half of my heart. Put them all into a romance novel, give the characters wit and sass, depths you are nearly afraid to look into, sensuality that melts the pages, and I am all yours. The set up was so perfect for me, I couldn't have asked for more from a romance novel, they were even snowed in, a scenario that I love. And then I meet the characters in this scenario and surely fell in love them as well. At first, they seem like the opposites of any scales, but the more their personalities are revealed, from the little quirks to their big secrets they are starting to make two sides of a whole, so perfectly twined together that they are the ideal match for each other. And how all that came about is just brilliantly done. Each step that Eva and Lucas have to take to get to know each other better is like an intricate dance, two steps forward, one back, to the side, and then again. And each step took them deeper with the knowledge of the other's life, thoughts, likes, habits, secrets. The ease they experience in the other's company, the honesty, the openness, the candor is refreshing and energetic. Their calm acceptance of the team they form, the room and space they give for the other to be in their life, there was this serenity, calmness about it that I liked, while at the same time it was insanely sensual and out of control passionate when they let their feelings roam. I enjoyed how the story was more focused on developing the relationship than drama and angst. And when drama rose its head they were both willing to accept their fault and responsibility for creating it. They support each other, they champion for each other, protect when that was needed, give room to mourn, to just be close when that was vital. Even though I didn't think the circle of friends play as big of a role in this story as they did in the previous one, they still greatly contribute to the plot, and to the development of the relationship between Eva and Lucas. I adore that group of friends, all so individual and unique, making the ideal circle together. They have touched my heart so that I now want these first three books in the series on paperback as well, these stories are definitely books you want to treat as keepsakes and keep reading them again. Eva and Lucas made me laugh out loud with the delightful dialog, the hardships in their lives touched my heart, their deep, strong emotions, and turbulence in their lives had me in tears. I admire how the generations before are respected and honored. There's just something about the author's style that speaks straight to my heart and makes me fall completely in love with the stories, characters, and their journeys to meet their destinies ~ Five Spoons
AmyHiggs More than 1 year ago
I love Christmas stories! I especially love when a Grinch's heart grows! I have been waiting for Eva's story! Sarah Morgan did an excellent job writing Lucas and Eva's story! I loved Eva's entire personality! I loved how Lucas opened up the more time he spent with Eva. If you are looking for a story that makes your heart happy then you should definitely read this one!! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
RachaelBrown More than 1 year ago
I love that Lucas is a best selling crime writer. It is interesting to see the method that he uses to develop the main character in his latest thriller. The fact that Eva dislikes crime stories keeps their interactions interesting and adds to the entertainment. I was captivated by Lucas and Eva's very first encounter and couldn't wait to see how their story unfolded. I always look forward to Sarah Morgan's new releases. She is one of my favorite authors! This is a great series! I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Series favorite! (So far....) "It's the Dance of the Seven Veils. Thermal edition." (I nearly spit out my hot chocolate on that one. Read this book with extreme caution. And napkins.) Loved. This. Book! This book gave me all the feels. Happy sighs, quiet almost-tears, and laugh out loud moments (seriously, when Eva makes editorial changes to Lucas's manuscript? I almost lost it)--this one had it all. Granted, I still need to read Paige's book ( Sleepless in Manhattan ), but I can't imagine I could possibly love it more than this one. I mean, anything's possible, of course, but...OMG. Eva. And Lucas. Sigh :) The crime writer and the hopeless romantic--could any two people be less suited for each other? Or more perfect together? I think not. I loved that she was the inspiration for his latest book (though sadly, not for either of the characters she thought she was--poor Eva. He totally had that unsolicited edit coming) and that she finally got him to take a chance on love again. With a little help from his scheming grandmother, of course, and a host of other characters. And a snowman. And a crazy expensive bottle of wine. Plus, Eva and Lucas. Have I mentioned how much I loved them? Yes? Miracle is the third book in the series, (and hopefully not the last) but it should work fine as a standalone. Yes, if you've read Frankie's book ( Sunset in Central Park ) you definitely could see this one coming, but you don't have to have read it first. (And OMG, I just realized that I actually own Normal , the book Sarah mentions in her "Thank you" at the end. I'm going to have to read it now...though just reading the description makes me feel the need to turn on the bedside lamp...and it's mid-morning already.) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
DanielleRk More than 1 year ago
Loved it as much as other Sarah Morgan's books, but the story of Eva is touching in a different way. Facing again Christmas without her beloved grandmother, she takes a solitary job cooking and apartment decorating for a famous murder-mystery writer. Little is she expecting the sparks that fly when they meet. Once you start reading, you'll not want to stop until the end! Plan accordingly.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
What a delightful story! Though there are some heavier moments, with the grief experienced by Lucas over the loss of his wife (and more details about his marriage that emerge) and Eva’s struggles to put a happy face on losing her grandmother a year earlier, it makes for a bond between them that won’t be easily broken. They both know what it’s like to put on a face for others, and can see that they are kindred spirits. The chemistry between them might be unwanted at first, but it soon leads to some steamy scenes, and as neither have had a significant relationship in a while, it’s bound to deepen their feelings for each other. I really enjoyed Lucas’s point of view and his creative process in writing about particularly bloody crimes. It was fun to have all that in the middle of a romance book and Eva’s reaction to his writing is pretty similar to what mine would have been! I loved how the city of New York features as the setting and the relationship that Eva has with her two co-workers Paige and Frankie shows the depth of their affection and friendship. (I also thought it was quite amusing that Frankie was a huge fan of Lucas’s books). The ending of the story was laugh out loud funny while being sweet and perfectly lovely. I highly recommend this romance, and I’m looking forward to catching up on the series!
Born2Read More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you cross an optimistic, honest and trusting woman and a cynical, isolated, depressed, horror writer? You get a Christmas miracle of a surprisingly sweet, heartwarming, sparks a flying and witty romance. Eva is the romantic of the group and I loved getting more insight into her character. She and Lucas don't agree on much when they first meet, but there is definitely major chemistry between them from the get go. Sarah Morgan does a fantastic job at creating characters that you can relate to and draws you into the story. I felt the emotions that each of them were going through as they worked through their individual grief with the help of each other. I have enjoyed this entire series, but this is my favorite so far. Pick up a copy today. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Sarah Morgan’s From Manhattan with Love series has been an absolute delight to read. The characters are well-developed and deserving of the HEA Morgan crafts. I’ve known from the beginning that sunny Eva was going to get her HEA with horror writer Lucas Blade. Watching it finally come to fruition in Miracle on 5th Avenue was even more fun than I’d expected. There really is something to opposites attract and they were the perfect pair. The holiday setting makes it even more season appropriate. If you are looking for a good snowstorm book this is it. You can easily read this one as a stand-alone, but why miss seeing Eva’s two best friends also find the men of their dreams? I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
Ms Morgan’s writing gets better with each book. When you think the last book is the best, you realize that the one you are reading, is even better. Though it’s a stand alone book, I highly recommend reading the NY series. Each story is wonderful and you will fall in love with all the characters. This is Eva’s story. We have come to love Eva from the previous books. She is a romantic and one that sees the good in people. She is still mourning the loss of her grandmother, the woman that raised her and instilled her positive outlook . This year, Eva is determined to have a splendid Christmas . She is hired to decorate the apartment of the grandson of one of her dear friends and client, as well as prepare meals to be frozen for when he returns to NYC. Lucas is a crime writer who has isolated himself from the world after the death of his wife. He sees the dark side of humankind, the negative of Eva’s positive. Somehow, these two help each other. Eva is looking for her happy ever after, Lucas sees doom and gloom. Will they give a relationship a try? Will Lucas drive Eva away? Questions to be answered at the end of the book. But, the story is also a reminder that life is not at all black and white. That experiences in life can affect us to the point of “freezing” our feelings , as well as change our outlook on life. That past experiences can help or hinder us , but that given an opportunity, love and understanding can in fact make us stronger, not weaker. A book worth your time. I was gifted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
Musings_of_Madjy More than 1 year ago
This was fantastic and just so freaking cute. A bit predictable but in that way that makes you giddy with anticipation and smile when the sweetness happens. The movie While You Were Sleeping, one of my Top 5 favorites, is Eva's favorite as well and this book definitely had that vibe. These characters are rich and warm, even Lucas when he doesn't want to be, and there is definitely the hint of holiday magic in the air. I adored Eva & Lucas's love story and the way that it developed fairly slowly, in such a way that you believe in them despite the shortness of their relationship. Their banter is both funny and sweet, and the way they obviously feel comfortable together makes the fact that they have met their match jumps off the page. Their jobs and passions, as well as their backstories, are woven in nicely and really rounds them out, making them not just an adorable couple but two solid characters. The overall lack of melodrama and Eva's blunt honesty and lack of cowardice was refreshing and made me really appreciate her depth. And this surprised me with the steam! The covered made me think closed door romance bordering on chick lit, but there was definitely enough heat here to melt a snowman or two!
PennieM More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting for Eva's story and I am thrilled to report it was well worth the wait. Eva Jordan is so full of sugar and spice and everything nice she glitters with it. Lucas Blade is a crime writer who is having a terrible run of writers block to the point he is spinning out of control with it. Bringing these two together is explosive and they have so much chemistry it bursts off the page. Light and dark, sparkly and brooding, these two are the essence of opposites attract and it WORKS! I have enjoyed this series so much and recommend each and every book in this series.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: He raked his fingers through his dark hair and Eva wondered how doing that made him even more handsome. If she ran her fingers through her hair she looked as if she’d made contact with an electric fence. I hate horror movies… My date thought it would be a great way to get me to snuggle close to him. He hadn’t reckoned on the fact I might scream… I made more noise than the heroine getting her throat cut. The woman n the row behind me started screaming too because I scared her so much… I save my best screams for genuine moments of terror. If you don’t use screams judiciously, people pay less attention. They’ll be thinking ‘oh, Eva is screaming again,’ rather than ‘quick, something’s wrong with Eva.’ I’m leaving. It’s bad for my emotional well-being to be around people who are angry, especially when they’re angry with me. I don’t want to get stomach ulcers or hardened arteries, so I’m leaving while I’m still healthy. ‘I need to get out these wet things.’ She pulled off her sweater and heard a sharp intake of his breath. ‘It’s the Dance of the Seven Veils, in thermal edition.’ My Review: This is my third Sarah Morgan experience and I just can’t seem to get enough of this clever scribe, she has become a no thought required automatic one-click for me. I read all three of her From Manhattan with Love series and her whip-smart humor had me smirking and giggling through, and I especially appreciated that her storylines were refreshingly crisp and amusing, and not formulaic. I adored this quirky group of friends but especially the character of Eva; she was delightfully honest, adorably upbeat, filter-free and open, kind, generous with her time and heart. The verbal exchanges she shares with her friends and Lucas were highly entertaining and witty. Eva was a bright sunbeam cutting through Lucas’s gloomy and morose outlook. I relished the pleasant and breezy chapters covering their blossoming friendship and relished how she was extracting him from of his grief and emotional funk. Ms. Morgan certainly has a gift for pacing and structuring a story; she quickly sucked me into their tale and held my attention throughout. I want to stop time and do nothing but read her entire listing.
Vicki_Goodwin More than 1 year ago
saw this book was coming out in time for the Christmas season and I just had to ask to review it. I was so delighted when Harlequin approved my request. This book is so adorably rich and sweet it is like a cup of cocoa and I loved every drop. I loved that the author, Lucas was having a dry spell that was taking a toll on h is already negative outlook on life. I felt for him of course, but when I saw Eva Jordon with her find the silver lining on the raincloud outlook I knew they were going to mix like oil and water. They certainly did and it was cute. It was hopeful and it was lovely to read. I too feel about the season like Eva so I know how hard it is to be around others that do not find the same level of joy. The struggle to help Lucas find his ability to write again was well written and brought a smile to my face. This was the perfect book for the holiday season. Bring on the bells, candles and snow. After reading this book, I am ready. I received an ARC edition from Harlequin and voluntarily offered my honest review.