Monday, 5 December 2016

Review of Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan


The bit on the back...


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?


Ding ding ding!! Sarah Morgan's Christmas book boyfriend has arrived - her annual present to us all! Happy release day! A massive thank you to MIRA for the review copy of this title. I always look forward to a new book from Sarah Morgan and this is the third, highly anticipated book in her From Manhattan With Love series which is now a 6 book series! The first book, Paige's story, introduced readers to the three best friends Paige, Frankie and Eva. Frankie is the star of the second book and Eva comes into her own in book number 3 Miracle on 5th Avenue. Although I would definitely recommend you read each book in the series they can all be read stand alone.

So at this point, if you've read the first two books in this series, you will know Eva pretty well. She's a totally hopeless romantic, always striving to make everyone around her happy and find the goodness in everyone. She's a very compassionate and emotional character who wears her heart on her sleeve and isn't afraid to show how she feels about situations. She loves the family she's created for herself - Paige and Jake and Frankie and Matt. And she absolutely loves Christmas!

Lucas is the complete antithesis of Eva. He is anti-romance, anti-enjoyment, anti-family and anti-Christmas. As the story unfolds both Eva and the reader will come to understand why Lucas is as cynical as he is and how he has tried to cope with everything he's been through. Lucan and Eva find themselves duped into spending time together and when the New York winter hits hard they can't even escape one another. Their first meeting and circumstance in which they find themselves heighten the tension between the two characters right from the off - opposites do attract after all! They bounce off of one another and while Eva is in his home, she opens Lucas' eyes to what he is missing.

This is Sarah Morgan at her best. A beautiful winter romance with it's fair share of funny moments, chemistry and great characters. If you've never picked up one of Sarah's books before then what are you waiting for?! I can't recommend this series enough! Sarah has got to be one of the queens of book boyfriends for me and Luke is definitely in the hall of fame!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Archive Review - Coming Home for Christmas by Jenny Hale

The bit on the back…

Christmas is a time for family... isn't it?

Allie Richfield loves Christmas, so when she lands a job as House Manager for the amazing Ashford Estate—which includes organizing the Marley family festivities—she is in her element. With a budget bigger than her life savings and a team of staff, how hard can it be?

As one-by-one she meets the Marleys, she’s about to find out...

Allie’s new boss, Robert, might be gorgeous, but he’s also colder than the snow outside and refuses to come home for Christmas. Robert’s playboy brother, Kip, flirts with her relentlessly; and his sister, Sloane, arrives home with baggage—both the divorce-kind and the Louis Vuitton kind. Their ninety-two year old grandmother, Pippa, spends her day grumbling at them all from her mobility scooter.

With Robert intending to sell Ashford, it’s the Marley’s last chance to create some happy memories in their family home—and Allie is determined to make it happen... even if it takes a little Christmas magic! With the festive spirit in full swing, she might even discover a little happiness of her own...


This is the story of Allie Richfield. She is about to start work as House Manager at the Ashford Estate. The Ashford Estate is for sale after being the Marley family home for many, many years. Her job is to ensure that the day to day running of the house is carried out, but also to ensure that the family celebrate their last Christmas at Ashford, well some of the family.

Immediately I loved Allie’s character. I loved her independence but also loved her absolute love for her family. Her love for her family, her mum and her sister, overflows into the Marley household, as she uses it to try and inject some warmth into the old house again.

At first when we meet Richard there is an instant connection between him and Allie, but this is put on the back burner as he is completely shut off and reserved, feeling like he is very cold in his attitude to his family and the house.

We meet the other members of the family as they all return to Ashford one last time. Kip, Robert’s brother is an absolute player, he wins Allie’s affections straight away with his outright flirty manor. Robert’s sister Sloane appears to be a little wary of Allie at first but when the story unfolds you get to learn a little more about Sloane’s current family situation. Then there is Robert’s grandmother. She is somewhat of a mystery. Robert’s description of her makes you think of a frail little old lady who’s house has outgrown her. But when you really get to know her you discover her true family spirit and the tragic events which dominate her relationship with Robert.

This story is centred around the family coming home for Christmas, but it also so much more than that. The story is predominantly about family, about the relationship we have with our family members but also how blood is thicker than water and that truly family can overcome anything which is beautifully portrayed in the story between Pippa and Robert.


I really enjoyed that the focus was also on Christmas as it resonates with the family theme that runs along with it in the story. A really, truly great story which will warm your hearts and show you the true meaning of family at Christmastime.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Review of A Winter;s Wish by Alice Ross

The bit on the back...

Tis the season to be jolly…isn’t it?

Amelia is at breaking point. She’s just lost her job and Doug, the love of her life, still hasn’t broken up with his girlfriend. Surely a trip to the quiet countryside is just what she needs?

Phil is about to leave beautiful Buttersley for the other side of the world! The sunny shores of Australia will mean a new life with his girlfriend, but something is holding him back…

Ella has never felt this way before – Jake O’Donnell is the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen. And the more time she spends babysitting his kids, the more her feelings grow!

Stan should be happy. He loves his wife and their adorable baby girl more than anything! So why, when everything’s finally going right, are they arguing more than ever?

One thing’s for sure, even when Buttersley’s first snowflakes begin to fall, it’s never too cold for love to blossom…


Earlier this year I read the first two books in Alice's Countryside Dreams series. I really enjoyed both of them, and as soon as I saw this Christmassy 3rd book I knew I'd have to read it. The third books takes us back to Buttersley and is about four brand new, very different and complex characters!

So the first thing I loved about this is actually the way Alice tells her story. I loved how the stories of the four characters intertwined and unfolded over the weeks leading up to the festive period.Everyone is gearing up for Christmas and have to deal with not only that but all of the other goings on in Buttersley and there is never a dull day, that's for sure! The story has the right mix of serious and light-hearted moments and has it's share of romance and humour.

Secondly, each character is unique and in this story and in the whole series. Amelia, who you might know as Annie O'Donnell's sister, has come to seek solace in Buttersley and after a rather tense start to proceedings she finds her fit in the village easily enough.

Stan's daughter is about to have her first Christmas but Stan's relationship with his wife is rocky to say the least. What I really liked about Stan was his determination to try and set things right in his marriage.

Phil, local pub owner and Buttersley's answer to a surfer dude, is being driven slowly crazy by the thought of leaving Buttersley. He's proud of his achievements with his pub, how it fits with the community and is afraid he's making a mistake by going down under.

And then of course there is Ella. Ella has the biggest crush and I really think she's a character everyone will be able to identify with. She has a naivety that is easy to sympathise and I really liked her progression throughout the story.


This book is the third in a fab series. It is self contained enough to be read as a stand alone but why would you want to?! Make sure you check out the other books in the series too, I promise it is more than worth it!