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?
Eva is a "hopeless" romantic who loves Christmas and believes the best in people. She lost her grandmother the previous year, and it's made her a bit more introverted, and sad. She's determined to change that this Christmas, however. She's been hired to decorate one of her client's grandson's apartments for Christmas. He's supposed to be away for the weekend...
Or is he?
Lucas is a crime fiction writer and he's having trouble coming up with material for his new book (that was due, like, yesterday). He's having trouble writing - much of it having to do with the Christmas season, and the fact that the anniversary of his wife's death is coming up. It's been three years, and Lucas is only getting more isolated.
Eva is a beautiful character who truly cares about others, and wants to find who she is again. The person who enjoys Christmas and believes in love. Lucas is infuriatingly wonderful. He has trouble seeing life from the bright side, and is perplexed by Eva's sunny attitude. These characters are quite different from each other, but they complement each other so well.
This book is a cozy read - parts of it hurt because there's something about the holidays that can be sad. Just like Eva, however, there is definitely a silver lining. It's about moving forward, and pushing toward something we need, and want. Something that helps us be who we are. That's the meaning I got from this book. I'm curious to see what others may think.
I know Christmas has passed, but this is definitely a read I suggest you pick up, regardless.