Für Immer Und Einen Weihnachtsmorgen* by Sarah Morgan
Puffin Island #3
Original Title Christmas Ever After
Original Title Christmas Ever After
Published by Mira TB on October 10, 2016
Skylar Tempest has never understood Alex Hunter´s appeal. So what if he´s a world-renowned historian? He´s also cynical, aloof and determined to think the worst of her. So when a twist of fate finds her spending the lead-up to Christmas with Alec and his family, she´s not expecting the season to be either merry or bright. Alex has learned the hard way not to trust beautiful women – and Skylar is the most beautiful woman he´s ever seen. But as he watches her throw herself into his family´s festive chaos, Alec realizes there is far more to his blonde bombshell than meets the eye. With Christmas around the corner, Alec and Skylar return to Puffin Island, a tentative bond forged between them. Neither intends to fall in love but as the nights become darker, and the fire between them grows hotter, could this be the chance.
This is the very first time that I´ve read a book by Sarah Morgan, and it wasn´t for sure the last time.
Her style is perfect and so romantic and she creates characters *sigh*. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Skylar is in London to open her first exhibition and to meet with her boyfriend Richard. But when he surprises her with an unromantic proposal in front of everyone and she asks for a private talk, things get very ugly. Hurt, in pain and with a bloody head Alec finds her and though he isn´t happy about it, takes care of her. An embarrassing situation for Skylar, but she is too weak to say no. And so it comes that she ends up in the embrace of a loving and caring family, has to clear some misunderstandings and to change her plans completely.
Für immer und einen Weihnachtsmorgen (Christmas Ever After) is heartwarming, romantic, passionate, and with so many fantastic dialogues, it was a huge pleasure for me to read it. I know the author by name since a couple of years, but somehow never got to read her books.
The story takes place in London, moves to the countryside and then over to Maine, USA. The way how Sarah Morgan describes her scenes, how she builds right in front of the readers eye an amazing winter landscape and totally different characters were simply amazing. I loved every minute and will for sure get her other books as well.
Her language is clear, her tone soft but not too soft, sensitive and she writes about love, about respecting each other. That love should never bind what you have inside but should free it. That someone who loves – really loves – should never feel incomplete with the other person. Yes, there are bad times, yes there are things that might be dark, difficult and not as bright and glorious as expected, but love is the ultimate feeling that doesn´t require something. You either love unconditionally - and get it in return the same way - or you don´t. Sarah Morgan expresses all that and so much more in an entertaining and very atmospheric way. There isn´t one single line or page where you get bored or where you wish for this book to end. In fact, I could have read it forever! Loyalty, friendship and the love of a caring family and what power such a love can contain gets displayed in a well-written and very expressive way.
This book is written in the personal perspective from Skylar and Alec. This brings a lot of fun, humor, and charm to the story. The reader sees both sides, gets to know how they see things, what they really feel and the way how the author describes everything is adorable and makes you laugh and cry tears at the same time.
Skylar is used to be kind of ignored by her family. That they don´t approve what she wants or what she is. In fact, every decision she makes, they disfavor. But when she finds out, that behind her relationship with Richard was all along a plan and she finally gets to see his real face, she is shocked. And literally hurt. But not willing to give in. And with that decision she shows from page to page a bit more about whom she really is and what she wants in life and from life. She is, despite the family, she grew up in, a fantastic woman who has the heart at the right place and knows exactly where to go when she needs time from her parents. Parents who are as cold as ice and only show interest in their daughter when she does as they say.
Alec is handsome as hell, knows a lot about shipwrecks and his house on Puffin Island means everything to him. So does his family. If they don´t try to get him involved with a new woman. No, thank you very much. Not after his disastrous marriage and the fact that he failed completely. So Skylar is for him like a red flag. But the more he gets to know her, the more she isn´t at all what he expected her to be, the more he´s lost.
I am so thrilled! This novel was a fantastic read and together with those great characters a real reading pleasure. I will definitely read more by her and can highly recommend this book.
*Christmas Ever After was published by Harper Collins on October 22, 2015. I read the German edition new release provided by the German publisher to write this review.
Sarah Morgan dreamed as a child of being a writer and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living her dream. She loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying. Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance with humor and sensuality. She has sold over 14 million copies of her books and was nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America which she won twice; in 2012 and 2013. She also won the RT Reviewers´ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their `Top Pick´ slot. Together with her husband and children, she lives near London, England.