Published by Random House Publishing Group on October 7th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Holidays, Romance, Sagas
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERBeloved author Debbie Macomber celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in this heartwarming Christmas novel of romance, hope, and the comforts of home—coming soon as a Hallmark Channel original movie! Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track—and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she doesn’t plan to do is run into Erich Simmons.Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to tease her. Now she intends to avoid him entirely, yet when they’re suddenly forced to spend Christmas together, Addie braces for trouble.Perhaps it’s the spirit of the season or the magic of mistletoe, but Addie and Erich soon find they have more in common than they thought—and that two people who seem so wrong for each other may actually be just right. With a little prompting from a certain angelic teacher, the two are in for a holiday miracle they’ll never forget.BONUS: This edition includes excerpts from Debbie Macomber’s Last One Home, Starry Night, and The Inn at Rose Harbor.Praise for Mr. Miracle “Macomber’s Christmas novels are always something to cherish. Mr. Miracle is a sweet and innocent story that will lift your spirits during the holidays and throughout the year. Celebrating the comforts of home, family traditions, forgiveness and love, this is the perfect, quick Christmas read.”—RT Book Reviews “[Macomber] writes about romance, family and friendship with a gentle, humorous touch.”—Tampa Bay Times“Macomber spins another sweet, warmhearted holiday tale that will be as comforting to her fans as hot chocolate on Christmas morning.”—Kirkus Reviews “This gentle, inspiring romance will be a sought-after read.”—Library Journal “Macomber cheerfully presents a holiday story that combines the winsomeness of a visiting angel (similar to Clarence from It’s a Wonderful Life) with the more poignant soulfulness of A Christmas Carol to bring to life a memorable reading experience.”—Bookreporter “Macomber’s name is almost as closely linked to Christmas reading as that of Charles Dickens. . . . [Mr. Miracle] has enough sweetness, charm, and seasonal sentiment to make Macomber fans happy.”—The Romance Dish
Addie Folsom moved away from home after a huge fight with her father over her future. All her life, she strove not to disappoint him, but she fell over the edge and only visited her parents on holidays—if then. Now she’s back, but her father has died and her crush turned nemesis, Erich, is home for the holidays as well. Since her mother and Erich’s mother are going on a Christmas cruise, it will be just the two of them watching the houses, but that doesn’t mean they have to talk to each other. Kismet throws the two of them together, and with the help of her guardian angel, Harry Mills, Addie will learn to believe in herself again and help others find the Christmas spirit.
Before I talk about the book, I must admit that I saw the movie first. It fit perfectly into what a Hallmark movie should be, and I watched it a few times over the Christmas season. This was my first Debbie Macomber book, and I’ve been told to start with her Christmas books because they are the best. Though it’s still April, and this is my second Christmas book this month, I enjoyed traveling to a different time and season of the year to read the intertwined stories of two extremely different people and an angel.
This book was not as good as I had been expecting, but I still enjoyed it. The story turned out to be very predictable—and not just because I had already seen the movie—and proved to be a light, easy read. The love story in the book between Addie and Erich moved quite quickly, nearly instantaneous, and I wish it would have taken them a little longer to see the person they had evaded all those years.
Even though there are mentions of other minor characters, the book is fixated on certain people. There were a few that I wish I could have gotten to know better, like some of the members of Addie’s class, and others that didn’t seem any more important than a casual mention. Some of the characters were merely based on the one-sided reputation given to them by others, and their presence wasn’t necessary. I hope that when I pick up another one of Macomber’s Christmas reads that I find myself revisiting some of her unique characters. Most of the characters seemed younger than I would have expected them to act. Although, it may have been because of the setting they were a part of. For instance, the ones that seemed younger were in a transitional stage in his or her life. Not only did Addie learn about herself and believe in her abilities more, she also delved into her neighbor’s mysterious life and how to get past their differences. Harry Mills, the angel sent down to guide Addie, did not only learn how to help humans on earth, but he learned how to handle life on Earth and the unforeseen challenges.
Whether it’s Christmastime or the middle of the year, this is a heartfelt story of finding oneself and possibility of love along the way.