Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel

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Beloved 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 ...

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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Beloved 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.

Praise for Mr. Miracle
 
“[Debbie] 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 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’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

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Harry Mills is a novice guardian angel dispatched on a mission impossible. The ever self-doubting Harry has been assigned to help 24-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back in order. That won't be easy now that Addie has been thrown back into the company of her childhood next-door nemesis Erich Simmons. As Erich copes with two broken wrists, and Addie copes with Erich, our poor guardian angel trainee must concoct a minor miracle to set things right. (P.S. Debbie Macomber's Christmas Novel will double your holiday cheer when it appears this fall as a Hallmark Channel original movie world premiere.)

Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-07
A guardian angel is sent to Earth as a professor charged with helping his students get their lives in order—especially Addie, who's returned to her hometown to make a fresh start and maybe even find love.Harry Mills has wanted an Earth assignment for as long as he can remember, and now that he has one—as a community college English professor over the holiday term—he's ready for anything. Or so he thinks. Book smart and slightly smug, he'll be taken down a peg or two when he realizes that human interactions and earthly temptations are far more complicated than they seem from a celestial perspective. Still, his angelic heart is in the right place, and despite a few missteps that bring some unwanted attention—from an attractive co-worker on the prowl, an overly fussy by-the-book college president and a venal security guard—Harry enjoys his work. His literature class studies Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the quintessential story of holiday miracles and second chances, which resonates with his students, who include Danny, a young ex-con; Andrew, a nervous veteran suffering from PTSD; and Addie, his true assignment, a young woman who suffers from dyslexia and self-doubt but wants to finally get a degree and pursue a career. Harry's gentle nudge toward forgiveness and compassion might apply to Addie's personal life as well. After all, Erich, the neighbor she grew up with and who crushed her heart with his teenage mean-spiritedness, needs her help after a debilitating accident. Maybe it's the season to overcome old grudges and open the way to new beginnings—and true love. Macomber spins another sweet, warmhearted holiday tale that will be as comforting to her fans as hot chocolate on Christmas morning.
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“[Debbie] 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 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’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
Library Journal
10/15/2014
Macomber returns to her Christmas angel stories after a break with last year's Starry Night. Unlike his fellow angels and good friends, Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy, Harry Mills can mingle with humans without their knowing that he is an angel. Harry's first earthly mission from God requires him to assume the role of professor at a community college in the Pacific Northwest, where he'll help Addie Folsom realize she's smarter than she thinks and can succeed at school despite her dyslexia. Harry is also supposed to encourage Addie's relationship with Erich Simmons. Excited about his assignment and the chance to visit Earth, Harry is surprised at how difficult it is to experience human emotions and nudge Addie and Erich in the right direction. But what would Christmas be without a few miracles? VERDICT Given that a Hallmark TV movie version (and pilot for potential series) starring Rob Morrow will air shortly after the book is published and that best-selling author Macomber has legions of fans, this gentle, inspiring romance will be a sought-after read. [See Prepub Alert, 4/6/14.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553391152
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 8,054
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber, the author of Love Letters, Blossom Street Brides, Starry Night, Rose Harbor in Bloom, The Inn at Rose Harbor, Starting Now, Angels at the Table, A Turn in the Road, 1105 Yakima Street, Hannah’s List, and Twenty Wishes, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Nine of her novels have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, with three debuting at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly lists. In 2009 and 2010, Mrs. Miracle and Call Me Mrs. Miracle were Hallmark Channel’s top-watched movies for the year. In 2013, Hallmark Channel produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove. Debbie Macomber has more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

Biography

Publishing did not come easy to self-described "creative speller" Debbie Macomber. When Macomber decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist, she had a lot of obstacles in her path. For starters, Macomber is dyslexic. On top of this, she had only a high school degree, four young children at home, and absolutely no connections in the publishing world. If there's one thing you can say about Debbie Macomber, however, it is that she does not give up. She rented a typewriter and started writing, determined to break into the world of romance fiction.

The years went on and the rejection letters piled up. Her family was living on a shoestring budget, and Debbie was beginning to think that her dreams of being a novelist might never be fulfilled. She began writing for magazines to earn some extra money, and she eventually saved up enough to attend a romance writer's conference with three hundred other aspiring novelists. The organizers of the conference picked ten manuscripts to review in a group critique session. Debbie was thrilled to learn that her manuscript would be one of the novels discussed.

Her excitement quickly faded when an editor from Harlequin tore her manuscript to pieces in front of the crowded room, evoking peals of laughter from the assembled writers. Afterwards, Macomber approached the editor and asked her what she could do to improve her novel. "Throw it away," the editor suggested.

Many writers would have given up right then and there, but not Macomber. The deeply religious Macomber took a lesson from Job and gathered strength from adversity. She returned home and mailed one last manuscript to Silhouette, a publisher of romance novels. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time."

It turned out to be the best $10 Macomber ever spent. In 1984, Silhouette published her novel, Heartsong. (Incidentally, although Heartsong was Macomber's first sale, she actually published another book, Starlight, before Heartsong went to print.) Heartsong went on to become the first romance novel to ever be reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and Macomber was finally on her way.

Today, Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in America. A regular on the New York Times bestseller charts, she is best known for her Cedar Cove novels, a heartwarming story sequence set in a small town in Washington state, and for her Knitting Books series, featuring a group of women who patronize a Seattle yarn store. In addition, her backlist of early romances, including several contemporary Westerns, has been reissued with great success.

Macomber has made a successful transition from conventional romance to the somewhat more flexible genre known as "women's fiction." "I was at a point in my life where I found it difficult to identify with a 25-year-old heroine," Macomber said in an interview with ContemporaryRomanceWriters.com. "I found that I wanted to write more about the friendships women share with each other." To judge from her avid, ever-increasing fan base, Debbie's readers heartily approve.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Macomber:

"I'm dyslexic, although they didn't have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had 'word blindness.' I've always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn't have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time -- I married. I was a teenager, and Wayne and I (now married nearly 37 years) had four children in five years."

"I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough. Often I'll go into my yarn room (yes, room!) and just hold skeins of yarn and dream about projects. It's a comforting thing to do."

"My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers -- it's what my children call my ‘dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few."

"I'm morning person, and rip into the day with a half-mile swim (FYI: a half mile is a whole lot farther in the water than it is on land) at the local pool before I head into the office, arriving before eight. It takes me until nine or ten to read through all of the guest book entries from my web site and the mail before I go upstairs to the turret where I do my writing. Yes, I write in a turret -- is that romantic, or what? I started blogging last September and really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life with my readers. Once I'm home for the day, I cook dinner, trying out new recipes. Along with cooking, I also enjoy eating, especially when the meal is accompanied by a glass of good wine. Wayne and I take particular pleasure in sampling eastern Washington State wines (since we were both born and raised in that part of the state).

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    1. Hometown:
      Port Orchard, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yakima, Washington
    1. Education:
      Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
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Mr. Miracle

A Christmas Novel


By Debbie Macomber

Random House LLC

Copyright © 2014 Debbie Macomber
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-553-39115-2


CHAPTER 1

This wasn't the way it was supposed to happen. Six years out of high school, Addie Folsom had envisioned returning home loaded and driving a fancy car. Instead, she was limping back in a twenty-year-old Honda with close to three hundred thousand miles and her tail between her legs.

So much for the great promise of moving to Montana and walking into a get-rich-quick opportunity. She'd left Washington State with such high hopes ... and ended up living in a leaky trailer and waiting tables in a run-down diner. It took all six of those years for Addie to admit she'd made a very big mistake. Pride, she'd learned, offered little comfort.

Oh, she'd returned home for visits at least a couple times a year. When asked pointed questions about her work in the silver mine, she'd made sure her answers were vague.

Then, last summer, her chiropractor father had died unexpectedly of a heart attack.

Addie had adored her dad as a child, but the moment she'd hit her teen years, their relationship had deteriorated. She hadn't repaired things before he'd passed away so suddenly. In retrospect, she suspected she and her father were too much alike. Both were stubborn and headstrong, unwilling to admit when they were wrong or make the effort to build bridges.

They'd argued far too often, her mother stepping in, seeking to make peace between her husband and her daughter. How sorry Addie was for the strife between them, now that her father was gone.

For now, she was home for good. Addie parked in front of the single-story house where she'd spent the first eighteen years of her life. She loved that it had a front porch, which so many of the more modern homes didn't. Normally, the Christmas lights would already be up. Her father had always seen to that the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year, however, the two arborvitae that bordered each side of the porch seemed stark and bare without the decorative lights.

Her mother must have been watching from the living-room window, because the minute Addie climbed out of the car, the front door flew open and Sharon Folsom rushed out with her arms open wide. "Addie, Addie, you're home."

Addie paused halfway up the walkway and hugged her mother close.

Sharon Folsom brought her hands up to Addie's face and smoothed back her dark brown hair. Her mother's chocolate-brown eyes, a reflection of her own, held her gaze with an intensity of longing.

Addie found she couldn't speak. It felt so good to be home, to really be home.

Her mother hugged her even tighter this time. "You said you were coming back, and I'd hoped ..." She left the rest unsaid.

"I'm not returning to Montana this time, Mom."

"Oh Addie, really? I couldn't be happier. So you decided you are definitely back to stay?" She wrapped her arm around Addie's waist and led her up the porch steps. "It's so wonderful to have you home, especially at this time of year ... it's the first one that's so difficult, you know."

The first Christmas without Dad.

"I talked to your uncle Roy," her mother said.

"Yes?" Addie tried hard not to show how anxious she was to hear what her mother had found out.

"He's pleased to know you're interested in health care. Your dad would have been so happy; that was what he always wanted for you. Roy said once you get your high school diploma, he'll do everything within his power to get you the schooling you need. He's even willing to hire you part-time while you're in school and to work around your class schedule."

Addie hardly knew what to say. This was an opportunity she had never expected. More than she could ever hope would happen. Now it was up to her not to blow it.

"Aren't you excited?"

Again, her throat tightened and she answered with a sharp nod. She knew that no matter what she hoped to accomplish, she'd need her high school diploma. One class credit was all she needed. Why she'd dropped out when she was so close to graduation was beyond her. How stupid and shortsighted she'd been. Her one missing credit was in literature, so she'd found a class she could take at the local community college.

B-o-r-i-n-g!

As a high school sophomore, Addie had been assigned to read Moby-Dick. Because of her dyslexia, she was a slow, thoughtful reader, often using her finger on the page to help her keep track of the words. Then to be handed that doorstop and work her way through it page by excruciating page had been pure torture. Following Moby-Dick, she'd been completely turned off to reading in general ... although lately, after her television had stopped working, she'd gotten a couple books at the library and enjoyed them immensely. Finding pleasure in reading had given her hope that maybe ... just maybe she could return to school.

"I already signed up for a literature class. It starts this week, which I understand is a bit unusual; apparently, it was delayed until a teacher could be replaced." Addie had thought she'd need to wait until mid-February, when the second semester began. This class was perfectly timed for her.

"You enrolled already?" How pleased her mother sounded, and her face brightened with the news.

They were inside the house now, and after removing her coat, Addie tucked her fingertips in the back pockets of her jeans. Standing in the middle of the kitchen, she looked around and breathed in the welcome she found in the familiar setting. Her mother had placed a few festive things around the house to help celebrate the season. The Advent wreath rested in the center of the kitchen table. The first purple candle had been lit.

When she was growing up, it'd been a big deal to see who got to light the candle every night at dinner, Addie or her brother. Generally, Jerry was given the honor. Oh, how her brother had loved lording it over her. He lived in Oklahoma now, was married, and worked as a physical therapist for a center that trained Olympic athletes. He'd always been athletic himself, just like his best friend, Erich Simmons, who lived next door. The two had been inseparable; any mental image of her brother also conjured up his constant sidekick and the way she'd humiliated herself over Erich.

At one time Addie had thought Erich Simmons was the cutest boy in the universe. He was a star athlete, class valedictorian, and the homecoming king. Addie hadn't thought of him in a long time and didn't know why he'd popped into her head now. As a teen, she'd idolized Erich and hadn't bothered to hide the way she felt. He, unfortunately, found her hero worship highly amusing. Oh, there'd been the usual antics when they were kids. Her brother and Erich had wanted nothing to do with her, despite all her efforts to follow them around. It wasn't until she was fourteen and fifteen that she'd viewed Erich in a different light and sent him valentines and baked him cookies. It embarrassed her no end to remember what a fool she'd made of herself over him, especially since he treated her like a jerk.

"Addie?" Her mother broke into her thoughts. "You look a million miles away."

"Sorry, Mom."

"Bring in your suitcases. I've got your old room all ready for you."

It felt wonderful to be home.

Addie unloaded her car, which, sadly, took only a few minutes. Everything she'd managed to accumulate in six years was contained in two suitcases and a couple boxes. When she finished unpacking, she headed directly for the garage.

Her mother found her there ten minutes later. "Addie, my goodness, what are you doing here?" she asked. "I've been looking all over the house for you. Are you hungry? Would you like me to fix you something to eat?"

"In a little while."

"What are you doing?"

Addie stood in the middle of the garage, surrounded by several clear plastic boxes she'd brought down from the shelves. Her father had been a whiz at organization, a trait she'd inherited. "I'm looking for the outdoor Christmas lights."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber. Copyright © 2014 Debbie Macomber. Excerpted by permission of Random House LLC, a division of Random House, Inc.
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    Mr. Miracle is an enjoyable and uplifting story and I highly rec

    Mr. Miracle is an enjoyable and uplifting story and I highly recommend this book. It will warm the reader's heart during the holiday season. Harry Mills is an Angel sent from Heaven in human form. He fills in as an English teacher at Southshore Community College in Tacoma, Washington. His trial mission is to help a young woman named Addie Folsom.  Harry faces many challenges on Earth with Addie and with personal temptations. He learns many Earthly lessons which will change him. Addie and Erich also experience life changing situations. Will Harry succeed in his mission? Will Addie and Erich find a fresh start, along with love? Circumstances seem to lead to a mission impossible on all fronts. Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber is a cute story, and when the movie comes out, I will enjoy watching it. However, it is just a cute story, nothing to spectacular. It's the kind of story you pick up, knowing what to expect, and you are not too disappointed. However, I've been reading some well written novels, lately, with great character development, dialogue and action, so this was just okay. If you like this sort of novel and want something low key, it is a nice little story.   

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  • Posted October 8, 2014

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    Debbie Macomber is my favorite author. For me, the appeal of a D

    Debbie Macomber is my favorite author. For me, the appeal of a Debbie book is that it's not about extraordinary women living glamorous lives. Her books are about real women, and people in general, who are relatable, who are living the same types of lives that her readers are living. She knows her audience and her audience loves that Debbie loves Christmas! We wait for her annual Christmas story with great anticipation! Mr. Miracle does not disappoint. It is a very sweet story about love and family and an angel's first time on Earth and his perception of humans and love. Debbie delivers another delightful Christmas story to her fans. . . she is our angel!

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  • Posted November 2, 2014

    Mr. Miracle Debbie Macomber Book Summary: Harry Mills is a guar

    Mr. Miracle
    Debbie Macomber

    Book Summary: 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.

    Review: I found Mr. Miracle to start out slow and once I got going it became a quick easy read. I personally do not find this to be Debbie Macomber’s best. I liked the characters Okay but thought that both Addie and Erich were immature at times and I did not buy their affection. It is rare that I do not care fro a Debbie Macomber book but this is one. I kept waiting for the magic of Christmas to start and It did not for me. I am certain for some people this will be a great hit and enjoy the story overall. Addie and Erich were not unlikable. I guess the old fashioned idea of Christmas being about family is what I find enjoyable. However, in this story both mothers decide to go on a cruise together.
    I would like to thank Net Galley and Random House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

    One of her best Christmas stories !

    Found it a bit disappointed after her 3 angel tales from previous years. Liked the idea of a male angel, but was not overwhelmed with this one. A good read, but lacked teeth. pat

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  • Posted October 12, 2014

    Debbie Macomber presents a pleasant Christmas novella with Mr. M

    Debbie Macomber presents a pleasant Christmas novella with Mr. Miracle. The story centers on angels helping and guiding mortals. Macomber brings many favorite Christmas movies into the story, such as The Bishop's Wife and A Christmas Carol. The college literature class is studying the book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The theme of change hails from Mr. Miracle, as well as with A Christmas Carol. This is a Christmas novella that does not rely on dimensional characters and a complex setting. The message of change and hope of change dominate the story. I am also reading a Sharon McCrumb book which is proving to be a difficult journey, but Mr. Miracle gave me an afternoon of enjoyment and smiles.

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  • Posted October 7, 2014

    Mr. Miracle is another extraordinary book from Debbie Macomber.

    Mr. Miracle is another extraordinary book from Debbie Macomber. It's a beautiful, joyous, humorous Christmas novel. For me, I could read this book anytime; it doesn't have to be read just at Christmas time. If you want a clean, easy-to-read, lovely holiday story, I believe you would enjoy Mr. Miracle. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber and unquestionably recommend this book.

    I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.

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  • Posted November 23, 2014

    Debbie Macomber has written another heartwarming story about ang

    Debbie Macomber has written another heartwarming story about angles coming to earth to help their human charges.  Guardian angel, Harry Mills, is on his first mission on earth and is finding humans to be a bit of a challenge, as he has assumed that everything is kind, peaceful, and easy as times are in heaven.  He's here, posing as an English teacher at the local college, so he can help Addie straighten her life out, and to hopefully find love for her also.




    I always look forward to finding new uplifting stories about love and hope every Christmas season, and am never disappointed with a new Macomber story.  This year, I especially enjoyed the humor that comes from angels visiting this earthly realm and the problems that they face with their human charges.  This was an especially sweet love story, which included romantic love and the touching kind of love that comes from people helping others who have special needs from problems that they have encountered in their lives.  I listened to this on Audible and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Posted November 12, 2014

    I love Macomber¿s light-hearted writing style.  She never fails

    I love Macomber’s light-hearted writing style.  She never fails to invite me right into the heart of her stories, and this novel was no exception.  I found it very easy to picture each of the scenes that Macomber developed, all the while enjoying the very unique story that she develops.  I found myself wishing for my own Mr Miracle.

    The main characters in this novel were just fantastic.  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them as they were presented.  The fact that these two had to come to terms not only with their individual pasts, but with their shared past as well added an extra element to the story.  I also couldn’t help but giggle at Harry.  His sense of self-worth and his ‘vast knowledge’ combined with the reality of the situations he found himself in were absolutely endearing.  

    This novel was the perfect escape from reality for me.  The rest of the world just fell away, and I was in Washington alongside the characters.  It is a very personal and approachable story, perfect for the holidays.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2014

    Are you sure this was written by Debbie Macomber?? This book wa

    Are you sure this was written by Debbie Macomber??

    This book was certainly a disappointment. I have read and always looked forward to reading her books, but this book struck me a being done to get a commitment out of the way. Nothing like the rest of her books, when I finished it I felt that it had been a waste of my time.

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  • Posted November 6, 2014

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    I never anticipated using the word disappointed and Debbie Macom

    I never anticipated using the word disappointed and Debbie Macomber in the same sentence. On Debbie Macomber’s web site in the blog section, she shared on 7-Oct-2014, “It was just about this time last year when I started writing Mr. Miracle. Because the previous Hallmark Channel holiday movies adapted from my books were so well received, Hallmark wanted to bring Mr. Miracle to life on the screen for 2014.” I can easily understand why the Hallmark Channel wanted to bring Mr. Miracle to life.

    After the delight of reading and particularly enjoying the various Mrs. Miracle novels come to life on the television screen via The Hallmark Channel, I was also delighted to think about the possibilities that might abound within the title, “Mr. Miracle”. However, as a reader I feel very let down by a favorite author and I’ve been a fan of Debbie Macomber’s novels for many, many years. I postponed writing this review for several days but reflection has not changed my opinion and actually gave strength to the necessity of giving my honest opinion in each book review written.

    The specifics of my disappointment are primarily in character development and character conversations but the novel itself is like a base coat of paint that is flat, colorless, and ordinary. It gives the impression of a draft that mistakenly went to print before the accomplished author even had a chance to read it and certainly did not edit the story. I have had the delight of reading novels issued for the Christmas holiday season that are so rich in quality that the reader wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the novel throughout the year. The richness of these novels is in the multi-dimensional levels of storylines of the various characters and/or the variety of themes that resonate through the novel, the vivid descriptions of settings, sharing the growth of the characters through their life experiences for the timeline of the novel, and the joy of the dynamic dialogues shared by the characters that add the sparks of comedy or tension or romance. The novel of Mr. Miracle has none of the fulfilling qualities for this reader. There are so many examples particularly in the dialogue between guardian angel Harry and his mentor Celeste and between Addie Folsom and her neighbor Erich Simmons where there could have been sparkling and witty bantering but there are only examples of monotonous, dull and predictable exchanges.

    If you need one more stocking stuffer, you can buy it. I can’t recommend a favorite author’s novel that will become a bestseller due to her name. That isn’t fair to all the writers of all genres. Otherwise, there are so many other titles that could delight your favorite reader this holiday season. This title can be watched on television. First time I’ve ever said, “Skip the read!”

    I received a pre-publication copy of this title as an “Early Reviewer” from Library Thing.

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  • Posted November 6, 2014

    A very nice Christmas story

    This is a lovely story with great characters that are involved in very believable situations. I didnt give it 5 stars because the story ended very abruptly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    Good

    I thought it was a good story but not the greatest. A good book for the holidays. Some Christmas cheer.

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

    Amazing story

    I truly enjoyed the human side of this story and how divine intervention can affect us. Yes, God is in control. Sometimes we just don't know it yet!

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  • Posted October 29, 2014

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    Christmas is the perfect setting for guardian angels. Harry Mill

    Christmas is the perfect setting for guardian angels. Harry Mills is a new one, on his first mission. His cover is that of a literature teacher at a local school where his goal is to "help" Addie. What he's supposed to help her with is a little vague at first, but once we get to know her a little and get to meet Erich - we know just what both of them need.

    I loved the character of Harry Mills. Since it's his first time on earth and his first time interacting with humans, he makes some silly mistakes and gets himself in just a bit of trouble now and then. Who knew that emotions could be so strong anyways? These little errors help balance out his perfect in other ways self - he is an angel after all - and made him a delightful character.

    Addie and Erich were fun to watch, and you could tell they were meant to be together and help each other from the get go. Their relationship grew very naturally at first and I was loving it. There was one case divine intervention that went a bit overboard for my taste - the kind of intervention that really gets noticed. But no one really seemed to get overly concerned about it and it just seemed a little off compared to the rest of the story.

    This was a fun little Christmas read though. It was a great start to the holiday season (a little earlier than I usually like though). It really helped that there were some clever mentions of Dickens' Christmas Carol - actual discussion about the book and its meaning. I love when books talk about books.

    *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2014

    This is not the usual touching and heartwarming holiday story we

    This is not the usual touching and heartwarming holiday story we have come to expect from Ms Macomber. Instead it is an unfinished introduction to several characters and, without an actual ending, a blatant ploy to get us to buy the inevitable sequel -- probably a year from now. Way too short for all the story lines that get started but never wrapped up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    ~_______________~ Chapter 1 will be here

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

    I have lots of Debbie's books. Am looking forward to getting Mr.

    I have lots of Debbie's books. Am looking forward to getting Mr.Miracle. Enjoied the movies of Mrs.Miracle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    I have always loved all of Debbie Macomber's books, but this one

    I have always loved all of Debbie Macomber's books, but this one bored me. I had to make myself finish it. Not worth the cost. Very disappointed . Plot was boring.

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  • Posted October 12, 2014

    Great Christmas book to add to your collection.  Light, easy rea

    Great Christmas book to add to your collection.  Light, easy read that will have you in the Christmas spirit in no time!

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  • Posted October 12, 2014

    I have read all of Debbie's Christmas books, looking forward to

    I have read all of Debbie's Christmas books, looking forward to there release each year and this was no exception.  However, this book just fell flat--too many characters for such a short story, and the flow of the book was somewhat disjointed.  I really wish I had waited to get this book from the library instead of purchasing...

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