Season of Angels

Season of Angels

by Debbie Macomber

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ISBN-13: 9780061081842
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Series: Angel Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 287,555
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Debbie Macomber has more than 100 million copies of her books in print, and her stories about home and family have a worldwide audience and have been translated into twenty-three languages. In addition to being a #1 New York Times bestseller in fiction many times over, she also has an enormous following among knitters as the author of dozens of pattern and craft books. In 2008, she launched a branded line of knitting products through Leisure Arts, the company that publishes her knitting guides. Debbie and her husband, Wayne, have four children and nine grandchildren, and split their time between Washington State and Florida. This is Debbie’s second picture book co-authored with Mary Lou Carney; their first, The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweaer . . . That Grandma Knit, was published in 2009.

Hometown:

Port Orchard, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1948

Place of Birth:

Yakima, Washington

Education:

Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

The manger was empty. Leah Lundberg walked past the nativity scene Providence Hospital put out every year, stopped, and stared. The north wind cut through her like a boning knife as Leah studied the ramshackle stable, her heart heavy, her life more so.

The blue of Mary's gown had long since faded, she noted. Joseph, leaning heavily against his staff, was slightly off-balance, and looked as if he'd topple in a stiff wind. There seemed to be one less lamb this year and one of the donkeys ears was missing. It was a small wonder the structure remained upright with the weight of the angel, yellow now instead of golden, nailed to the top. Triumphantly, she blew her chipped hom proclaiming the glorious news of the Savior's birth.

The hospital had reconstructed the Christmas scene every Advent for the last fifty years, long before Leah was born, long before she realized an entire lifetime of tears could be stored within a single tattered soul.

It was ironic that a woman who toiled as a nurse day after day on a maternity ward would be childless herself. Her work with laboring mothers was her gift, they said, her special talent. Women specifically requested that she be with them for the birthing of their children.

For whatever reason, Leah had been granted the touch, a gentle hand, and a sympathetic heart. Birthing mothers claimed she was inspiring, encouraging, and supportive. Labor didn't seem nearly as difficult when Leah was with a patient. She'd heard it all before, countless times, the praise, the gratitude. What most of Leah's patients didn't know was that she, who was an expert at labor and delivery, had never given birthherself.

Her patients left the hospital with their arms and their lives full. Each afternoon, Leah walked out of Providence alone. And empty.

Tears crowded her eyes and spilled unheeded down her cheeks. She bowed her head and closed her eyes in prayer. "Dear God," she whispered, choking down the emotion, "please give me a child." It was a plea she'd whispered innumerable times over the last ten years. So often that she was convinced God had long since given up hearing. Or caring.

Wiping the moisture from her face, she gathered her coat more closely around her thin shoulders and headed for the staff parking lot. She forced herself to smile. it upset Andrew that she continued to dwell on their inability to have children, and she didn't want him to know she'd been crying.

Her husband had accepted the news with little more than a shrug. He felt bad, knowing how desperately she longed for a baby, but it wasn't nearly as earth-shattering to him. If God saw fit to send children into their -lives, then fine, if not, that was fine too.

It wasn't all right with Leah and she doubted that it ever would be.

Leah's prayer whistled in the breeze, up through the bare spindly arms of a lanky birch tree, winging its way higher and higher until it had ascended the clouds and drifted into the warm winds of heaven. It arrived fresh with the salt of her tears at the desk of the Archangel Gabriel. The very angel who'd announced the news of the virgin birth to Mary nearly two thousand years earlier. His responsibilities had been wide and varied through time, but he felt a certain tenderness for humans and their multiple problems. He found earth's population to be a curious lot. They were stubborn, rebellious, and arrogant. Their antics were a constant source of amusement to those behind the pearly gates. Who could help laughing at a group of people who heatedly declared that God was dead and clung to the belief that Elvis was alive?

"Leah Lundberg,- Gabriel repeated softly, frowning. The name was vaguely familiar. He flipped the pages of a cumbersome book until he'd found what he was seeking. Sighing, he relaxed against the back of his chair and slowly shook his head. Leah was one of his most persistent cases. He'd heard her prayer often, had ushered it himself to the very feet of God.

Gabriel had sent countless couriers to intercede on Leah's behalf, but their efforts had been met with repeated failure. Time after time, their reports came back virtually the same. It was a familiar problem that blocked the answer to Leah's prayer. Herself.

It would have been much easier if Gabriel could sit down with Leah and talk out this matter face to face. Circumstances arose now and again when doing exactly what was required, but generally not when it came to answering prayer. Humans tended to believe all that was required of them was a few mumbled words, then they were utterly content to leave the matter in the hands of God.

Through the ages humans had yet to discover what should have been obvious. The answers to prayer required participation. The people of earth expected God to do it all. Only a shocking few realized they had their own role to perform.

A good example was a request that had come in earlier from Monica Fischer, a preacher's daughter. Monica had asked for a husband. Normally this wouldn't be a problem; she was twenty-five and strikingly attractive, or would be if she didn't choose to disguise her natural beauty. The whole process of attracting a young man was complicated by her self-righteous attitude. Few men, even devout servants of God, were willing to marry sanctimonious prudes.

Gabriel hadn't decided how he would handle Monica's request or the prayer that had come in the unusual form of a letter from Timmy Potter. Gabriel had a soft spot when it came to children's prayers. Timmy was nine, and had requested a father...

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A Season of Angels 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
trueBelieverMK More than 1 year ago
Every Debbie Macomber book I have read and I have nearly everyone she has available at Barnes and Nobel, are just excellent. They are real and can be tied into our lives easily. She has millions in print and I have all that I can get on my nook book. Love them! An extra good series for any Christian reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not aware there is a series of angel books and ended up reading them out of order but didn't care once I had them all read. Great book!
BookLuverNY More than 1 year ago
This book has so many typos it is distracting to the story because you have to keep figuring out what that word was supposed to be!
Anonymous 8 months ago
I+love+the+Angel+books+%2C+I+have+all+of+them+and+reread+a+couple+each+year.+Sometimes+in+order%2C+sometimes+not.++The+books+are+easy+to+read+a+little+each+day+when+I+am+busy+and+easy+to+pick+up+and+read+for+a+few+hours+too.
Anonymous 9 months ago
THE BOOK A SEASON OF ANGELS BY DEBBIE MACOMBER WAS A GOOD READ. ABOUT 3 ANGELS FROM HEAVEN WHO ARE ASSIGNED TO HELP PEOPLE FROM EARTH... SHIRLEY....GOODNESS...AND MERCY WHICH SOMETIME IT CAN BE COMICAL TOO. RECOMMEND THIS BOOK...
Anonymous 9 months ago
This book was wonderful. I don’t understand why this hasn’t been made into a movie. It is also very funny, tender, and sweet. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series! Debbie Macomber is my go to Christmas author. I have read several Christmas books and has never disappointed. Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy will give me hours of holiday fun!
drebbles on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy are three sincere but mischievous angels sent down to earth to answer three different sets of prayers. Shirley is to help nine year old Timmy Potter who wants a new father. His mother Jody has been a widow for many years but still loves her late husband and is not sure she is ready to start dating again. Goodness is to help Monica Fischer, a preacher¿s daughter who wants to get married. The problem is Monica is a bit too prim and proper and the man she has fallen for, Chet Costello, is the exact opposite. Mercy is to help Leah Lundberg, a maternity nurse who longs for a child of her own. Unfortunately, she¿s not been able to conceive and her attempts to get pregnant are putting a strain on her marriage. The three angels have just a short period of time to fulfill their missions but will they be successful?First released in 1993, ¿A Season of Angels¿ is a very cute if somewhat dated novel. The story is set at Christmas time and author Debbie Macomber does an excellent job of capturing the magic of the season and the three angels, who mean well but sometimes succumb to the pull of earthly items like televisions, forklifts, and church organs, are a nice touch. The three stories within the book (this is one novel not three separate stories) are all interesting although I liked some better than others. I thought the Timmy and Jody story was the weakest one. The plot was a sad one ¿ a wife trying to move on after the death of her husband ¿ but Macomber puts in an unbelievable twist, which, while it guarantees a happy ending, never quite worked for me. I liked the Monica/Chet storyline a bit better. Monica was a bit unlikable at the start of the story, a bit of a prig, but the romance between her and Chet sizzled and I loved reading the encounters between the two. They are such opposites that sparks fly each time the two go together. Macomber is not a ¿spicy¿ author yet the romance between the two was ¿hot¿. Leah¿s story was my favorite ¿ it was the most developed and realistic and her anguish over not being able to have a baby was very real. There is a wonderfully done scene when Leah wants to take her temperature before making love with her husband ¿ his reaction is totally believable and shows how much the childless issue also affects him. Like Jody¿s storyline, Leah¿s is wrapped up a bit too tidily but the novel, after all, is set during the magic of Christmas.The one complaint I have about ¿A Season of Angels¿ is that it has been reissued and sold as new without any updating. A lot has happened since 1993 and the book could use some modernization. This is especially true in Jody¿s storyline which partially deals with a historical event and there are some things that happen in that plot line that probably could not take place in a post 9/11 world. Macomber is a busy and prolific author but she should have taken the time to update the book for her faithful readers.
amarie76 More than 1 year ago
I've had A Season of Angels on my to-read list for a long time now. I kept seeing Debbie Macomber's Christmas books at Barnes & Noble and Amazon, and they seemed pretty popular with many readers. I finally decided to take the plunge when looking for a good Christmas read. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this! A Season of Angels can be described as a sweet, hopeful, and feel-good book. I admit there were a few cheesy moments, but I kind of expect those from Christmas books. What caught me off guard was that there were a few moments that make me choke up a bit. I think my favorite story was the story with Jody and Timmy. I can say that I am now hooked on this series, and will be continuing it. I have already started the second book- Touched by Angels!
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Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy are cute angels. Their antics are fun. I don't like the way the author has to describe every sexual thing in great detail. It is not family-friendly reading in my opinion.
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Highly recommend this as welk as her other books
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