Thursday, December 30, 2010

Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber

Product Details
Pub. Date: September 2010
Publisher: Mira
Format: Hardcover , 253pp
ISBN-13: 9780778328193
ISBN: 0778328198

This Christmas, Emily Merkle (call her Mrs. Miracle!) is working in the toy department at Finley's, the last family-owned department store in New York City. And her boss is none other than…Jake Finley, the owner's son.

For Jake, holiday memories of brightly wrapped gifts, decorated trees and family were destroyed in a Christmas Eve tragedy years before. Now Christmas means just one thing to him—and to his father. Profit. Because they need a Christmas miracle to keep the business afloat.

Holly Larson needs a miracle, too. She wants to give her eight-year-old nephew, Gabe, the holiday he deserves. Holly's widowed brother is in the army and won't be home for Christmas, but at least she can get Gabe that toy robot from Finley's, the one gift he desperately wants. If she can figure out how to afford it…

Fortunately, it's Mrs. Miracle to the rescue. Next to making children happy, she likes nothing better than helping others—and that includes doing a bit of matchmaking!

This Christmas will be different. For all of them.

My thoughts:
I love Debbie Macomber’s Christmas hardcovers. I look forward to them every year. They always leave me feeling uplifted and hopeful and they usually only take a day or two to read. Years ago I read the first book with Mrs. Miracle but the details are fuzzy now. Last Christmas I watched the Hallmark Channel movie though and enjoyed it. This year I saw there was another movie and I watched it when I was on TV. Just last week I got a copy of the book and I started it on Christmas Day, as a present to myself, not the book but the chance to sit and read. I enjoyed the book more than the movie. I didn’t dislike the movie, but I am glad that I saw it first. The book had quite a few changes, but in a good way.

I liked the references to Mrs. Miracle’s friends Shirley, Goodness and Mercy who are the angels that appear in a number of other books. Those stories are always so encouraging to read. This was the perfect read for this time of the year when it is so easy to get bogged down by the shopping, wrapping, baking and buying. To see the real reason for the holiday and to feel hope for the coming days no matter how things seem right this moment.

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