Thursday, September 25, 2014

"mr. miracle" by debbie macomber

Readers who loved Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle and Call Me Mrs. Miracle (either the book or film versions) are sure to enjoy her latest Christmas romance, Mr. Miracle. (The question is, will they enjoy it as a novel or as a film?)

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.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm more a fan of the film versions of Debbie Macomber's novels than of the novels themselves. I think she comes up with great stories (the film adaptation of Trading Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas movies), but the characters and dialog in her novels aren't always as developed as I'd like. This was true of Mr. Miracle. It's a charming story, really more focused on Addie and Erich than on Harry (Mr. Miracle). But there's not a lot of character development, and the romance, which I think will play fabulously on screen, didn't do much for me in print. To be honest, I requested this book just because I wanted to be able to compare it to the TV movie—it's one of Hallmark Channel's Christmas movies this year! (Rumor has it it's also a backdoor pilot, so we could be seeing another Debbie Macomber series on Hallmark in the near future.) The film stars Rob Morrow in the title role, and the farther I read in the novel, the stronger my desire to watch some Northern Exposure became. Too bad it doesn't stream on Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu ... what's up with that?

If you're a fan of Debbie Macomber's novels, then you'll want to read Mr. Miracle. If not, I'd recommend you wait until November 29 to see the premiere of Mr. Miracle on the Hallmark Channel. 3 stars.

Content Note: There is absolutely nothing objectionable in this book, unless you're into angelology and wish your fiction to be theologically accurate.

Buy the book.
Read my review of Macomber's Rose Harbor in Bloom.
Learn more about all of Hallmark's 2014 Christmas movies.

Debbie Macomber is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Eight of her novels have hit #1 on theNew 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. She has more than 160 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product free for review from through its Vine reviewer program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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