Friday, September 10, 2010

Book Review: Call Me Mrs. Miracle

Author: Debbie Macomber
Title: Call Me Mrs Miracle
Publisher: Mira
Publish Date: September 28, 2010
Rating: 5 Stars
Book Blurb: 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.

Review: This was the perfect Christmas story with a sweet romance to go along with it. Debbie Macomber creates characters that you always come to love and with Call Me Mrs. Miracle you've got a book full. Even the people that seem the Scroogiest, like Holly's boss , get the Christmas spirit.

The story centers around Jake Finley (the manager of the Toy Department and heir to the Finley Department stores) and Holly Larson, a young woman struggling to get by while giving her young nephew Gabe a great Christmas even though his father is deployed to Afghanistan.  That fabulous Christmas involves a fast selling toy robot that costs $250.00

The two meet at Starbucks and things take off with a little help from Mrs. Miracle and love and Christmas magic take over.

Unlike the first book, there aren't a lot of obstacles for the two to overcome. It really is a matter of everyone reaching their Merry Christmas and happy ending, and that happens quickly, maybe a bit too quickly for those of us that look forward to and love Debbie Macomber's stories, especially her early ones written for the Harlequin Romance imprint.

Debbie always reminds us the importance of family in her books and you can definitely see that here, with the love shared between Holly, Mickey and Gabe and Jake and J.R.

So if you are ready for a good, wholesome holiday read...look no further than Call Me Mrs Miracle! Oh and if you are prone to happy tears, you will be crying at the last page!


Jinky said...

Nice review. I do like a good cry. Thanks for the head's up.

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