Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber | Book Review

I think that Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber is like the easy listening of Christmas-themed romances. Granted, the holiday romance genre is full of gentle and clean stories. I was initially interested in reading Mr. Miracle, because A) I LOVE CHRISTMAS and B) I really enjoyed reading Call Me Mrs. Miracle. I figured that this story would get me feeling all sentimental and in one of those let’s bake cookies and be kind to the world sort of moods. Unfortunately, this did not materialize and I think I ended up rolling my eyes more than I did smiling — and that’s coming from a place where I actually have enjoyed so-called cheesy holiday romance books in the past. So, it’s not like I went into this book intending to dislike it.

Mr. Miracle has been compared to It’s A Wonderful Life and I get it because like the movie, it’s about an angel who is on a mission. Granted, Clarence’s mission was to earn his wings and Harry Mills, the character for whom Mr. Miracle is named is also trying to help someone get their life on track in his first Earth based mission. However, that is where the similarities end. Don’t go into this book expecting a George Bailey-esque MERRY CHRISTMAS, YOU WONDERFUL OLD BUILDING AND LOAN. The story is a bit more shallow.

Harry must help Addie Folsom find her way again. She’s a 24 year old woman with dyslexia who has returned to Tacoma, Washington and signed up for a literature class at the local community college. Addie’s lived away from home for the past couple of years following some teenage rebelliousness. She is forced to meet some of the past head on, when her childhood neighbor and nemesis, Erich comes back into her life. You see, he has broken both of his wrists and nothing else in a car accident, thus rendering him helpless. Addie promises to take care of him so that her mother and his mother can go on this Christmas Cruise that they have been planning.

The romance develops at a good enough clip. It’s not as though the two characters, Addie and Erich are rekindling a childhood romance. In fact, it starts off as rather antagonistic between the two. What I liked was how kindness and listening and consideration are what it takes to develop chemistry between the two. If you are looking for a clean romance with no adult situations or scenes, you will enjoy Mr. Miracle. The steamiest that this book gets is with some kissing. That’s it.

As for Christmas cheer, I think that Debbie Macomber does a decent job incorporating the holiday spirit in Mr. Miracle. It’s interesting to see different characters come together in the classroom over the study of A Christmas Carol.I loved reading about different characters in different life situations being pushed to do well by Harry Mills. I liked seeing Harry Mills adjust to experiencing human emotions and experiences. Overall, this is a nice book to put you in the mood for mistletoe and egg nog, if you can ignore some of the things that might make you roll your eyes like an overzealous administrator whose very actions make no sense — he reprimands Harry Mills for walking on grass, what even? Alas, this is a cute book, but not my favorite seasonal romance.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. I’ve never really been all that interested in reading any of Debbie Macomber books. They always seemed a little too Hallmark move to me, which isn’t really my thing. Although I love romance, and I don’t’ really care if the books are “clean” or “not” I do have a hard time with sappy. And anything that induces a lot of eye rolls probably isn’t for me.

    But thanks for the review April.
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  2. I was at Target one night and saw this on the shelf and thought “Sure, why not.” I bought it and I’m sure it’s only because it’s holiday themed. I’ve never read a Macomber book, but I’ve seen the Hallmark movies, so I figured I may like to read it before the movie. (There’s a movie coming soon, btw, on Hallmark.) I guess what I’m saying is that from what you’ve described of Mr. Miracle, I’d rather just watch the movie version. 🙂
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