I'm sure Debbie Macomber needs no additional publicity for her books, but Call Me Mrs. Miracle is such a warm Christmas story that it's hard not to love it. Macomber's letter to her readers said the success of Mrs. Miracle, the Hallmark movie last Christmas, led to a demand for a sequel. Since Miracle on 34th Street is one of Macomber's favorite Christmas movies, she decided to place Mrs. Miracle in the toy department of a New York City department story. That's all the inspiration she needed for this enchanting book.
Finley's is the last family-owned department store in New York City, and this year, Jake Finley, son of the owner, J.R. Finley, is in charge of the toy department. His father is already upset at the risk Jake took in buying a large quantity of an expensive toy. But, Jake's mysterious new saleswoman, whose name badge says Mrs. Miracle, assures him the robots will will be a hit, selling out. Jake doesn't need another bad Christmas.
Jake's mother and sister were killed in a car accident on Christmas Eve twenty-one years earlier. Now, he and his father escape the city and the holidays as soon as they can after their busy Christmas rush. Neither of them have celebrated since the tragedy in their lives.
But, a chance encounter in a coffee shop puts Jake in the path of Holly Larson, a woman who loves Christmas. It's going to be a difficult one for her this year, though, with her brother in Afghanistan, her parents in Haiti, and her own responsibility for her brother's eight-year-old son, Gabriel. She just can't seem to bond with Gabe, until Gabe meets Mrs. Miracle, and sees a robot at Finley's.
If you believe in Christmas miracles, and love delightful holiday stories, you'll want to pick up Debbie Macomber's story. It's filled with surprises, needy people, and love. And, you might want to check out the November 27th showing of Call Me Mrs. Miracle, starring Doris Roberts, on the Hallmark Channel.
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