Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber

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.

Debbie Macomber's website is http://www.debbiemacomber.com/.

Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber.  MIRA, ©2010. ISBN 9780778328193 (hardcover), 253p.

*****
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12 comments:

Mary said...

I thought it was a sweet Christmas story and will make a good movie. I love the holiday movies :-)

Lesa said...

I love the holiday movies, too, Mary. And, I watched Mrs. Miracle last night, since I hadn't seen it. Very nice. You're right. This one should make a good movie as well. And, Doris Roberts is perfect as Mrs. Miracle.

Bev Stephans said...

It was a perfect Christmas story.

Lesa said...

I agree, Bev. It was a perfect Christmas story - romance, the toy store setting, New York. Just perfect.

Beth Hoffman said...

I have never read a book by Debbie Macomber, but I think it's high time that I did. I'll add this to my holiday reading list. Enjoyed your review, Lesa!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Beth. I think you'll enjoy Debbie Macomber, and this hits the mark for a holiday book.

Net Movie Blogger said...

Thank you so much for this review! I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the book. I loved the Hallmark Movie last year and am looking forward to the one this year, too!

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Net Movie Blogger! Like you, I'm looking forward to this year's movie. It isn't often that I care enough to put it on my calendar.

And, Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you, as well.

Ingrid King said...

This is definitely going on my holiday reading list. I enjoyed Mrs. Miracle.

Lesa said...

And, I predict you'll enjoy this one as well, Ingrid. I just love holiday reading.

Netherland said...

I can't say enough good things about this book. It was just completely entertaining and enjoyable from start to finish and I didn't want to put the book down.She does a wonderful job of creating that special warm Christmas feeling and the characters are real and relatable. This is the kind of book I'd give as a holiday gift and/or definitely pass around for friends and family to enjoy. I'll definitely be on the lookout for the movie too, which according to the book notes should be airing in December and I think will be starring Doris Roberts from Everybody loves Raymond, and who I kept picturing as Mrs. Miracle as I read this. Seems like perfect casting to me.

Everything I like about the best of Debbie Macomber's writing was in this story, family focused, with warmth and fun, and of course a great happy ending. You really can't go wrong with this one.

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