Debbie Macomber's Christmas novels are staples of the Hallmark Channel. So, now you know all about this year's book. It's a romance, ends happily, and it's set at Christmas time.Mr. Miracle introduces a new angel, a friend of Macomber's other angels, Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy. But, honestly? It's just another Christmas novel with nothing remarkable about this one.
Harry Mills is an angel who has been sent to a Pacific Northwest community on a trial mission. He's teaching at Southshore Community College, where he's supposed to assist an insecure student returning to take one class. His mentor, Celeste, warns him though that he's to obey the rules at the college, and try to avoid the college president while working with Addie Folsom. Addie is dyslexic, and is finally returning to college, hoping to continue on and work in the medical field like her late father. But, Harry's charge has a few problems. She's stubborn, and has a long history with her neighbor, Erich Simmons. Harry's job is to assist Addie, in school, and in her personal life.
Needless to say, Harry has a few problems with his assignment. He's not prepared to deal with human emotions of anger, embarrassment, sexual attraction. And, he's not quite as competent with his assignment of Addie as he thought he would be. He needs that mentor because he overestimated his own abilities.
Macomber does do something a little different with Mr. Miracle. Because Harry is teaching English, he assigns his students to read Dickens' A Christmas Carol. And, she uses the story as a message about change.
Saying Debbie Macomber's Mr. Miracle is just an ordinary Christmas novel isn't a disparaging comment. Instead, it creates the atmosphere we expect, and appreciate, in Christmas stories. Addie's feelings about the holiday actually perfectly expresses what readers expect of most Christmas novels. She considered "...the holidays an extra-special time of year. Magic hung in the air, and people were gentler, kinder to one another. Differences are set aside, friendships deepened, and people in general were more charitable and happier." Mr. Miracle just wasn't quite as magical as I had hoped.
Debbie Macomber's website is www.debbiemacomber.com
Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber. Ballantine Books. 2014. ISBN 978055391152 (hardcover), 255p.
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