42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2010
"Aspire to inspire before you expire." ~Mrs. Miracle
The only words I can think of to describe Call Me Mrs. Miracle is, delightful, funny, and inspirational. This is my first book by Debbie Macomber, but it won't be the last. Last year I watched a delightful movie on TV around Christmas time called Mr. Miracle, so when I saw that Debbie Macomber had a new Mrs. Miracle book out I jumped at a chance to review it.
The author has a great way of blending great characters with a sweet storyline. You just fall in love with all the characters and get that great feeling at the end when it's over - but there is also that sadness for the same reason.
It's a romance story but it has so much more to it. I would really call it a light romance and one of the things I love about it is the fact that it has no sex scenes at all in the book. Its not written as an inspirational book, yet I could without a doubt tell my Christian friends that it would be a great book for them to read for the Christmas holidays. I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone! It's a great light read.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I may be one of the last people on the planet to have not heard of the author Debbie Macomber before reading this book. She's written a lot of bestseller books and I can see why. While this isn't usually the type of book I would read (I lean towards a lot of paranormal books), I thought I would give it a go as the storyline was appealing to me and I'm happy I did so.
The story is uplifting overall, even though there were a couple of scenes that had my eyes watering. The characters within the book are all written so well that they seem like people I know personally. All of the locations used within the story are described just enough that I can imagine them as places I've already been and already know as well. The writing style had me flying through the book, not wanting to put it down, and not realizing the time that went by as I was reading.
It's a perfect holiday story, so perfect in fact that Hallmark is making a movie out of it. Apparently there was another book previous to this one called Mrs. Miracle that was also made into a movie. Call Me Mrs. Miracle is set to air on November 27, 2010 and I plan on watching it since I enjoyed the book so much. (I'm hoping that they will be replaying Mrs. Miracle as well as I am sure I will enjoy it as well.)
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2010
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. Enjoy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2010
Debbie Macomber's CALL ME MRS. MIRACLE is a light-hearted story that reads like an episode of Touched by an Angel. While this is the first book I've read by her, it won't be my last. I'd recently had the chance to hear her speak at the RWA Awards in Orlando and her personal story of triumph over adversity is no doubt the root and reason for her having over 100 million copies of her novels sold worldwide.
Holly Larson's life has just become a bit more complicated. Her parent's have left for Haiti to volunteer and her brother has received orders to ship off to Afghanistan leaving her as the only candidate to care for his son, Gabe. Her life slowly starts to unravel as one disappointment after another befalls her, until one day, in a struggle to find change to pay for her Latte, a random act of kindness sets her life on a new and unexpected course.
What follows is a cheerful tale of how one woman's determination to not let life's unexpected twists and cruelties ruin Christmas, changes not only her own life, but the lives of those around her as well. Of course, she does have a little help along the way in the influence if one Mrs. Miracle.
Not only does Debbie treat us with an inspirational holiday story, but she also includes recipes for Holiday Sugar Cookies, Fried Chicken and Baby Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese, Pecans and Pomegranate Seeds from her Cedar Cove Cookbook.
This story lifted my spirits, tugged at my heart and made me feel something that I haven't felt for a long time--excited for the holidays. If you haven't read anything by Debbie before, then this is a great place to start and it will definitely set the mood for the upcoming holidays.
While the ending may cause some to roll their eyes with Debbie's traditional, over-the-top, everything-comes-together-perfectly style, you can't helped but be warmed by this tale of love and sacrifice that comes just in time for the holidays.
Look for the movie airing November 27th on the Hallmark Channel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2010
Nothing puts me in the Christmas spirit more than snuggling up with a warm blanket and a good book. This Christmas, and every Christmas after, I plan on snuggling up with this gem of a book. Call Me Mrs. Miracle is the sequel to the hit Mrs. Miracle written by Debbie Macomber, and I highly recommend this to all readers.
As a book reviewer I often get a book weeks before it is released to the stores to sell, so with that being said, I was given an advanced copy of Call Me Mrs. Miracle during the Summer, and to say I was not in the "spirit" to read a Christmas book is true; however, once I picked it up, I could not put this book down. I was enveloped by my imaginary snuggly blanket, sipping hot cocoa, and enjoying all the pleasures the holiday season brings with it. Macomber has an eloquent craft of placing readers in her books. With every page that I turned, I felt like I was right there with these characters. This is an attribute I look for in every (and all) books I read. Macomber received high marks in my books for this.
Jake Finley and Holly Larson are both in need of holiday miracles, and who better to grant them than Emily Merkle? Emily Merkle, whose name is cleverly mistaken for Miracle, works her magic once again in this book. Call Me Mrs. Miracle begins with Jake Finely, the young son of J.R. Finley, over estimating Finley's toy stock. He ordered hundreds of the toy robot called: Intellytron the SuperRobot (or just Telly for short) and is under immense pressure to sell them all by Christmas Eve. J.R. is none-too-pleased with his son's actions and threatens to fire Jake if all of the robots are not sold.
Holly Larson, the young fashion assistant and now step-in mother to her eight-year-old nephew Gabe, is strapped for cash and desperate to provide Gabe with a wonderful Christmas. Holly's brother Mickey, as the readers learn, was sent out on a fifteen-month deployment to Afghanistan with the National Guard. Not only is Holly's brother absent for the Holiday's, so are her parents, leaving Holly, alone, to take care of her young nephew. Call Me Mrs. Miracle begins with Holly and Gabe's strained relationship turning for the better. She is relieved she and Gabe are on better terms, and therefore, she is determined to provide him with a Christmas he'll never forget.
Where does Mrs. Miracle fit in? Well, Emily is Finley's new sales assistant. Who at one point has not dreamed of working in a toy store? I think it would be great fun to be able to play with toys all day! I will not give any details away from this point on, but I will say Jake, Holly, and Gabe become very close because of Mrs. Miracle and her involvement with the toy department. Gabe's one wish is to get a Telly for Christmas and he more than once finds himself, and his aunt, at Finley's.
Macomber has written a lovely Christmas story! I love how descriptive she was with New York City and Christmastime. I, myself, have never been to New York and through Macomber's writing, I felt as if I was riding in a carriage, taking in the decorations, or snacking on roasted chestnuts. I may have sighed in awe a few times through these sections. Bravo to Macomber!
To conclude, I wanted to give Call Me Mrs. Miracle a 5 star rating, however, I felt as if the last chapter was rushed and felt as if it could have been a little bit longer. Although there was one minor hiccup, Macomber wrote a fantastic Christmastime book and I highly recommended it be read, and then read again each year that follows.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you're like me, you probably find at least one or two books every holiday season to get oneself in the mood for Christmas. This book fits the bill ... it's very darling and very predictable. While it will never make it as a literary book for my list, it is perfect for these hectic times when you just want to snuggle on the couch and read a sweet novel about the Christmas spirit. Macomber is perfect for this kind of writing (if you're not diabetic, that is, as it is really sweet).
This book is about Jake Finley who never celebrated Christmas since a tragedy struck his family 21 years previous. Ironically, he is heir to one of the biggest and most prestige department store in downtown Manhatten. Currently, his job is a manager of the toy department. Mrs. Miracle, aka Emily Merkle, is his able assistant. She helps smooth things over for Jake with his father who was outraged that Jake bought this extremely expensive robot toy for the holiday season. Not only that, she's as sweet and unassuming as a grandmother would be. Customers love her.
Then there's Holly, who is facing one of the toughest Christmases there is. Her brother has been deployed to Afghanistan, leaving behind his 8 year-old son, Gabe with Holly. Holly's parents are gone overseas on a mission trip so it is up to Holly and her very tight budget to make this first Christmas unforgettable for her nephew. Then she meets Jake.
It is a very predictable novel but if you like Debbie Macomber's books, you'll love this one. It really is darling and guaranteed to put one in the Christmas mood. At least it did for me.