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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061083461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061083464
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Seth Webster's heart never healed after he lost his adored wife. Now, with Christmas approaching, wild twin boys to raise alone, a home in chaos, and the latest in a long line of exasperated housekeepers quitting in disgust, Seth needs more than help to keep his family togethe...he needs a miracle.

And then a miracle arrives on his doorstep. Her name is Mrs. Merkle, but the kids call her "Mrs. Miracle"—and from the moment the warm, knowing, and very patient nanny appears, everything is different. Her sassy spirit is infectious, and it gives Seth the courage to approach Reba, a beautiful travel agent who's been hurt and betrayed, and is afraid to ever love again. Through the magic of faith—and with a little help from a children's Christmas pageant and a lot of encouragement from Mrs. Miracle—Seth and Reba might just be able to find a Christmas miracle of their very own: true love.

About the Author

Debbie Macomber has more than 100 million copies of her books in print, and her stories about home and family have a worldwide audience and have been translated into twenty-three languages. In addition to being a #1 New York Times bestseller in fiction many times over, she also has an enormous following among knitters as the author of dozens of pattern and craft books. In 2008, she launched a branded line of knitting products through Leisure Arts, the company that publishes her knitting guides. Debbie and her husband, Wayne, have four children and nine grandchildren, and split their time between Washington State and Florida. This is Debbie’s second picture book co-authored with Mary Lou Carney; their first, The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweaer . . . That Grandma Knit, was published in 2009.


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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today's most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber's novels have spent over 750 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Eight of these novels hitting the number one spot.

In 2014, Macomber's all-new hardcover publications will include Blossom Street Brides (March), Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Inn Novel (August) and Mr. Miracle (October) and paperback editions of the #1 bestseller Starting Now (April) and her acclaimed Christmas novel, Starry Night (October).

In addition to fiction Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; and two acclaimed children's books.

Macomber's beloved and bestselling Cedar Cove Series became Hallmark Channel's first dramatic scripted television series, Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, which was ranked as the top program on cable when it debuted in summer 2013. Hallmark is now filming a second season of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove which will premiere this July 19. In addition, Macomber's upcoming Christmas novel, Mr. Miracle, will be made into an original movie premiering on Hallmark Channel in fall 2014. Previously, Hallmark Channel has produced three successful Christmas movies based on Macomber's bestselling Christmas novels, Mrs. Miracle, Call Me Mrs. Miracle and Trading Christmas.

Macomber owns her own tea room, Victorian Rose Tea Room & yarn store, A Good Yarn, named after the shop featured in her popular Blossom Street novels. She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision's international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative.

A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Donna K. on April 30, 2007
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This magical story is part Mrs. Doubtfire/Mary Poppins and part It's a Wonderful Life! I love books set in a faith-based community, and the reason Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors is that her style of writing immerses the reader into the setting, making the characters feel like friends and neighbors. The healing power of forgiveness is exemplified in this story. Delivered in a subtle and non-preachy manner, it's a valuable lesson everyone can reflect upon, at Christmas, during Lent, and throughout the year!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Holly TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 8, 2009
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Debbie Macomber's most recent book is titled "The Perfect Christmas". While I didn't particularly enjoy that book, this one is the "perfect Christmas book". It is everything I look for in a holiday read and I was so pleased.

Seth Webster lost his wife in a car accident four years ago and he still is mourning her loss and trying to cope. After his wife's death, their young twin boys went to live with their grandparents but have recently returned to living with him and he is in way over his head. Trying to work full time, raise spunky 6-year-old twins and manage a house has left him feeling overwhelmed and multiple housekeepers have come and gone leaving him on his own. Finally, Mrs. Emily Merkle arrives on his doorstep and sets the house to order, takes care of everything that is out of control and the boys absolutely adore her. The twins have trouble pronouncing her name and it comes out "Mrs. Miracle" which sticks and everyone around town begins calling her that. She seems to know everyone and everything and has her hand on what needs to be done in the Webster household as well as with other families in town. The character of Reba is also prominent in the story and is suffering from her own loss of a broken engagement and estrangement from her sister and family. As these two people move through the Christmas season we get to see their stories unfold as well as several other subplots which add a lot to novel.

While the ending is largely known at the beginning of the story (which is very comforting in this type of read), you don't really know the "how" of how it will all turn out. There is just enough tension in the story to keep you interested, but not enough to make you uncomfortable.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Huber on April 21, 2007
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You gotta love angels!! This is a wonderful story of love, forgiveness, family and faith. My favorite Mrs. Merkle quote (each chapter starts with a quote or saying from Mrs. Merkle)is "You have to wonder about humans. They think God is dead and Elvis is alive." The book also includes a few recipes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on November 22, 2009
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Widowed father, Seth Webster is finding life very difficult raising two twin six year old boys by the names of Judd and Jason. His latest housekeeper, Mrs. Hampton tells Seth that he doesn't need a housekeeper but a miracle and quits.

It has been a week since Mrs. Hampton quit. Seth is desperate. He has called the agency about every day trying to get a replacement. They tell him that no one is available. Someone knocks on the door. Standing on the front porch is a grandma type woman. Her name is Mrs. Merkle. She tells Seth she is from the agency.

Reba Maxwell is in charge of the Christmas program this year. She never expected to fall for someone till she spotted Seth. Could this be the year that Judd and Jason get a new mommy?

I typically stray from holiday novels. Don't really know why. I think it is just because the few I remember reading weren't that good and ever since then I have not read another one till now. I absolutely loved everything about this book, from the characters, storyline and warm comforting feeling I got while reading Mrs. Miracle. Everyone should be so lucky to have a Mrs. Merkle in their lives. She is the grandma that people wished they had. Judd and Jason are cute, especially when they were embarrassing their father in front of Reba. This book is a tasty delight. See for yourself and pick up a copy of this book today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edith J. Antoninich on April 12, 2008
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I enjoyed this book so much. I have been reading a lot of Debbie Macombe's series book and was kind of disappointed that this was not one of them and before Debbie Macomber I had not been a fan of books in a series. This is an uplifting book. I highly recommed it.
Happy Reading,
Edie~
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Wolf on July 2, 2006
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Overall, an enjoyable read with a full enough story and cast to get lost in.

This book teaches that when we hold on to our hurts, no matter how justified, we hurt ourselves the most.

I went into the book expecting an American-ized "Nanny McPhee", which it isn't. The children are spirited but well- mannered.

Mrs. Merkle (Miracle) is a meddling matchmaker with angelic powers.

I found the main characters of Seth and Reba to be less than dynamic. So stagnant in fact that they need more than one Divine push. I feel sorry for them but they don't inspire me.

Sharon and Jerry, Seth's parents-in-law, and recent full-time caretakers of his twins, are left with an empty nest after nearly forty years. All of the sudden, with Jerry retired, they realize that their relationship, which has been on the back burner, needs some attention before it dies.

It's the subplots and side characters that really make this book charming, humorous and hard to put down. I am convinced Debbie Macomber wrote some of the parishioners from my local church into the congregation of the book.
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