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19 December 2014

Review: 'Mr. Miracle' by Debbie Macomber (2014)

Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help Addie Folsom to get her life back on track - and help her find love.

Creating a happy ending for Addie and her neighbour Erich doesn’t seem like much of a challenge. But soon after arriving in the town of Tacoma, Harry realises he might need some guidance. Addie and Erich can't stand each other; growing up he was popular and outgoing, while she was rebellious and headstrong. Addie would now rather avoid Erich entirely, especially at Christmas.

Harry is going to need all the help he can get, and a bit of divine inspiration, to help Addie and Erich find their Christmas miracle.

Thanks to the lovely people over at Random House, I received an unexpected review copy of Debbie Macomber's festive release 'Mr. Miracle.' The soft colours of the cover straight away pulled me in and I got a feeling this was going to be a great Christmas read. I wasn't familiar with Debbie Macomber's work, but had heard much about her (she, for example, releases a Christmas story every single year), so couldn't wait to check it out. 

Harry Mills is a guardian angel who finds himself on earth, ready for his first ever mission. He is given the role of English professor at a local college in order to help student Addie Folsom. Addie has just moved back home again after having been away for six years. It's the first Christmas without Addie's dad, who passed away unexpectedly earlier in the year. As soon as Addie comes home, her mother tells her she actually planned to go on a cruise with her neighbour, to get her mind off things. When the neighbour's son and Addie's teenage crush Erich gets in a car accident, Addie is forced to take care of him so his and her mother can still go and enjoy their cruise. It's Henry's job as a guardian angel to take care of Addie, but will he be able to give her a happy Christmas this year?

This novel was a quick but touching and entertaining read, and a wonderful introduction to Debbie Macomber's work! I was really curious to read the novel because the blurb already told me one of the main characters in the novel is a guardian angel. This topic has always fascinated me and I couldn't wait to see how the author would deal with it. Thankfully, Debbie Macomber did a great job. I really liked reading about how Harry is trying to adapt to being a human being and living on earth, which was a fun storyline next to the main plot which follows Addie and Erich. They were two interesting characters and I couldn't help but root for them to get together!

The story isn't very long and quite quick-paced, which unfortunately did not provide the author with enough space to really go into the background stories of Addie and Erich, which was a shame. I would have loved to have learned more about them and the reasons for the decisions they've made and are making in their lives. However, this did not make the story any less compelling or entertaining. 'Mr. Miracle' is a fast-paced, uplifting, sweet Christmas story about love and hope, important aspects to hold onto during the holiday season. I really enjoyed it and already look forward to hopefully reading and reviewing more of Debbie Macomber's work in the future!
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Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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