Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Call Me Mrs. Miracle - Sequel to Mrs. Miracle
Author: Debbie Macomber
ISBN-13: 978-0-7783-2819-3 (Hardcover)
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Christmas time in New York City
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None (Kisses)
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Debbie's Website/Blog: www.debbiemacomber.com
He hasn’t celebrated Christmas in over twenty years. A tragic accident snuffed out any desire Jake Finley may have had to carry on any family traditions or take part in any of the city’s vibrant holiday festivities. What’s important is the bottom dollar. He needs to show his father, J. R. Finley, that he is more than capable to take over the family department store. Making the unadvised buying decision for the toy department was risky, but one he’s sure will pay off. If not, his job may be on the line.
Holly Larson’s life has changed dramatically in the last several weeks. Her brother’s reserve unit was called up to go to Afghanistan leaving Holly to care for her nephew Gabe. She’s not very confident in her abilities as a parent, but for both their sakes she will make sure that they adjust and make the very best of their little family.
It’s a chance meeting that brings these two bemused and harried souls together. The attraction is immediate. They both feel it. But is it really a chance meeting? I wonder, because Mrs. Miracle is in town…
Holly tries to engage Gabe’s interest in the holiday season. She’s going to do what she can to make Christmastime as happy and memorable as possible. What’s more memorable than a trip to see Santa? What’s more frustrating than to find the toy Gabe really wants is way out of her budget?
As they visit the toy department to get a closer look at the toy Gabe wants frustration at her financial woes takes a back seat. Mrs. Miracle is there and has snagged Gabe’s undivided attention. Holly thinks she’s lovely, just the grandmotherly type that the toy department needs. She’s a great marketing strategy.
But all thoughts of Finley’s marketing strategy dissipate when Holly runs into Jake, again. There’s something about him, something that makes her warm and comfortable, yet sizzling at the same time.
He’s captivated by Holly. She feels as if she’s known Jake forever. Yet their lives are a bit on the complicated side right now. Do they dare turn the "chance" meetings into something more? Do they see where the feelings and excitement lead them? And how come Mrs. Miracle seems to know so much?
What a touching and warm-hearted Christmas story! It’s Christmas at its uncomplicated best. The reader will be as enamored of Holly, Jake, and Gabe as they are of Mrs. Miracle. Plus there is the added conflict of Lindy, Holly’s boss. You can really feel for Holly.
A Debbie Macomber Christmas novel is synonymous with Christmas itself; love, compassion, joy and miracles. They both go well with hot cocoa, sugar cookies, Christmas Carols, and softly falling snow.
So play your Christmas Carols in the background, make some hot cocoa, plate up a sugar cookie or two (or three) and enjoy.
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