Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: A Season of Angels - 1st in the Angels Everywhere series
Author: Debbie Macomber
Release Date: June 2011 (1993 Reprint)
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Washington State
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Very Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Debbie's Website/Blog: www.debbiemacomber.com
Three angels. Three assignments. And to Archangel Gabriel’s dismay, multiple opportunities for Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy to get into trouble. But God wanted these particular angels assigned to these particular prayer requests; and God being God, well, He knows what He’s doing.
Shirley’s assigned to 9 year-old Timmy Potter. He wrote a letter to God asking for a father. This brings only more heart break for Jody, his mother. She’s been grieving deeply for her husband for many years and doesn’t know if she can move forward in life instead of living in past. With Shirley on top of the prayer request, Jody’s outlook on her life takes a drastic turn, as do the following events.
Goodness has an easy assignment. It is to guide Monica to the husband she’s prayed for; the one God has in mind for her. First, however, before Monica can be happy in love, she needs to loosen her hold on her (extremely) self-righteous attitude. Of course Goodness has things well in hand. It was an accident that she (literally) pushed Monica into the arms of Chet, a man who was so wrong for her. Goodness had until just after Christmas to set things right…before they declined even further.
Mercy’s prayer request is as difficult as one can be. Leah desperately wanted a baby. It was to the point that it consumed her above all else, even her marriage. She never realized what a toll it took, that it had become an obsession. Leah had to find acceptance and peace of not having a baby before she could move forward and receive the blessings God desires her to have.
All three angels have their work cut out for them. Each prayer request is important, and they’re up to the assigned tasks. They think they know what’s best and act upon it. Jody, Monica, and Leah each think they know what’s best as well, and have been praying accordingly. We know God’s best isn’t always what we think is best for us. A difficult thing to remember.
Reprint or not, this is a classic Debbie Macomber Christmas novel; delightful and uplifting. It’s full of subtle, entertaining and emotional reminders of whose hands we should leave our troubles in. The characters are likable and will touch the heart.
Ms. Macomber is in a league all her own when it comes to spreading the Christmas spirit via her compassionate and engaging writing. She never fails to make the Christmas Season a little brighter and joyful.
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