About: Mrs. Merkle (aka Mrs. Miracle) brings people together and helps them discover the blessings of Christmas.
Descriptive Words: Heartwarming Christmas novel.
Thoughts: Debbie Macomber introduced readers to Mrs. Miracle in her 2009 novel of the same name. Mrs. Miracle is a kind woman who has a knack for appearing when someone really needs her. In Call Me Mrs. Miracle she’s a clerk in the toy department of Finley’s Department Store in New York City. The owner of the store, J.R. Finley and his son Jake, the toy dept. manager, haven’t celebrated Christmas since a tragic event occurred twenty-one years earlier. Eight-year-old Gabe Larson lives with his Aunt Holly while his Dad serves with the National Guard in Afghanistan. Gabe’s mother died when he was a baby so Holly gladly took in her brother’s son. Holly works for a fashion designer (a real Scrooge) who may not give out a bonus this year. They all could use some Christmas spirit. Mrs. Miracle really has her work cut out for her but she’s up to the challenge.
Debbie Macomber does what she does best – writes stories about regular people dealing with real-life situations. However, Mrs. Miracle is a magical character. Some might call her an angel but she never explains herself. I find that to be part of her charm. I enjoyed watching her work her special brand of magic on the characters in this novel. It’s a sweet story with a warm message.
Mrs. Miracle was a movie on The Hallmark Channel last year. Call Me Mrs. Miracle (the movie) will air this Christmas season (original air date is Nov. 27). Doris Roberts plays the title role.
Source: Mira Books via NetGalley
Why I Chose: I enjoy Debbie Macomber’s novels.
Recommend? Yes, to fans of Debbie Macomber, Christmas novels.
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Pub. date: Sept. 28, 2010