Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber

Title: Mr. Miracle
Author: Debbie Macomber
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: -
Main Characters: Addie and Erick
Release Date: October 2014
Publisher: Ballantine
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Sexual Intensity: g-rated

Story Overview:
Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in this heartwarming Christmas novel of romance, hope, and the comforts of home—coming soon as a Hallmark Channel original movie!

Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track—and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.

After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she doesn’t plan to do is run into Erich Simmons.

Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to tease her. Now she intends to avoid him entirely, yet when they’re suddenly forced to spend Christmas together, Addie braces for trouble.

Perhaps it’s the spirit of the season or the magic of mistletoe, but Addie and Erich soon find they have more in common than they thought—and that two people who seem so wrong for each other may actually be just right. With a little prompting from a certain angelic teacher, the two are in for a holiday miracle they’ll never forget.

My Review:
The author states in the letter at the front before this story even begins that this book is written with plans to become a Hallmark movie. That warning was nice because it felt like a Hallmark holiday movie. It's sweet and light and heartwarming, but there's not a huge amount of depth to the story, although I like the idea of it being an ongoing series featuring Harry the angel on this college campus. It would make a great on-going story like that.

Harry is a new guardian angel and he's fumbling through both being human, working as a professor on a college campus, and his first assignment, Addie. Addie has just moved home after 6 years away, but she did so without any warning to her newly widowed mother who was looking to her first Christmas without her husband. Because she knew the holiday was going to be rough, Addie's mother already made plans to take her dream cruise with their next door neighbor over the holiday. To further throw a wrench into the plans, the neighbor's son, Erich, was in a car accident and he has two broken wrists...he's virtually helpless. Although the two grew up with a very contentious relationship, Addie and Erich vow to work together so that their mothers can continue on their vacation over the holiday.

Like I said the book is light. I actually would have loved it if it would have delved into Addie and Erich more. I really liked them and their back-story, but felt like there was a lot more that could have been expounded upon there, especially as to why Erich had always been so cruel to her. As a reader...and a romance centric one...I assumed it was because he had a secret crush on her, but that's not what was presented in the story at all. In fact the story made him seem just really cruel as a kid/teenager who had to deal with this girl who was crushing on him. But none of that is really explored and besides a few kisses and watching Jeopardy together, their relationship isn't explored too heavily either. I liked their story, but wanted more depth. 

As it is, this is a light and fluffy holiday read. Honestly, the movie will probably be more satisfying than the book simply because you don't expect any more than that from the movies. But if you're looking for an afternoon's escape for the holidays this one works.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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