Holiday Reading: Call Me Mrs. Miracle

Author: Debbie Macomber

Narrator: Jennifer Van Dyck

Publisher: Mira Publishing, 2010

Genre:  Christmas

Format: Audio

Source: Library

Why I Read The Book: The synopsis appealed to me.

Short Synopsis from the author’s website: (Debbie Macomber)

This Christmas, Emily Merkle (call her Mrs. Miracle!) is working in the toy department at Finley’s, the last family-owned department store in New York City. And her boss is none other than…Jake Finley, the owner’s son.

For Jake, holiday memories of brightly wrapped gifts, decorated trees and family were destroyed in a Christmas Eve tragedy years before. Now Christmas means just one thing to him — and to his father. Profit. Because they need a Christmas miracle to keep the business afloat.

Holly Larson needs a miracle, too. She wants to give her eight-year-old nephew, Gabe, the holiday he deserves. Holly’s widowed brother is in the army and won’t be home for Christmas, but at least she can get Gabe that toy robot from Finley’s, the one gift he desperately wants. If she can figure out how to afford it…

Fortunately, it’s Mrs. Miracle to the rescue. Next to making children happy, she likes nothing better than helping others — and that includes doing a bit of matchmaking!

What I Liked:

  • I like most of Debbie Macomber’s books, especially her older ones. I read that her inspiration for this story was the movie, Miracle On 34th Street. In comparison, I think Mrs. Macomber did quite well.
  • My favorite thing about this book is the basic premise: there are angels everywhere. Sometimes we see them but don’t recognize them as angels. This story has me thinking about this: Who are the people in my life who have been angels in disguise? How did I treat them? Is there a possibility I could have been someone else’s angel?
  • First of all, this was beautifully narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck. She played all the voices so well from the elderly Mrs. Miracle and the eight-year-old Gabe to the adult males and females. She helped me ‘see’ the characters. She even did a great job of reading the three recipes.

My Rating: B+

Recommend? Yes, especially if you like all the ends tied up and happily-ever-after.

The Hallmark Channel made a TV movie based on this book as well as the first Mrs. Miracle. Emily Miracle is played by Doris Roberts. Here she is (on the left) with the author, Debbie Macomber. I think Doris Roberts is the perfect inspiration while reading this book.

I borrowed my copy from the library. Call Me Mrs. Miracle is also available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.) This is Book #2 is The Spirit Of Christmas Challenge..

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10 Responses to Holiday Reading: Call Me Mrs. Miracle

  1. Molly says:

    I have this on my December reading list. I absolutely LOVE Miracle on 34th Street, so I am thrilled to hear that was her inspiration for this story.

  2. Ha – next you’ll be getting into all those YA books about fallen angels! :–)

  3. I do enjoy books like this during the holidays and I really like what you said about angels in our lives. It really makes you stop to think. I have the first Mrs. Miracle book – maybe I can get it read this year.

  4. kaye says:

    I watched that movie the other night 🙂 you sure are working your way through the Christmas books.

  5. I’m reading my first Debbie Macomber book and I’m really enjoying it. I look forward to trying out more of her books. Thanks for the recommendation.

  6. caite says:

    I know I will never get time to read it before Christmas, but I might catch the movie.

  7. Tami says:

    I hadn’t thought about the similarities between this book and Miracle on 34th Street, but now that you mention it… I really enjoyed this book and the movie is great, too – even if they did change the story a little bit, which usually annoys me.

    Lovely thought about angels being all around us, and more importantly, how we can be someone else’s angel.

  8. stacybuckeye says:

    I love the adorable cover.

  9. Staci says:

    I love Doris Roberts and want to read this one for sure…I will keep her face in my mind while doing so!!

  10. Robin says:

    Okay I want this one. 🙂

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