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.
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Hmmm…. I’ve seen lots of lovely reviews of Debbie Macomber books and I was really excited to try this one. Originally I planned to read Merry and Bright but then Bookbub offered me Mr. Miracle for much less so I took that one instead. I’m not sure it was the best decision but I did enjoy the read.
This story reminded me of a Touched by an Angel episode. There was an angel learning the ropes, a more experienced angel guide and a few people in need of divine intervention. Two unhappy people find a way to bring happiness to their lives and let in the Christmas spirit while falling in love. It’s cute, it’s short and it’s about the magic of Christmas. Those are the bits I really enjoyed in this tale.
Yes, it’s a love story but I would have liked some more tension built into the actual falling in Love. What makes them, after all these years, finally agree that they can make each other happy?
What disappointed me in this story is that I wanted more depth to the characters. At the start, they seemed like very complex figures that I’d have enjoyed getting to know better. I felt as though just enough was provided to hook me, but then not enough was done to allow me to delve into and savour how these people change.
Erich is painted as the golden boy from next door. He’s a bit jaded in love because of a past relationship. His previous love is cast as a vixen with no explanation as to why she is so. Also, we don’t get enough insight into his present life or his past. We just see him as anti-Christmas and realise that it’s up to Addie to change this.
My biggest peeve, however, is that there is no explanation given for how poorly he treated Addie in the past. He was pretty much a bully to her. Why? I’m not sure he ever properly apologises for how mean he was. Why the change of heart now?
We get a bit more insight into Addie herself. Her major issue is that she needs to be more self-confident and realize that she can indeed succeed in an academic and then professional setting. The biggest gap in her story is the years she spent away from home. Bits and pieces are referred to several times but no satisfactory backstory is explored.
The epilogue does a good job in explaining how things will play out to suit the main characters and even some of the secondary ones. By way of resolutions, therefore, this story offers good ones.
I also enjoyed the references to the Charles Dickens Christmas Classic, A Christmas Carol. It’s the book the class studies and I learnt a new thing or two about Mr. Dickens.
Overall I give this book 3.5/5 miraculous shots.