You have not read this wrong. Yes, this is a Christmas book. Yes, on Chocolate’n’Waffles. No, I am not sick 😅😂 Only fools never change their minds!
Title: A Mrs Miracle Christmas
Author: Debbie Macomber
Date of publication: November 2019 (ebook)
Laurel McCullough is in desperate need of help. Her beloved grandmother has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and the baby she and her husband Zach have longed for now seems like an impossible dream.
So when the kind-hearted, and a little bit unbelievable, nurse Mrs Miracle appears at the door, Laurel couldn’t be more relieved. She invites the nurse into her life and it’s not long before they become the dearest of friends.
When her grandmother’s condition begins to improve, and as Laurel and Zach continue their desperate quest for a child, Laurel soon realises that there is more to Mrs Miracle than meets the eye…
It is that time of the year. The TV is either blaring about the most amazing toys or airing movies I never want to watch. Cities have begun wearing their most sparkling coats of light and colours. To be honest, Christmas has never been my favourite time of the year. Sarcastic and cynical me prefers to treat her family and friends throughout the year instead of waiting for a special day.
So why, but why did I choose to read a book that screams Christmas????
Because I wanted to be proved wrong. I wanted to shut this little voice in my head saying that Christmas wasn’t for me. I wanted to see if my opinion on the festivities could evolve.
So, did it work?
Scarcely had a book deserved his title as much as A Mrs Miracle Christmas! A miracle did happen. I can’t believe I am writing this!!!
Okay, let’s go back to the start for a second. Lauren’s grandmother Helen has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Lauren and her husband Zach are in an impossible situation. Lauren has lost faith, being denied the chance to become a mother.
Lauren and Zach’s marriage moved me. Becoming parents can seem so easy for some, and atrociously difficult for others. Husband and wife carry their grief and struggle, they try to cope as best as they can, but the weight of the loss of their dream is a dark cloud over their head.
I was not expecting such a down-to-earth, relatable opening. I fell for the lovely Helen on the spot. Her pain at slowly feeling her memory fade was awfully painful, and her guilt at being a burden for her granddaughter brought tears to my eyes.
Now you might be furrowing your brows, thinking ‘s this really a Christmas novel???’
Yes, it is!
Despite the heavy subjects at hand, Debbie Macomber manages to create a warm atmosphere with endearing characters you can’t help but connect with. Just when I was feeling comfortable enough with this family, a certain Mrs Miracle rang the bell. I remember thinking ‘is this when the eye-rolling begins?’
My eyes didn’t roll but stayed focused on the pages as I followed the author on the fine line she’s drawn. A grain of magic in our very grey and cold world. I was wrapped in a lovely blanket of warmth and magic. We all need a Mrs Miracle in our life! Nothing is too obvious, no problem gets solved in a paragraph. Debbie Macomber injects happiness in her reader’s veins in a subtle way. Reading A Mrs Miracle Christmas felt like rediscovering the beauty of Christmas. But not just that. It also left me wanting to forget the wrongs and focus on those around me. Do I sound naïve? I don’t care. The book filled my heart with old memories of my childhood, when anything could happen, before I turned into a Grinch, or what some call adulthood.
A Mrs Miracle Christmas is the perfect festive read. Had it been too heavy on romance, Christmas, or absolutely impossible things, I would never have finished it. The beauty in Debbie Macomber’s novel is the spot-on balance of sweetness, humour, love, and hardships. It was a delight to read such a light yet meaningful book.
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I would like to thank Arrow Books and Rachel for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for bringing a bit of Christmas glitter my way.
Debbie Macomber is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers. In addition to fiction, Debbie has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; and two acclaimed children’s books. The beloved and bestselling Cedar Cove series became Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic scripted television series, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, which was ranked as the top program on US cable TV when it debuted in summer 2013. Hallmark has also produced many successful films based on Debbie’s bestselling Christmas novels. Debbie Macomber owns her own tea room, and a yarn store, A Good Yarn, named after the shop featured in her popular Blossom Street novels. She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida.