Sunday, 25 January 2015

Book Review - Mr Miracle by Debbie Macomber

Mr Miracle
Mr Miracle by Debbie Macomber
Published:  20th November 2014
Publisher: Cornerstone
Pages: 272
Available in paperback and on Kindle
Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help Addie Folsom to get her life back on track - and help her find love.

Creating a happy ending for Addie and her neighbour Erich doesn’t seem like much of a challenge. But soon after arriving in the town of Tacoma, Harry realises he might need some guidance. Addie and Erich can't stand each other; growing up he was popular and outgoing, while she was rebellious and headstrong. Addie would now rather avoid Erich entirely, especially at Christmas.

Harry is going to need all the help he can get, and a bit of divine inspiration, to help Addie and Erich find their Christmas miracle.
I was sent a copy of this to review via NetGalley and after reading Mrs Miracle by Debbie Macomber I was expecting this book to have that same warm and cosy Christmas magic. Sadly this book didn’t live up to my expectations and left me wanting more from the story.
Mr Miracle is Harry Mills, an angel-in-training sent to earth to help Addie Folsom and her classmates to overcome difficulties in their lives. Having not experienced human emotions before Harry initially believes this will be a breeze. He is told he must help Addie form a relationship with her childhood next door neighbour Erich Simmons, piece of cake thinks Harry until he realises Addie and Erich have hated each other for years. Addie had a secret crush on Erich back when he was best friends with her brother Jeremy but sadly Erich just teased Addie, causing her to hate him. After Erich has a car accident Addie is left to care for him as their windowed mothers have left to go on a cruise over Christmas. With Harry’s help can Addie and Erich ever find a way to get along?
I loved this sound of this book and was expecting a magical sort of romance occurring between Addie and Erich with a little help from “Mr Miracle” however I felt the changes in their relationship happened just too quickly, one minute the hate each other and the next day they are declaring love for each other, hardly realistic! The whole book felt like it was really rushed even though the plotline is very thin. This book is only 272 pages and I feel if it were slightly longer and included more on the minor characters it might have been better.
Harry for me came across as a little smug, thinking his mission was easy and wasn’t nearly as lovely as his counterpart Mrs Miracle. He was very easily led by French teacher Michelle and he was often getting into trouble with the campus principal for not complying with college regulations.
I was intrigued by the minor characters in this book and wish that there had been more about them. Especially Elaina the canteen worker, Brady the Janitor, Danny and Andrew and his guardian angel dog. Maybe other stories will focus on these characters?
This is a book which does have a little Christmas spirit in it, like the Christmas tree lights scene and I also liked the details about the “pot luck” party which Harry hosted for his class. Because of this I’m glad I read this book even though the characters were a little flat and the plotline rushed. Hopefully the next Debbie Macomber book I read will have more of her usual magic.
Rating 3/5

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