10 December 2010

Call Me Mrs. Miracle | Book Review

Book: Call Me Mrs. Miracle
Authoress: Debbie Macomber
Pages: 253 Publisher: Mira
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audio
Genre: Romance, Christmas, Adult Fiction

My summary: He stopped celebrating Christmas when his mother died many years ago. She is still feeling the burn of her last break-up and feeling very alone this Christmas. But fate, her nephew, and Mrs. Miracle are about to change everything.

My say: I now know why Debbie Macomber is a best seller. Call Me Mrs. Miracle is down-right delightful. It isn't Christian Fiction, but it is infused with faith, angels, magic, and the miracles that can happen around Christmas. The story moves at a nice pace that allows the reader to delight in a snow covered New York City Christmas and romance.

My star rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My recommendation: I would recommend this one to anyone seeking some holiday spirit.

My favorite part: The kiss that followed the carriage ride through Central Park.

My favorite line: I LOVED the quick quotes and words of advice that open each chapter. Like this gem, "People are like tea bags - you have to drop them in hot water before you know how strong they are."

My cover thoughts: Beautiful! It makes me want to go window shopping.

My kiddie-o-meter: As clean as fresh snow.

My holiday cheer meter: Low Medium High

My notes: Foodie score! This one features a variety of recipes from Fried Chicken to Sugar Cookies.

My final say: In the story, Holly is desperately trying to save enough money to buy her nephew the gift he so desperately wants for Christmas. Have you ever gone to an extreme measure to buy someone you love a Christmas hot ticket item?

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49 comments :

  1. This is one of those books I placed on my TBR pile. It sounded good, then I convinced myself maybe not and removed it. Is this a single book or one in a series? After reading this review I'm really pumped up about reading this. I am a sucker for a book with a great lesson and great quotes! Again another stellar job!

    PS: Yes, I've had many occasions where I've even taken on a second job to get my husband and extra surprise for the holidays. Its always worth it to see his happy face on Christmas day and wonder how in the world I managed to pull this off!

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  2. Gina Precious: To answer your question: It's a single book. There is another one called Mrs. Miracle where she first introduces the characters but both books are stand alones and I prefer this one. (My review for the other one is coming soon)

    BTW, thanks :)

    P.S. You're a good wife! *high five*

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  3. I recognize this title! I found it when I was shopping with my mom for grocery food, lol. It seems like a sweet read!

    And that tea quote sounds very similar to what Eleanor Roosevelt once said. o.o

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  4. nice little review. i love the cover as well. also love that your fave part is the kiss :)

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  5. Aww what a lovely review. I think this is going to be a TV movie on Lifetime or Hallmark Channel. Thanks for the recommendation :)
    ALways down for holiday cheer.

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  6. Sounds so sweet! I might have to break down once again and by myself another Christmas book . . . My extreme measure Christmas gift: Right after my dad died I decided to scan all the old family photos I could find (from aunts, cousins, etc.) and make photo albums as gifts. Back then there was only one place in town to do it, and it wasn't cheap. But the lady running the scanner showed me how to lighten the black and white photos, enlarge them, and so on. The whole project cleaned out my Christmas club, but seeing my sisters and Mom open them on Christmas morning: Priceless!

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  7. I adore her books. Always light, fun & safe for everyone!

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  8. Oh, this sounds adorable, Juju! Awesome review :)

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  9. PP: Yup all the stores are carrying it :) Sounds like I need to look about some Eleanor Roosevelt :)

    Nomes: Ahh thanks :)

    Jenny Girl: Yup. They recently released the made for tv movie :)

    Renee Ann: Yah I feel ya! I never buy this many books but I have been buying almost all my Christmas books. What a beautiful gift you described! My husband's grandma just passed away this summer. So I'm making his aunt a photo ornament of her mom. Those gifts are the ones people really cherish. Thanks for sharing your story with me :)

    Gina Hott: Exactly :)

    Melissa: Thanks doll :)

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  10. Juju- your review made me feel all Christmas-y inside....:D

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  11. Oh! 5 out of 5??? wow, I really like Debbie Macomber but have not read this one yet. Hmm Guess I should try it out.
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  12. Tina: YAH! :) Thanks for the lovely compliment :)

    Wall-to-wall: I'm telling you, I'm becoming a DM fast :)

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  13. I am so anxious to read this! I LOVE Debbie's books! This one was in my Wish list but am now moving it to the TOP! Thanks for your thoughts!

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  14. Molly: Yah! Then you are sure to love this one. Enjoy and thanks for popping by :)

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  15. You have been reading such good holidays books :=)

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  16. Kiss after a carriage ride? Yes, please. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  17. Meredith: Right? *high five*
    Blod: Why thank you! I love your hat btw :)

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  18. You know I've been wanting to find a good Christmas book for my aunt. This one might be it! Thanks for the review!

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  19. love the sounds of this, from the kiss to the christmas cookies. nice.

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  20. Food and Christmas! Is there a better combo. Great review Juju. I have seen the cover for this one everywhere and I'm glad to know it is as good as it sounds. I still have 4 more books to read to complete my challenge and I just might have to include this one because I want to know more about that kiss.

    This Christmas, the hot ticket item I wanted to get was the iPad for my moma. I hope she likes it.

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  21. I've always enjoyed Debbie Macomber books. Thanks for the review, Juju. I love it that you're doing so many Christmas books! :-)

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  22. Nice review! I went to the book store yesterday and there was a display of Debbie Macomber books. I never knew she had written that many before.

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  23. Oh...this one sounds delightful!
    As far as the extreme shopping, I haven't yet...unless you count standing outside in the freezing cold for 2 hrs to get 1 of only 20 Tickle Me Elmo Extreme dolls coming in to a particular store before the holidays a few yrs back extreme....but my Mom did. Back when I was a wee child, she almost got her arm broken over a Cabbage Patch doll. O_O Funny thing...I still have it though. (Gotta love Mom..)

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  24. This sounds like the perfect Christmas read! But I think I'd need a big glass of eggnog and a pile of shortbread cookies to go with it.

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  25. Alita: Ooo girl I like the way you think! Here here for shortbread!! ;)

    MC: Thanks :)

    GMR: Oooo your mama loved you! She rocks! :)

    Jenny N.: Me neither. This Christmas was the first time I really looked into DM.

    Shannon: Thanks :)

    Missie: Oooo you are one good daughter! Yah for mami! Side note: The kiss isn't steamy so much as it is sweet :)

    VV: Ahhh thanks :)

    Melissa: Ooo perfect! :) I hope you decide to pick it up for her. :)

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  26. Now I'm in the mood for sugar cookies. lol
    Great review, Juju. I'm curious where you get your recommendations for such lovely Christmas reads.

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  27. Oh yay! I bought this one last week because of your mention of this author earlier and now I can't wait to read it! Hopefully I can dig into it next week, because it sounds so good. And food too! I love when authors are able to incorporate food into the story and make it that much better. Yay! I can't wait to read it! :o)

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  28. This one sounds so great! I've watched the Hallmark movie and loved it, not knowing it was based off of a book. I'll have to look this one up at my library! Great review :)

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  29. JessBookLover: Yah! Cookies :) To answer your questions, I think I've been stalking the Christmas counter at B&N and scoping Amazon :)

    1stdaughter: Yah! I think you'll really dig it :)

    JessiKay: Oooooo I want to see the movie so bad! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  30. I've never read Debbie Macomber, but I keep thinking I should try her sometime! Great review!

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  31. I love reading the short Christmas books each year. There have been two Mrs. Miracle movies on Hallmark recently -- enjoyed them both. Still haven't read the couple of Macomber books on my home shelf :(

    P.s. I really do like your short synopsis lists because I just don't write or have the time to read long reviews, as informative as they may be. Is it okay to adapt that format sometimes for my reviews?

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  32. Aths: This Christmas was my first time reading DM. And I'm pretty hooked so far :)

    Kim: Ahhh I really need to see those movies :)To answer your question: Sure! I only ask that you credit me somewhere on your blog :) Thank you so much for asking :)

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  33. You know, I tend to automatically pass up Debbie Macomber's books... don't really know why... maybe because I passed the romance-only highschool days phase and has been into urban fantasy for the last many years... and she is firmly in the highschool days kinda read... now, maybe I ought to try her out... thanks for sharing your views Juju! :)

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  34. Cherry: I feel ya. I'm not familiar with her regular stuff, but I am seriously LOVING her Christmas stuff :)

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  35. I didn't know this one had recipes! I loved the first chapter. I so want a Telly the SuperRobot :) Thanks for recommending this one. I usually don't read Debbie Macomber, either. I'm with Cherry. I haven't read adult romance since high school. I like romance if it's part of a YA book. Go Christmas books!

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  36. ...which I guess is sorta funny now that I'm an adult I read high school books. Go figure.

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  37. Julie: I feel ya. I usually steer away from straight romance but these Christmas ones are such fun.

    Come to think of it Julie. I use to do the same thing. When I was a teen, I loved reading adult fiction. Now that I'm an adult, I love reading YA. But back in my day YA was non-existent/lame. Today's YA is amazing.

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  38. Another cute holiday read! Yay! :D

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  39. I have to tell you I love this cover!

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  40. Sounds like fun! I loved the Hallmark movie!

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  41. Oh my gosh, Romance!!! I would really love to read this. It sounds like a perfect romantic holiday movie! :D I need to watch one right now!

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  42. I finished reading this book last night! I loved it!!! I cried through the whole last chapter. I couldn't even see. LOL. I'm a Debbie Macomber fan, now! Thanks again for the recommendation. I'm off to get a couple more of her books :)

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  43. Lily: Thank you :)

    Cari: Me too :)

    Ruth: The book is better :) But isn't that almost always the case?

    Justine: Yah! :)

    Julie: YAH! :) *happy dance*

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  44. Didn't they just have a TV movie bases on this? I wanted to see it.

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  45. I had read this one for 2 holiday challenges this year. Debbie Macomber books are always such a nice refreshing read. In fact, there are many that I keep of her just so I can reread them when I am feeling a little under the weather. They just seem to uplift you.

    Great review.

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  46. Andrea: They did! Good catch :) I saw them both. They're cute but not as good as the books.

    Wakela: They sure are! Great point :)

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  47. I read this one right after Christmas and it was the perfect way to try to prolong the holiday good spirits.

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  48. Jill: O I so agree! :) Debbie Macomber is my new queen of Christmas fiction :)

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