Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
The help of a good housekeeper was all Seth Webster thought he needed and after his twin six-year-old boys (Jason & Judd) had run off all of them that the agency had sent over, Seth was on his last thread. The arrival of Mrs. Merkle (Mrs. Miracle) was just that, a miracle. In a matter of a few days she had not only gotten his house back in order, but the boys were behaving better than ever. With Christmas approaching the Church program was important to so many people, so when the director left, everyone scramble to find someone who could manage the kids, and organize the volunteers in time to pull it all off. Reba Maxwell was just that sort of person, plus she needed someplace to be on Christmas Eve so she didn’t have to face parts of her family that she had been avoiding for the past four years. Finally having an excuse to meet, Seth and Reba found they had a lot in common. Their painful past gave them each a reason to be cautious, but finding a kindred spirit helped - to a point.
****4 Mrs. Macomber does it again. She has a way of finding the right combination to make every character so real, believable, annoying and sympathetic all at the same time. The addition of the in-laws and their troubles made Seth that much more of a loveable yet ‘lost soul’ type of person. The whole deal with Reba and sister Vicki was at first aggravating to me, then I got it, finally. As far as Mrs. Miracle is concerned, she seemed to have a little bit more of a connection then most do but, is she just intuitive or is she an Angel sent to help this group find the Christmas Miracle they all needed, wanted and deserved?
April 21, 2009