MR. MIRACLE

MR. MIRACLE                                          DEBBIE MACOMBER
Posted: Dec. 29, 2014

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.

MY REVIEW:
     This story is very unusual than most.  It engages your mind and spirit for the Christmas season.  She leads you straight in by having Harry Mills transported to Earth in the Pacific Northwest on the Campus of Southshore Community College.  Its overcast, looks like rain at any moment, in the month of Dec, and he remarks to himself it’s exactly what he expected.
     Harry seems befuddled when he understands he has a mentor by the name of Celeste Chapeaux.  Although, understands her powers are above and beyond his own and reach far beyond his classification.  He is willing to play along hoping she would realize his knowledge and intelligence was capable of this assignment without her supervision.  Especially, since he realizes she was sent in the body of a young person close to a teen and a barista at that.  He is a middle aged, wise, and mature man who should not need a teen to guide him.  Harry was the exact combo of cocky and over confident needed to make this story interesting.
     His first assignment is Addie Folsom a girl who left home at eighteen thinking she had the world by the tail.  Ending up living in a trailer and being a waitress.  Never having any luck or guidance in school due to her dyslexia she always felt stupid.  Her dream was to become a chiropractor like her father.  Just like her now bad relationship over her teen years was now shattered with her dad.  Since, now she had just found out he passed away.  It was time to go home and help out her mom.
     Harry’s second assignment is Erich Simmons.  He is a guy Addie had a “thing” for.  If they are to have a relationship he will have to guide it.  Things have already been set in motion.  You see Erich has a car accident and his mom feels she needs to stay home and care for him since both his wrist to elbow are in cast.  Addie’s mom and Julie, Erich’s mom, were to leave to go on a cruise the next morning after he got home from the hospital.  Now they can’t.  They will lose out on the cruise and the refund.
     So, after Celeste and Harry make her feel guilty for being so petty Addie offers to care for Erich.  Which they both HATE each other, but agree to act like grown-ups for the sake of their mom’s.   The story begins and ends as I see it.  I have to say this is one of Debbie’s most disappointing stories for me.  It started out great but then it started going downhill about the 57% mark on my Kindle.  I kept thinking when’s the meat and potatoes being served up?
     This story never quite brought it for me.  It left so many unanswered questions that I wanted to know about so many of the characters but especially Addie and Erich.  Here they were enemies all their lives and not one word of discussion of why he treated her that way.  Growth or no growth in a person a woman would ask that question.  I am sorry I give this a sad face.  I really feel like she wrote it for television and not for us the readers.  I even watched the movie to see how she would work it there and it was totally different from the book and even worse.  Still no answers.  Awful!!! I give this 3 stars 2 ½ really.  Provided by Net Galley.
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