Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel

Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel

by Debbie Macomber

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Beloved author Debbie Macomber celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in this heartwarming Christmas novel of romance, hope, and the comforts of home—coming soon as a Hallmark Channel original movie!

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.

Praise for Mr. Miracle

“Macomber’s Christmas novels are always something to cherish. Mr. Miracle is a sweet and innocent story that will lift your spirits during the holidays and throughout the year. Celebrating the comforts of home, family traditions, forgiveness and love, this is the perfect, quick Christmas read.”RT Book Reviews

“[Macomber] writes about romance, family and friendship with a gentle, humorous touch.”Tampa Bay Times

“Macomber spins another sweet, warmhearted holiday tale that will be as comforting to her fans as hot chocolate on Christmas morning.”Kirkus Reviews

“This gentle, inspiring romance will be a sought-after read.”Library Journal

“Macomber cheerfully presents a holiday story that combines the winsomeness of a visiting angel (similar to Clarence from It’s a Wonderful Life) with the more poignant soulfulness of A Christmas Carol to bring to life a memorable reading experience.”Bookreporter

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804194563
Publisher: Diversified Publishing
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 235,845
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Debbie Macomber, the author of Love Letters, Blossom Street Brides, Starry Night, Rose Harbor in Bloom, The Inn at Rose Harbor, Starting Now, Angels at the Table, A Turn in the Road, 1105 Yakima Street, Hannah’s List, and Twenty Wishes, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Nine of her novels have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, with three debuting at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly lists. In 2009 and 2010, Mrs. Miracle and Call Me Mrs. Miracle were Hallmark Channel’s top-watched movies for the year. In 2013, Hallmark Channel produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove. Debbie Macomber has more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide.


Port Orchard, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1948

Place of Birth:

Yakima, Washington


Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college

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Chapter One

This wasn’t the way it was supposed to happen. Six years out of high school, Addie Folsom had envisioned returning home loaded and driving a fancy car. Instead, she was limping back in a twenty-year-old Honda with close to three hundred thousand miles and her tail between her legs.

So much for the great promise of moving to Montana and walking into a get-rich-quick opportunity. She’d left Washington State with such high hopes . . . and ended up living in a leaky trailer and waiting tables in a run-down diner. It took all six of those years for Addie to admit she’d made a very big mistake. Pride, she’d learned, offered little comfort.

Oh, she’d returned home for visits at least a couple times a year. When asked pointed questions about her work in the silver mine, she’d made sure her answers were vague.

Then, last summer, her chiropractor father had died unexpectedly of a heart attack.

Addie had adored her dad as a child, but the moment she’d hit her teen years, their relationship had deteriorated. She hadn’t repaired things before he’d passed away so suddenly. In retrospect, she suspected she and her father were too much alike. Both were stubborn and headstrong, unwilling to admit when they were wrong or make the effort to build bridges.

They’d argued far too often, her mother stepping in, seeking to make peace between her husband and her daughter. How sorry Addie was for the strife between them, now that her father was gone.

For now, she was home for good. Addie parked in front of the single-story house where she’d spent the first eighteen years of her life. She loved that it had a front porch, which so many of the more modern homes didn’t. Normally, the Christmas lights would already be up. Her father had always seen to that the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year, however, the two arborvitae that bordered each side of the porch seemed stark and bare without the decorative lights.

Her mother must have been watching from the living-room window, because the minute Addie climbed out of the car, the front door flew open and Sharon Folsom rushed out with her arms open wide. “Addie, Addie, you’re home.”

Addie paused halfway up the walkway and hugged her mother close.

Sharon Folsom brought her hands up to Addie’s face and smoothed back her dark brown hair. Her mother’s chocolate-brown eyes, a reflection of her own, held her gaze with an intensity of longing.

Addie found she couldn’t speak. It felt so good to be home, to really be home.

Her mother hugged her even tighter this time. “You said you were coming back, and I’d hoped . . .” She left the rest unsaid.

“I’m not returning to Montana this time, Mom.”

“Oh Addie, really? I couldn’t be happier. So you decided you are definitely back to stay?” She wrapped her arm around Addie’s waist and led her up the porch steps. “It’s so wonderful to have you home, especially at this time of year . . . it’s the first one that’s so difficult, you know.”

The first Christmas without Dad.

“I talked to your uncle Roy,” her mother said.

“Yes?” Addie tried hard not to show how anxious she was to hear what her mother had found out.

“He’s pleased to know you’re interested in health care. Your dad would have been so happy; that was what he always wanted for you. Roy said once you get your high school diploma, he’ll do everything within his power to get you the schooling you need. He’s even willing to hire you part-time while you’re in school and to work around your class schedule.”

Addie hardly knew what to say. This was an opportunity she had never expected. More than she could ever hope would happen. Now it was up to her not to blow it.

“Aren’t you excited?”

Again, her throat tightened and she answered with a sharp nod. She knew that no matter what she hoped to accomplish, she’d need her high school diploma. One class credit was all she needed. Why she’d dropped out when she was so close to graduation was beyond her. How stupid and shortsighted she’d been. Her one missing credit was in literature, so she’d found a class she could take at the local community college.


As a high school sophomore, Addie had been assigned to read Moby-Dick. Because of her dyslexia, she was a slow, thoughtful reader, often using her finger on the page to help her keep track of the words. Then to be handed that doorstop and work her way through it page by excruciating page had been pure torture. Following Moby-Dick, she’d been completely turned off to reading in general . . . although lately, after her television had stopped working, she’d gotten a couple books at the library and enjoyed them immensely. Finding pleasure in reading had given her hope that maybe . . . just maybe she could return to school.

“I already signed up for a literature class. It starts this week, which I understand is a bit unusual; apparently, it was delayed until a teacher could be replaced.” Addie had thought she’d need to wait until mid-February, when the second semester began. This class was perfectly timed for her.

“You enrolled already?” How pleased her mother sounded, and her face brightened with the news.

They were inside the house now, and after removing her coat, Addie tucked her fingertips in the back pockets of her jeans. Standing in the middle of the kitchen, she looked around and breathed in the welcome she found in the familiar setting. Her mother had placed a few festive things around the house to help celebrate the season. The Advent wreath rested in the center of the kitchen table. The first purple candle had been lit.

When she was growing up, it’d been a big deal to see who got to light the candle every night at dinner, Addie or her brother. Generally, Jerry was given the honor. Oh, how her brother had loved lording it over her. He lived in Oklahoma now, was married, and worked as a physical therapist for a center that trained Olympic athletes. He’d always been athletic himself, just like his best friend, Erich Simmons, who lived next door. The two had been inseparable; any mental image of her brother also conjured up his constant sidekick and the way she’d humiliated herself over Erich.

At one time Addie had thought Erich Simmons was the cutest boy in the universe. He was a star athlete, class valedictorian, and the homecoming king. Addie hadn’t thought of him in a long time and didn’t know why he’d popped into her head now. As a teen, she’d idolized Erich and hadn’t bothered to hide the way she felt. He, unfortunately, found her hero worship highly amusing. Oh, there’d been the usual antics when they were kids. Her brother and Erich had wanted nothing to do with her, despite all her efforts to follow them around. It wasn’t until she was fourteen and fifteen that she’d viewed Erich in a different light and sent him valentines and baked him cookies. It embarrassed her no end to remember what a fool she’d made of herself over him, especially since he treated her like a jerk.

“Addie?” Her mother broke into her thoughts. “You look a million miles away.”

“Sorry, Mom.”

“Bring in your suitcases. I’ve got your old room all ready for you.”

It felt wonderful to be home.

Addie unloaded her car, which, sadly, took only a few minutes. Everything she’d managed to accumulate in six years was contained in two suitcases and a couple boxes. When she finished unpacking, she headed directly for the garage.

Her mother found her there ten minutes later. “Addie, my goodness, what are you doing here?” she asked. “I’ve been looking all over the house for you. Are you hungry? Would you like me to fix you something to eat?”

“In a little while.”

“What are you doing?”

Addie stood in the middle of the garage, surrounded by several clear plastic boxes she’d brought down from the shelves. Her father had been a whiz at organization, a trait she’d inherited. “I’m looking for the outdoor Christmas lights.”

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Miracle is an enjoyable and uplifting story and I highly recommend this book. It will warm the reader's heart during the holiday season. Harry Mills is an Angel sent from Heaven in human form. He fills in as an English teacher at Southshore Community College in Tacoma, Washington. His trial mission is to help a young woman named Addie Folsom.  Harry faces many challenges on Earth with Addie and with personal temptations. He learns many Earthly lessons which will change him. Addie and Erich also experience life changing situations. Will Harry succeed in his mission? Will Addie and Erich find a fresh start, along with love? Circumstances seem to lead to a mission impossible on all fronts. Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber is a cute story, and when the movie comes out, I will enjoy watching it. However, it is just a cute story, nothing to spectacular. It's the kind of story you pick up, knowing what to expect, and you are not too disappointed. However, I've been reading some well written novels, lately, with great character development, dialogue and action, so this was just okay. If you like this sort of novel and want something low key, it is a nice little story.   
Domino918 More than 1 year ago
Debbie Macomber is my favorite author. For me, the appeal of a Debbie book is that it's not about extraordinary women living glamorous lives. Her books are about real women, and people in general, who are relatable, who are living the same types of lives that her readers are living. She knows her audience and her audience loves that Debbie loves Christmas! We wait for her annual Christmas story with great anticipation! Mr. Miracle does not disappoint. It is a very sweet story about love and family and an angel's first time on Earth and his perception of humans and love. Debbie delivers another delightful Christmas story to her fans. . . she is our angel!
murfe More than 1 year ago
Found it a bit disappointed after her 3 angel tales from previous years. Liked the idea of a male angel, but was not overwhelmed with this one. A good read, but lacked teeth. pat
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Miracle is another extraordinary book from Debbie Macomber. It's a beautiful, joyous, humorous Christmas novel. For me, I could read this book anytime; it doesn't have to be read just at Christmas time. If you want a clean, easy-to-read, lovely holiday story, I believe you would enjoy Mr. Miracle. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber and unquestionably recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Debbie Macomber has written another heartwarming story about angles coming to earth to help their human charges.  Guardian angel, Harry Mills, is on his first mission on earth and is finding humans to be a bit of a challenge, as he has assumed that everything is kind, peaceful, and easy as times are in heaven.  He's here, posing as an English teacher at the local college, so he can help Addie straighten her life out, and to hopefully find love for her also. I always look forward to finding new uplifting stories about love and hope every Christmas season, and am never disappointed with a new Macomber story.  This year, I especially enjoyed the humor that comes from angels visiting this earthly realm and the problems that they face with their human charges.  This was an especially sweet love story, which included romantic love and the touching kind of love that comes from people helping others who have special needs from problems that they have encountered in their lives.  I listened to this on Audible and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you sure this was written by Debbie Macomber?? This book was certainly a disappointment. I have read and always looked forward to reading her books, but this book struck me a being done to get a commitment out of the way. Nothing like the rest of her books, when I finished it I felt that it had been a waste of my time.
Jill-07 More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely story with great characters that are involved in very believable situations. I didnt give it 5 stars because the story ended very abruptly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a good story but not the greatest. A good book for the holidays. Some Christmas cheer.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Miracle Debbie Macomber Book Summary: 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. Review: I found Mr. Miracle to start out slow and once I got going it became a quick easy read. I personally do not find this to be Debbie Macomber’s best. I liked the characters Okay but thought that both Addie and Erich were immature at times and I did not buy their affection. It is rare that I do not care fro a Debbie Macomber book but this is one. I kept waiting for the magic of Christmas to start and It did not for me. I am certain for some people this will be a great hit and enjoy the story overall. Addie and Erich were not unlikable. I guess the old fashioned idea of Christmas being about family is what I find enjoyable. However, in this story both mothers decide to go on a cruise together. I would like to thank Net Galley and Random House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Christmas is the perfect setting for guardian angels. Harry Mills is a new one, on his first mission. His cover is that of a literature teacher at a local school where his goal is to "help" Addie. What he's supposed to help her with is a little vague at first, but once we get to know her a little and get to meet Erich - we know just what both of them need. I loved the character of Harry Mills. Since it's his first time on earth and his first time interacting with humans, he makes some silly mistakes and gets himself in just a bit of trouble now and then. Who knew that emotions could be so strong anyways? These little errors help balance out his perfect in other ways self - he is an angel after all - and made him a delightful character. Addie and Erich were fun to watch, and you could tell they were meant to be together and help each other from the get go. Their relationship grew very naturally at first and I was loving it. There was one case divine intervention that went a bit overboard for my taste - the kind of intervention that really gets noticed. But no one really seemed to get overly concerned about it and it just seemed a little off compared to the rest of the story. This was a fun little Christmas read though. It was a great start to the holiday season (a little earlier than I usually like though). It really helped that there were some clever mentions of Dickens' Christmas Carol - actual discussion about the book and its meaning. I love when books talk about books. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not the usual touching and heartwarming holiday story we have come to expect from Ms Macomber. Instead it is an unfinished introduction to several characters and, without an actual ending, a blatant ploy to get us to buy the inevitable sequel -- probably a year from now. Way too short for all the story lines that get started but never wrapped up.
ginnymack More than 1 year ago
I have lots of Debbie's books. Am looking forward to getting Mr.Miracle. Enjoied the movies of Mrs.Miracle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved all of Debbie Macomber's books, but this one bored me. I had to make myself finish it. Not worth the cost. Very disappointed . Plot was boring.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
Debbie Macomber presents a pleasant Christmas novella with Mr. Miracle. The story centers on angels helping and guiding mortals. Macomber brings many favorite Christmas movies into the story, such as The Bishop's Wife and A Christmas Carol. The college literature class is studying the book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The theme of change hails from Mr. Miracle, as well as with A Christmas Carol. This is a Christmas novella that does not rely on dimensional characters and a complex setting. The message of change and hope of change dominate the story. I am also reading a Sharon McCrumb book which is proving to be a difficult journey, but Mr. Miracle gave me an afternoon of enjoyment and smiles.
bookluvr35SL More than 1 year ago
Great Christmas book to add to your collection.  Light, easy read that will have you in the Christmas spirit in no time!
Kati-n-AlsMom More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Debbie's Christmas books, looking forward to there release each year and this was no exception.  However, this book just fell flat--too many characters for such a short story, and the flow of the book was somewhat disjointed.  I really wish I had waited to get this book from the library instead of purchasing...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Received the book in the mail this morning and just finished it. Another delightful Christmas story from Debbie Macomber. Sharing it with my Mom now.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I like to read Debbie's Christmas stories. This is a change up from all the women angels to a middle age gentleman angel. Harry Mills is getting his first case. Celeste is his mentor as a college tattooed barista. Addie has come home for good. Erich is her childhood crush next door. They still detest each other. Spoiler here. It turns out he has 2 broken wrists and Addie gets to take care of him. She loves Christmas and he hates it. Harry is her literature teacher along with several new friends. Debbie always has the truest people in her books. Something tells me we will hear from Harry and Celeste in the not too distant future. I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I especially enjoyed this heartwarming Christmas story. When I looked for a holiday story to read, I choose this one because the central character was named Addie, that’s me. The story was cute the author is very good at introducing the characters and making the read enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love all of Debbie Macomber books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story delivers a warm all-over Christmas love story that entertains. This one added a bit of bah humbug. Not everyone enjoys Christmas nor are they nnice people. Great story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very basic plot with little detail. I kept waiting for some drama or intrigue and have been left seriously wanting. This is more of an outline for what could have been a great novel. Just blah.
CarolineA More than 1 year ago
I have now read two holiday novellas by Debbie Macomber and I think it’s safe to say that I am not her target reader. It was a chore for me to finish this book. I started reading this book on October 17…. and didn’t finish until December 23. That’s over 2 months reading this book. Where do I even start… I guess I’ll go with character development. Or lack thereof. There were so many characters crammed into this little book and at the end I’m left not caring about a single one of them. Addie and Erich could have been really interesting characters, except Addie was an immature brat. Erich was stubborn and sullen. I was given no reason to like either of them, and I honestly don’t know why they fell for one another either. To add confusion to this hot mess, there are two storylines sort of connected. Based on the blurb I thought this would be a romance between Addie and Erich with the angel helping push them together. And it is. Except half the book is following the angel, who is on earth posing as a college literature professor named Harry Mills. For an angel who is only God knows how old, he sure had no idea how life on earth worked. I know that experiencing isn’t the same as observing, but it was ridiculous how dumb he was at times. Writing this review just makes me more annoyed at this book so I’m not going to say much more. In conclusion I’m left with underdeveloped characters I don’t care about and two storylines, neither of which was compelling. I don’t remember the last time I was so happy to finish a book. I would only read another book by this author if it was recommended by a friend with similar book tastes… and probably only one who has also read and hated this book. Apologies to the author, she’s very popular for her Christmas novels, so maybe she just ran out of inspiration by the time she wrote this one?
all-night-reader More than 1 year ago
Normally I love all of her books and haven't given her less than 5 stars but, this book, didn't do a thing for me, I was highly disappointed especially since I love her Angel books and her other Mrs. Miracle books. I do recommend it for any of her fans to at least read it but, to me personally, it was a waste of my money especially since I know she writes amazing books.