The Trouble with Angels

The Trouble with Angels

by Debbie Macomber

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A Wing and a Prayer

When irrepressible angels Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy set out for the City of Angels to grant three rush Christmas prayer requests, they are sure they can help without resorting to, er, divine intervention. But they soon find it will take more than one miracle to teach their precious lessons of love—as well as make three special holiday dreams come true!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061083082
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/26/2004
Series: Angel Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 457,860
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Debbie Macomber has more than 100 million copies of her books in print, and her stories about home and family have a worldwide audience and have been translated into twenty-three languages. In addition to being a #1 New York Times bestseller in fiction many times over, she also has an enormous following among knitters as the author of dozens of pattern and craft books. In 2008, she launched a branded line of knitting products through Leisure Arts, the company that publishes her knitting guides. Debbie and her husband, Wayne, have four children and nine grandchildren, and split their time between Washington State and Florida. This is Debbie’s second picture book co-authored with Mary Lou Carney; their first, The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweaer . . . That Grandma Knit, was published in 2009.


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

Karen Woods woke with a scream. Bolting upright in bed, she pressed her hand over her chest as she breathed deep and hard. Her pajamas were drenched with sweat, and her heart was pounding so fast that it felt as if it were about to race straight through her.

"Karen, Karen, what is it?" Grandma Shields flipped on the light and hurried into the guest bedroom.

The twelve year old sobbed once and held out her arms, needing comfort.

It was a dream she'd had before. Lots of times.

Her grandmother sat on the edge of the mattress, gathered Karen in her arms, and held her close. Karen knew she was too old to be cuddled this way, but just then she needed someone's arms around her.

"What is it, child?" Beverly Shields asked her softly, smoothing the damp hair away from Karen's brow. You're trembling something terrible."

"I had a bad dream," Karen managed to say.

"The same bad dream you had the last time you stayed overnight?"

Karen nodded.

"Do you want to tell your grandma about this dream that frightens you so much?"

Karen shook her head. The nightmare was bad enough without having to tell anyone else about it. Some parts of it she didn't even remember, and one main part she did and wished she didn't. Every time she thought about the dream, she wanted to crawl under the blankets and not come out for a long time.

Dreams can be real scary sometimes," her grandmother said gently, continuing to stroke Karen's brow.

"Don't leave, okay?" Karen asked. She felt like a wimp, needing her grandmother in bed with her, but she didn't care. She didn't want to be alone. In a few minutes she'd he okay,but not just yet.

Since her mom and dad's divorce, Karen had spent a lot of time by herself, She didn't mind that as much as she had when her parents used to fight. Before her father moved out of the house they'd done that almost all the time.

"Do you miss your mother?" Beverly asked. "Is that the trouble?"

Karen shrugged. Her mother's job as an auditor for one of the big Los Angeles banks often took her out of town. Karen didn't mind staying with her grandparents on the nights her mother was away. It was kinda fun.

"When I was a girl I sometimes had nightmares," Beverly told her.

Karen twisted around so she could see her grand mother's kind face. Even when she was only a little kid. she had liked her grandma Shields better than anyone.

"I dreamed a man with an ax was running after me, and no matter how fast I ran, he ran faster," Beverly Shields said, -and when he finally caught up with me, the ax would be rubber, and the murderer was my older brother. Then he'd laugh and laugh and laugh because it had been so easy to frighten me. That's when I'd wake up, shaking and afraid, and really mad."

"Did ... did you go back to sleep?"

"Sometimes. I learned that if I closed my eyes and talked to God, I felt a whole lot better. I found talking to God works in a lot of situations."

"Do you do it often?" Karen asked.

"Oh, sure, all the time. Any time of the day or night I feel like it."

Karen studied her mother's mother once more. "No one suggested you see a counselor or anything like that?"

Her grandmother laughed outright. 'Why would they suggest that?"

"Grandma, think about it. People don't exactly go around conversing with God, you know."

"Sure they do, but generally it's called prayer."

"Oh." Karen had pictured her grandmother carrying on a one-sided conversation with people listening in and thinking weird things about her. It was bad enough that Beverly put that fake hairpiece in her hair sometimes and stuck it there with bobby pins.

"I was thinking we might say a prayer together now, just the two of us," Beverly said softly.

"Mom and me used to go to church," Karen said, her voice dropping a bit, "but that was before the divorce and for a little while afterward. Then one Sunday Mom said she didn't want to go anymore."

Yes, I know, but don't fret about that you don't need to be a regular church attendee to pray."

Karen felt a little better knowing that. "Will you say the words, Grandma?"

"Some of them," Beverly Shields agreed. "But then you should say some of your own, too.

"Do we have to speak them out loud?"

"No, you can whisper them in your heart, too."

Karen closed her eyes and bowed her head. Then, remembering the pictures she'd seen in religious books, she gravely folded her hands. She wasn't entirely sure why people laced their fingers together when they prayed, probably so they wouldn't get distracted and wind their hair around their fingers or that kind of thing.

Her grandmother whispered a prayer, but Karen couldn't understand all the words. She did hear the part about asking God to "comfort Karen" and "calm Karen's fears." Grandma Shields went on for what seemed like a long time. After a while, Karen opened one eye and peeked and noticed her grandmother's lips were still moving.

Karen closed her eye again and waited. When the time seemed right she decided to pray, but she didn't trust God to hear her if she said the words inside her beheart.

"Dear God," she prayed, whispering like her grandma had done, only louder. It's me, Karen Woods. How are you? I'm fine. Well, sort of. I have bad dreams. Actually I don't mind the dreams so much...

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Trouble with Angels 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The Trouble With Angels is the second book in the Angles Everywhere series by popular American author, Debbie Macomber. Once again, Christmas is fast approaching and, against his better judgement, Archangel Gabriel sends three angels, Prayer Ambassadors Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, down to Los Angeles to deal with the desperate prayers of certain LA supplicants. Karen prays that her mom, Maureen can stop hating her dad, Brian, even though he left them for someone new, and get on with her own life. Oh, and she’d like a horse too, if it’s not too much trouble. Shirley delights in this assignment, finding that Thom Nichols and his riding school might just answer both prayers. Goodness is sent to Pastor Paul Morris, a widower who has been unable to deal with the grief of losing his wife to cancer. His friends and parishioners have flooded Gabriel’s prayer book, and Goodness sees this is a challenging assignment that will need some careful thought. Mercy is sent to see the elderly Catherine Goodwin, who prays for the right partner for her beloved grandson, Ted. She believes that Joy Palmer, resident service director at her home, Wilshire Grove, is the right candidate, so when Ted turns up to visit with the gorgeous Blythe in tow, she may have to rethink. Mercy is quietly confident, though, that she can see this prayer answered. Macomber gives the reader three separate, slightly Christmas themed, stories that are linked only by the Angels. They are sweet tales, mostly fairly predictable, although a twist or two keeps them interesting. The Queen of Feel Good keeps her title with this little collection. 3.5 stars
club45boo More than 1 year ago
This book was adorable, sweet, and tugged at your heart strings. It is a must read!! Debbie Macomber writes wonderful books. You will fall in love with the three whimsical Angels. They steal your heart! It is a feel good book. A must read!
noangelaz More than 1 year ago
A happy, enjoyable book. No deep thinking required and, of course, like the other books written by Ms. Macomber it has a happy ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy are too much fun. They are not as mischievous as in the first book, but do their thing to get the work done. The three stories were wonderful! The story about Pastor Paul was my favorite. Had no idea how it would get resolved. Very heartwarming book. Next Gabriel is unleashing the trio on New York. Can’t wait.
m123 More than 1 year ago
was very entertaining
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I really like the Angel series.
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I enjoyed reading this book. It was very entertaining!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Debbie knows how to tell a story Thank You
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even read out of sequence in this angel series, it was something I couldn't put down. Great read for an insomniac like me.
lucyb2 More than 1 year ago
different twist on angels, if you love debbie macomber, this one is a great one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book holds your interest, great reading for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice uplifting story line with Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy! Another enjoyble book from Debbie Macomber.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a couple of Debbie Macomber's "angel" books.   I love all of them.   
trueBelieverMK More than 1 year ago
Another of her amazing books that are so good to read you want the very next one you see. I have looked for her name rather than the name of any book or author time after time and have now purchased the total list of books she has available at Barnes and Nobel. I am hoping they add somemore of her titlea!! Excellent!!
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This was agreat book. I enjoyed reading it so much I completed the read in a couole of days. I would definitely read other books by this author.
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