by Debbie Macomber
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.
Christmas is tomorrow, so it is only fair that this week's Romance Read be a Christmas Read as well. I haven't read many Christmas romance books, so I decided to try Mr. Miracle and I am glad that I did. I truly enjoyed reading about the two angels, Harry and Celeste, and their mission to help Addie. Addie is a woman who has returned home after the death of her father earlier in the year in hopes of starting over. She decides to enroll in a college level literature class in order to earn her last credit to get her high school diploma. Angel Harry is the teacher of that literature class and it is his job to get her to move forward. Part of moving forward involves Addie getting closer to Erich, her next door neighbor whom she's known since they were children. Erich used to torment Addie with his teasing, but now that he's hurt his wrists - she has been placed with the task of taking care of him.
My favorite part of the book was the interaction of the two angels with each other and Harry's insight to being a human and how difficult it is. The idea of angels caring so much about one human specifically (and others, of course) is really beautiful. I also loved the idea of interweaving the story of A Christmas Carol (the book that Harry is teaching in his class) and Addie's transition to becoming the person she wants to be.
Like everything, the story had its flaws. As much as I really liked a romance between Addie and Erich, I felt that it was not explored enough. I felt like I had missed when they started liking each other, only to realize that it just...happened - but not in a good way. I didn't have time to enjoy Addie and Erich falling for each other. I also felt that the story was so good and it ended so soon. I wanted to spend Christmas with Addie and Erich, but the story ended before I could really do that. I wish there was more romance. It may have meant that the book were longer - but that would have been fine with me!