©2009 Debbie Macomber; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Perhaps this is not the genre for some folks . . . but it is for me . . . especially during the holidays. We all need to have our faith renewed, refreshed and to listen to an audio book that makes us feel BETTER, and not weighed down with the everyday woes of life. I love this story of a single dad with two wild twins. He lost his wife in a car wreck four years earlier, and he, whether wrong or right had let his in-laws take over raising them just after he lost his wife. The audio book is full of real life issues and pain that arises following the loss of someone so close to us. The way each of us reacts to such a loss is very different, sometimes very puzzling to those around us. If you do not know God, or want to know God, you will be put off by Debbie Macomber's books, because they will put you face to face with issues of faith and forgiveness. I appreciate that, admire that and would recommend this book and her others to anyone who wants to learn to love more, forgive more, and face every tomorrow a happier person.
It was a nice little story, but not a classic. I don't want to say it was a waste of time, but there was not a lot of adventure or excitement or real substance.
I think I was expecting the story to be like the movie, which I liked a lot and seemed to me to have more warmth and humor. This book was disappointing. It seems to me that McComber had a lot of stories in her head and just tied them together with Emily Merkel to come up with a book. The story was hard to follow, because it bounced around between all the characters. I really didn't get the purpose for Aunt Harriet or for Sharon and Jerry's divorce. Very little about Mrs. Merkel. Also, it didn't help that the narrator read the selection like an automated message. She pronounced each and every word in a super-punctlious manner with no emotion or connection to the story. I'm not old-fashioned but I didn't like the reference to heavy petting in one of the chapters; I thought it was inappropriate given that each chapter has a quote referencing faith. It seemed like McComber just threw that in.
Not horrible but not great. I'll read it again since I now own it but I'm still waiting for a really great Christmas romance.
Loved the theme of the book, it is one of love.
The story of a father with twins is touching and moving and inspirational!
Some of the scenes are thigh slapping funny and the generational sub theme was funnto read.
The narrator did an exceptional job with this book making the characters pop and come alive.
This is a delightful, uplifting tale. If you like Hallmark channel movies you'll love this. It is a great roadtrip book as the whole family can listen no problem. I am looking forward to my next Macomber book.
I loved all of the characters, quickly bonding with them and caring about their lives.
Her tone is perfect for the novel.
I purchased this book as part of the $5 sale, and to be honest, I wasn't expecting much. It's a far cry from the darker, racier books I often gravitate towards and I assumed the book wouldn't be much different from a Hallmark TV movie. It wasn't. Any yet... although I thought I'd cringe at each Christian reference (as a non-Christian I don't usually choose books that quote scripture), I didn't at all, since the positive messages were so universal. Neither did I scoff (much) at the naivete of the characters- rather, I found myself really absorbed in their lives, rooting for them, and by the end, wishing for a Mrs. Miracle of my own! I loved the knitting in the story as well, I get the impression Ms. Macomber is a devout knitter from her accurate description of the work and love that goes into knitting a sweater :) However, what surprised me most by far was how I found myself blinking back tears on my train commute to work during a particularly poignant part of the story. I can't remember the last time a book had me reaching for kleenex, in public no less!!
This is my first book by Debbie Macomber, and I don't know if this is something that is common to all of her books, but at least here she's successfully touched on the family relationships, intricacies and tensions especially, that may be more common than we realize. I don't know whether I would necessarily use up a credit for another of her novels, if only because there are a number of books on my reading queue I'd like to get through first, but should another of her's show up during a sale, I would definitely snap it up.
teach young is never easy, to find someone that has that kind of gift is the best.
To include children in work of the home make them part of the home.
To hard to pick.
yes, I had to listen to it from begining to end.
The story was so good. It made me laugh. I would love for Mrs. Miracle to come to my home.
When Reba asked her sister to forgive her
It took me a while to get into her reading. She sounded angry at first but the more I listened to her the more I liked her.
Something narrated by Humphrey Bower
Only the female adult voices came across as authentic
Too many to name
"such a christmas treat"
would recommend and have recommended this book to my family as a great fun read , this book isn't just about love it's about family and relationships
one moment I was laughing at the saying of Mrs miracle or what the twins were at or wanting to get involved add sort out the problems of the couples
brought to life all the characters with feeling and warmth listened to this book in car on way to work
yes both cried towards end of book laughed most of way through
saw the film first thought that was great but this book is so much more will be an annual read for me
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