Monday, December 22, 2014

Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber

Title:  Angels at the Table
Series:  Angels Everywhere #7
Author:  Debbie Macomber
Published:  October 23/12 by Ballantine Books
Length:  222pgs
Format:  paperback
Genre:  Contemporary Christmas Romance
Shelf:  Bought
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

In this joyous and whimsical holiday novel, Debbie Macomber rings in the season with the return of Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy, delivering laughs, love, and a charming dose of angelic intervention.

Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy know that an angel’s work is never done, especially during a time as wondrous as New Year’s Eve. With an apprentice angel, Will, under their wings, they descend upon Times Square in New York City eager to join in the festivities. And when Will spies two lonely strangers in the crowd, he decides midnight is the perfect time to lend a heavenly helping hand.

Lucie Farrara and Aren Fairchild meet after bumping into each other—seemingly by accident—in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. They immediately hit it off and find they have a lot in common: Lucie is a burgeoning chef and Aren is a respected food critic. But just as quickly as they’re brought together, another twist of fate tears them apart, leaving Lucie and Aren with no way to reconnect.

A year later, Lucie is the chef of an acclaimed new restaurant and Aren is a successful columnist for a major New York newspaper. For all the time that’s passed, the two have not forgotten their one serendipitous evening—and neither have Shirley, Goodness, Mercy, and Will. To reunite the young couple, the angels cook up a brilliant plan: mix true love, a second chance, and a generous sprinkle of mischief to create an unforgettable Christmas miracle.

My Review:

This novel in Macomber’s Angels Everywhere series is comical, as always. They say that God works in mysterious ways. Macomber’s story here definitely embodies that. At the same time, she in no way pushes her readers towards religion. Macomber makes the setting easy to picture and the story easy to immerse yourself in. This well written & presented novel combines all the best of the Christmas season in a package that can easily be enjoyed year round.

I absolutely love these angels. Even though we’ve met them before, Shirley, Goodness, & Mercy continue to grow as individuals and as a team. Their antics never fail to make me giggle. The trio’s new sidekick is priceless. Good intentions turn into some rather comedic moments as he tries to find his footing on earth. I also thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the main couple in this novel. Getting to know their thoughts and dreams really made me feel close to them. They were also quite enjoyable individuals. Macomber really has a way of making you feel like you’re part of the characters’ lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It is one that will definitely be re-read time & time again.

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