Seth Webber is a widower with twin 6-year-old boys, Judd and Jason. After his wife, Pamela, died 4 years ago his in-laws took in the boys allowing him to work long hard hours at work. Now, 50+ hours at work are the norm so when the boys returned to live with him and start first grade, Seth needed a good housekeeper. He’s getting ready to loose his third one in three months. At least, this one last 6 weeks but the agency said that they were out of housekeepers to send him. What is he going to do?
Reba owns a travel agency. Four years ago she was suppose to get married until she found her sister and her fiancé in bed together a week before the wedding! She’s never forgiven either of them. Her sister, Vickie, is married to someone else and has a young daughter that Reba has never seen. Her parents, especially her mother, have been trying to get her to talk to Vickie for years but Reba only sees that they are taking Vickie’s side as usual over hers. As far as Reba is concerned, she doesn’t want to see or hear about Vickie for the rest of her life!
For the past week, Reba has been seeing this really cute guy kind of stand outside the Safeway store looking like he’s forgotten something. She really wouldn’t mind meeting him and wonders if he’s married.
Seth would love to find a housekeeper. It seems like he has to always stop at the Safeway and then he still seems to forget something.
When a Mrs. Merkle shows up at Seth’s house saying she’s from the agency, Seth is thrilled. His boys can’t pronounce Merkle and call her Mrs. Miracle and it seems to fit. Quickly order comes to his house, food is wonderful and his hellions are behaving, though still far from angelic.
Reba’s co-worker has an aunt Harriet that decided to volunteer her to run the church’s annual Christmas pageant. She doesn’t have time but thinks Reba would be perfect. Though Reba does attend that church, she isn’t there faithfully and doesn’t have children. Can she do it?
Showing up at church to see what this pageant will entail, Reba discovers that the cute guy is Seth and his two boys will be in the pageant. Seth discovers a growing interest in Reba. Could this be a match made in heaven or a disaster waiting to happen?
This is a heart warming Christmas story that is full of miracles. These miracles don’t happen without pain and reflection. Seth and Reba have issues that have been festering for years. It won’t be easy to work through them and neither are sure they want to. Seth’s in-laws learn that retirement may not be everything that they thought it would be. After 40 years of marriage, divorce is looking like the only option. Aunt Harriet loves to be pious. What she preserves and what is actual isn’t always the same thing. Will she realize this before she causes irreversible trouble?
These characters aren’t cardboard or unrealistic. As I read Seth’s father-in-law’s comments, I swear I was hearing my husband! Are all men like that? Life isn’t smooth or without conflict, it’s how we deal with it that makes life interesting. This story shows that even if on the surface things look like everything is fine, they may not be. I loved the interaction of the characters and the reflections that they had to make.
Mrs. Miracle is a miracle. She shares her views at the top of every chapter with things like “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” With life tidbits giving the reader hope and direction you have an extra in this heartwarming story. Another little extra is a couple of Mrs. Miracle’s recipes that sound fantastic and perfect for the holiday season!
This is a perfect Christmas story filled with love and miracles. This is also probably one of the reasons Hallmark made a movie based on this book. (I haven’t seen the movie and some how I don’t think they could get all the richness that is seen in this book.)
I highly recommend this book as a must read for Christmas and a wonderful story for any other time of the year. While sweet, it’s not too sweet. The love stories are full of passion but not sex. But best of all is the innocence of childhood and the wonder of Christmas which come shining through. It truly is a season of miracles and Ms Macomber shares a few with us.
Seth Webster's heart never healed after he lost his adored wife. Now, with Christmas approaching, wild twin boys to raise alone, a home in chaos, and the latest in a long line of exasperated housekeepers quitting in disgust, Seth needs more than help to keep his family togethe...he needs a miracle.
And then a miracle arrives on his doorstep. Her name is Mrs. Merkle, but the kids call her "Mrs. Miracle"—and from the moment the warm, knowing, and very patient nanny appears, everything is different. Her sassy spirit is infectious, and it gives Seth the courage to approach Reba, a beautiful travel agent who's been hurt and betrayed, and is afraid to ever love again. Through the magic of faith—and with a little help from a children's Christmas pageant and a lot of encouragement from Mrs. Miracle—Seth and Reba might just be able to find a Christmas miracle of their very own: true love.