I was happily surprised to find Where Angels Go firmly ensconced on my new Christmas gift... Yes, I finally got a Kindle, and I'm absolutely delighted with it.
To get me started, my thoughtful friends and family members had it loaded with a number of Kindle books. I grabbed this one first because I saw Debbie Macomber's name on it and because it's a charming Christmas story; ideal for this season. I haven't read a book by Macomber since I read a few in her "Cedar Cove" series, but I have not forgotten how great she is at creating believable, heart-warming characters.
This book is a charming interlude where you'll become involved with three wonderful people who need help and three mischievous young Ambassador Angels whom Archangel Gabriel sends to help them. These enchanting angels are Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, which leads you to know that you'll find much humor in this book. Gabriel knows their hearts are in the right places, even though they're tempted to help the people too much. He gives them a chance to prove they've matured since their last assignments on earth. Is he mistaken?
Just what does Angel Shirley do when she's assigned to help a nine-year-old boy, Carter Jackson, get a dog for Christmas? His family wants him to have one, but the father fears his income won't cover the extra expenses. Does Shirley really help, or does she complicate matters when a stray follows the boy home?
And does Mercy always obey Gabriel's rules while helping a dying man, Harry Alderwood, fulfill his wish for his wife Rosalie to be settled in a comfortable residential care facility before his time is up? Does Mercy's act of kindness in helping Harry get back in bed after a life-threatening fall backfire on her?
And then there is Goodness who's assigned to help a young divorcee, Beth Fischer, find love and happiness. Goodness is not supposed to nudge the woman towards her compatible internet game partner, but is she obedient when she finds humans too "slow" in solving their own problems?
This story is a perfect mix of heart-break and humor as obstacles pop up to keep the humans from getting their wishes. Macomber is a master craftsman at this kind of story: heart-warming tales of small-town life, home, family and enduring friendships.
It's easy to see why she has sold over a hundred million books worldwide. You will definitely want to make that a hundred million and one! :-)
Reviewed by Betty Dravis, December 27, 2010 Author of "Millennium Babe: The Prophecy"