Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber

Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Holiday
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Mistflower

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.

I recently came across a book called Angels at the Table… I remembered a series by Debbie Macomber that I loved and immediately read the synopsis. Yep! Shirley, Goodness and Mercy were back at it but this time with an apprentice angel, Will. This is not a religious book at all. It’s a sweet enchanting holiday romance with comedy. I couldn’t believe my luck to run across this particular story, one that I have not read yet.

I was a huge fan of Debbie Macomber years ago. It all began in 1993 with the book “A Season of Angels”. Humans are complicated and they send prayer requests to God and he sends down angels to help answer the prayers without interfering. However, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy are absolutely hilarious. They can’t seem to guide without meddling. Each year I looked forward to the next holiday release. “1994 had Trouble with Angels, 1995 was Touched by Angels, 1999 – A Gift to Last, and 2003 was Those Christmas Angels. I just finished Angels at the Table and loved it! Each book includes those endearing angels of Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, doing their thing as only they can do.

I can’t recommend this book or series enough. It’s pure Christmas magic and as of today, Christmas is only a few months away. This particular novel, Angels at the Table, is the most romantic story in the series I’ve read and it’s between Lucie the heroine and Aren, the hero. Their relationship was, shall we say, ‘divine’. All the books can be read as a standalone so it’s okay to start with this story.

Once I started reading this book it was impossible to put down. It’s light, fluffy, humorous and heartwarming. It left me with the feeling of hope, peace and joy. I’m ready to put up my Christmas tree! But, since I’m writing this review on only the second day of Autumn, LOL, I guess I’ll have to wait. Meanwhile, I’m going to find the 2007 release that I missed.


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