07 August 2012
Author: Debbie Macomber
It is time to get away from science fiction and show some diversity in my reading. This week my author to highlight is Debbie Macomber. She writes romances and some non-fiction. I was introduced to her through a 2009 Hallmark Christmas film, Mrs Miracle. It was nice, not too sweet, but maybe a bit predictable; strong moral values displayed, some real life humor and enjoyable. There have been two more Hallmark films, Call Me Mrs Mircle and Trading Christmas. Her non-fiction includes cookbooks and knitting books and some inspirational books. She also has a couple of children’s books. More information can be found on her web site http://www.debbiemacomber.com/
After the movie, I decided to check the author’s other stories and see what the books were like. She has written a few dozens books, grouped in seven series. I have only read a few. A number of the books are two stories together; my older paperbacks have fewer pages than current ones, so I figure, these are shorter and older stories put together to make a current size paperback. In bringing them back into print some stories are edited with updated technology added.
The books that I’ve read are generally like the movie that introduced me to Ms Macomber. They are enjoyable reads. The characters have good strong moral values. The circumstances varies – single and looking, single not looking and stumble over, widow/widower, children or not. Some of the series do take place in the same area. There are others that are in different locations around the world, as well. There are perhaps some life lessons that you can take from some of the stories, but you are not hit over the head repeatedly with any message. Ms Macomber has a nice touch of real life humor.
My favourites are stories with three somewhat mischievous angels. The first I read was a combination of two stories into one book currently – Angels at Christmas. The situations get a little out of hand for the angels and they have to kind of scramble to fix things.
Ms Macomber’s stories are gentle heartwarming romances. They are G rated. It is so nice to know I won’t have to filter any vulgar language or skip paragraphs or pages of sex. There can be some passionate kissing, but generally that is a far as it goes. If it does go further, you need to imagine your own details. The character’s thoughts may indicate a desire for more, but doesn’t happen often. I highly recommend the good clean fun reading that she delivers.