Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, totally worn out and screaming,
"WOO HOO, what a ride!"

Monday, December 28, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday at The Printed Page is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Three books this week, all won from Bookin' With Bingo (who has the best contests ever!) and all by Debbie Macomber. How perfect for the holiday season!

Mrs. Miracle

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.

The Perfect Christmas

Christmas perfect? For Cassie Beaumont, it’s meeting her perfect match. Cassie, at thirty-three, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing’s worked. Not blind dates, not the Internet and certainly not leaving love to chance. What’s left? A professional matchmaker. He’s Simon Dodson, and he’s very choosy about the clients he takes on. Cassie finds Simon a difficult, acerbic know-it-all, and she’s astonished when he accepts her as a client. Claiming he has her perfect mate in mind, Simon assigns her three tasks to complete before she meets him. Three tasks that are all about Christmas: being a charity bell ringer, dressing up as Santa’s elf at a children’s party and preparing a traditional turkey dinner for her neighbors (whom she happens to dislike). Despite a number of comical mishaps, Cassie does it all—and she’s finally ready to meet her match. But just like the perfect Christmas gift, he turns out to be a wonderful surprise! What would the holidays be without a Christmas story from Debbie Macomber?

One Simple Act

What if you, personally, could make the world a better tomorrow?

Debbie Macomber knows the secret to doing exactly that! In a world that seems too often stingy and grudging, she has witnessed how one simple act of generosity can yield unforeseen miracles.

You are about to discover, through true stories, what happens when we commit intentional acts of generosity. Lives are changed in ways we never envisioned. Come with Debbie late one evening through the checkout line at the grocery store. Discover the link between a submarine, a few bread crumbs, and some minnows. Visit ancient Galilee as a young boy volunteers his fishes and loaves to Jesus only to see his meager gift multiplied many times over to feed five thousand. You will stand amazed at what God accomplishes when we make ourselves available through simple acts of generosity.

This blend of true stories and motivating messages will delight and surprise you as you discover how giving the gifts of time, encouragement, hope, laughter, prayer, hospitality, service and even forgiveness can have a lasting, life-changing impact, not only on the recipient of such gifts but on the giver as well. Debbie Macomber invites us to offer who we are and what we have to God, to use in the lives of others. When we do so, lives -- including our own -- are changed in ways we couldn't have imagined. All it takes is one simple act.


  1. Nice win! I read Mrs. Miracle and then watched the movie on the Hallmark Channel. I liked the movie!

  2. I saw the TV movie of Mrs. Miracle this year. It was very sweet.

  3. Great mailbox! I got my first ever Macomber book last week.

  4. Hooray for you! you're right, Bingo has fabulous contests and I'm so happy you won these. I know you'll enjoy them a lot.

    Have a great week and happy reading.

  5. Wins are so much fun. Enjoy your new collection of books.

  6. Macomber's books are always fabulous -- enjoy!

  7. I bet I know what you are doing this week :)

    Enjoy these fabulous wins!

  8. congrats on winning great books. Happy reading and Happy new year!

  9. Debbie Macomber's books always make me want to snuggle under a fuzzy blanket. Enjoy!

    Happy Monday.

  10. Nice books to spend the holidays with! Plus I love your holiday background, and the falling snow is a lovely touch. Enjoy! (:

  11. I read a book by Macomber about some knit shop ages ago (obviously can't remember the title) and I remember enjoying it. Hope you like these.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  12. My mom loves Debbie Macomber. I thought she'd read all of hers by now, but I don't think she's read these. I'll have to tell her about them.

    Thanks for sharing!

  13. Wow. That's a lot of Debbie Macomber. Have fun with them!

  14. Congrats. I have only read one Macomber and I really liked it. I will be reading more in the future. Happy New Year. Enjoy your books.

  15. Great Christmas book haul! I haven't read Mrs. Miracle, but I watched the movie on TV this year and it was good. I received One Simple Act by mistake from a book club and they let me keep it along with sending me the correct book. I'm wondering what it will be like!

  16. What a great win! I just love Debbie Macomber's books.

  17. I will be reading more in the future. Happy New Year. Enjoy your books.

    Work from home India


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