Night of Miracles - Elizabeth Berg
True story. . . I am on a plane flying home for Thanksgiving festivities. And ready to begin a new book. My stack of TBR is always more like a mountain of books. So, I start looking thru my very long list. . . with an eye to hopefully find a book that might balance out a busy holiday weekend ahead filled with family, food, new beginnings and ever-present memories of those who are no longer with us. Memories that both bring many smiles and yet seem to break our hearts a little more each year.
Well, all I can say is thank you, Andrea DeWerd (Random House), for sending me an email a few days earlier regarding this beautiful book. Although I did not know very much about this book. . . As I came to the title “Night of Miracles”, I thought of the gratitude expressed in your email and I felt inspired to see what had inspired you. Because that is what gratitude does. . . It inspires us.
The book begins with a reflection on being a window seat passenger on a plane . . . Well, this was already making me feel like I was right in the middle of this story!
As I continued to turn the pages, I was gently drawn into the lives of each character who were not a family by blood, but became a family by choice. A community.
There is. . . Food. I did not eat a bite while reading this book, but I think I still gained 10 pounds from reading about all the amazing cakes, cookies and loads of yummy-ness!
There are. . . New beginnings. In all shapes and forms.
And there are . . . Ever-present memories of those who are no longer with us. Bringing us to the deepest parts of our hearts to make peace with who we are and who we want to be.
And, as a bonus. . . No, I won’t tell you! I love you too much to spoil any of the surprises that await you. . .
What I will say is this is a book filled with laughter, a few tears, many cakes. . . and, above all else, the hope born from simple acts of kindness.
It is my hope that my gratitude for finding this book will inspire you as well. . . Keep the chain going! I am pretty sure you will be grateful you did . . .
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The feel-good book of the year: a delightful novel of friendship, community, and the way small acts of kindness can change your life, by the bestselling author of The Story of Arthur Truluv
Lucille Howard is getting on in years, but she stays busy. Thanks to the inspiration of her dearly departed friend Arthur Truluv, she has begun to teach baking classes, sharing the secrets to her delicious classic Southern yellow cake, the perfect pinwheel cookies, and other sweet essentials. Her classes have become so popular that she’s hired Iris, a new resident of Mason, Missouri, as an assistant. Iris doesn’t know how to bake but she needs to keep her mind off a big decision she sorely regrets.
When a new family moves in next door and tragedy strikes, Lucille begins to look out for Lincoln, their son. Lincoln’s parents aren’t the only ones in town facing hard choices and uncertain futures. In these difficult times, the residents of Mason come together and find the true power of community—just when they need it the most.
“Elizabeth Berg’s characters jump right off the page and into your heart” said Fannie Flagg about The Story of Arthur Truluv. The same could be said about Night of Miracles, a heartwarming novel that reminds us that the people we come to love are often the ones we don’t expect.
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