GIFTED / Today I bring you my review for the book I read lat week, and fairly liked it.
Night of Miracles was published on November 13th 2018 by Random House and it has 267 pages.
I want to thank the team from Penguin Random House Global for sending me an e-galley of this novel (in an exchange for an honest review).
About the book:
FROM GOODREADS / A delightful novel about surprising friendships, community, and the way small acts of kindness can change a life, from 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.
I went into Night of Miracles not knowing it was a sequel to an already published book The Story of Arthur Truluv.
Thinking it was a standalone I fairly enjoyed it, but as the story progressed I realized I should already be familiar with the characters or things that happened to them before.
Therefore, even though this book does work as a solid standalone, I think I would appreciate it more have I read it’s predecessor before giving it a try.
At the beginning of the book we read about our main character Lucille who is 88 years old.
If I’m being completely honest, I had no idea about her age before picking up this book, and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to connect with the character who is so much older them me (we talk about 50+ years gap here).
In some way my feeling was right, but thanks to other characters that are part of the story I still enjoyed the novel.
This is pretty short book and it can easily be read in one sitting.
It is written in third person and it follows multiple characters.
I liked the positive atmosphere through the entire book.
If you need a story that will come as a chicken soup for your soul, this book is a perfect choice.
Small town setting contributes to this feel-good vibe too.
Out of all the stories, my favorite was one centred around Tiny and his love interest.
I think it is because those characters were the closest to my age.
The magical aspect of the story really took the book to another level, and I enjoyed it very much, because it gave the magic to this solid novel and made it whole.
I would recommend Night of Miracles to readers who enjoy feel-good books that follow many characters and perspectives.