Debbie Macomber brings back her well-loved angels, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy in this year's Christmas novel, Where Angels Go. Macomber says these are her most requested characters, and, with the warmth and humor of the characters and the books, it's understandable.
Once again, Archangel Gabriel has received prayer requests just before Christmas. Knowing his three Prayer Ambassadors have created havoc in the past when they've been sent to earth, he's reluctant to send them again. But other angels are a little busy this time of year, and Shirley, Goodness and Mercy are available.
At eighty-six, Harry Alderwood knows he's dying. However, he worries about his wife, Rosalie. He prays that he'll be able to get her into an assisted-living facility in Leavenworth, Washington before his death. Despite Mercy's ability to cause trouble, she has a talent in answering prayers. Harry becomes her assignment.
Beth Fischer is addicted to the World of Warcraft computer game. It's her escape. Beth can't put a failed marriage behind her, although it was nine years ago. It's Beth's mother who prayed her daughter would find someone, and Goodness who is assigned the task of helping Beth cope with her fear of commitment.
Carter Jackson wants a dog so badly, but his father knows they can't afford everything that goes with a dog — vet bills, licenses, obedience school. Carter just knows that God will find a way to get a dog for a nine-year-old boy, so his prayer request is assigned to Shirley.
Once again, Macomber brings us a lovely, warm story, filled with the Christmas spirit. Although it's a little early for the season, it's available now, and hitting the bestseller lists. I always enjoy the comfort and humor provided by Gabriel's three mischievous angels. Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy are charming, slightly ditzy, and utterly unforgettable. Readers may never think of angels in the same way, once they've met Macomber's three Prayer Ambassadors. It's fun to sit down for a few hours to escape into their world, and forget the hectic season that's almost upon us.
It's been a few years since Debbie Macomber brought us Shirley, Goodness and Mercy for Christmas. They appeared in Those Christmas Angels four years ago, and a reprint of Mrs. Miracle in 2005. Those of us who are fans were waiting for this special gift, Where Angels Go.