Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg


Night of Miracles
Title : Night of Miracles
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ISBN : 052550950X
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288

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 TruluvLucille 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.


Night of Miracles Reviews


  • Debra

    4.5 starsAbsolutely Charming I highly recommend reading The Story of Arthur Truluv before reading this book It is the book where many of these characters are introduced and their stories continue from that book Could this book work as a stand alone Possibly, but I don t think one can truly appreciate this book without reading its predecessor first That is the gift of love, not only that you have somebody but that you are changed by somebody Lucille Howard is a spit fire of a women She is 4.5 starsAbsolutely Charming I highly recommend reading The Story of Arthur Truluv before reading this book It is the book where many of these characters are introduced and their stories continue from that book Could this book work as a stand alone Possibly, but I don t think one can truly appreciate this book without reading its predecessor first That is the gift of love, not only that you have somebody but that you are changed by somebody Lucille Howard is a spit fire of a women She is known for her honesty and telling it like it is She may come off as gruff, but she has a heart of gold and a giving nature Her late friend, Arthur Truluv, inspired her to begin teaching baking classes he did this in The Story of Arthur Truluv and she now has a successful baking class business She is up there in years and due to the popularity of her classes, she has hired, Iris, a divorced woman who is coming to terms with the choices she has made in her life If running a baking business is not enough, Lucille has become a babysitter for her next door neighbors when tragedy strikes their household When not baking and babysitting, she enjoys visits from Maddy and Nola, her adopted family again, you will know Maddy from The Story of Arthur Truluv What she knows now is that no one is ever through with love No one ever should be Iris is new to town and is happy to have made friends with her neighbor Tiny, a large man with a heart of gold and crush on a local waitress Will he ever make his move Will Tiny and Iris s friendship cause people to think they are a couple Will Iris ever make peace with her divorce Will Lucille ever know the effect her friendship has had on others How has friendship with one man, Arthur Truluv, changed the lives of both Lucille and Maddy Never underestimate the joy of being the one who is cared for I found this book to be absolutely charming and gave it high marks for the feel good, enjoyment factor Will this book win literary rewards I don t know but it has won my heart It was lovely to visit these characters again and see what was occurring in their lives I enjoyed the new characters induced in this book and their stories All of them fit together nicely and effortlessly I found this book to be well written, perfectly paced, well thought out and like a breath of fresh air If you are a softie like me, you may want to read with tissues nearby This book is heavy on the feels I laughed, I cried, and I was so happy that I was given the chance to enter these characters lives once again The beauty of this book is in the writing and the relationships that the characters have with each other The characters live in a small town and live normal ordinary lives yet in the hands of Elizabeth Berg, their stories are extraordinary This book is full of beautiful passages and I found myself hightailing large sections of this book I love Elizabeth Berg s writing Let it never be said that Nola was not given good night kisses Let it never be said that she didn t practically drown in them If you enjoyed The Story of Arthur Truluv then I am quite certain that you will enjoy this book as well I could go on and one about this book, but I will stop and simply say that I highly recommend this book.Thank you to Random House Publishing and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.Read of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com

  • Cheri

    There s a full moon up and rising,And there s a whisper of a breeze.Blowing through the tangled silver,Hanging from the cypress trees.There s a river made of moonlight,Flowing clear across the lake.And there s a million stars just waitin ,To fall for any wish we make Why don t we get caught in this moment Be victims of sweet circumstance Tonight I feel like all creation,Is asking us to dance Asking Us to Dance, Kathy Mattea, Songwriters Hugh Prestwood Night of Miracles is Elizabeth Be There s a full moon up and rising,And there s a whisper of a breeze.Blowing through the tangled silver,Hanging from the cypress trees.There s a river made of moonlight,Flowing clear across the lake.And there s a million stars just waitin ,To fall for any wish we make Why don t we get caught in this moment Be victims of sweet circumstance Tonight I feel like all creation,Is asking us to dance Asking Us to Dance, Kathy Mattea, Songwriters Hugh Prestwood Night of Miracles is Elizabeth Berg s sequel to her 2017 The Story of Arthur Truluv If you haven t read her 2017 story, you might miss out on the significance of some of this story, but this can still be enjoyed on its own merits.Lucille, Arthur s former neighbor, now lives in his Mason, Missouri home, a home which he left to young Maddy, and she, in turn, allows Lucille to live there rent free One kindness begets another kindness Lucille is a wonderful character, quirky, whimsical she enjoys the everyday touches of magic inherent in this life, rainbows, leprechauns, and the stars She retains an almost childlike wonder at the grace of everyday life, the wonders of the world all around us At the magnificent age of 88, she teaches a baking class in her kitchen to women who gather to learn the joys of baking, but perhaps sometimes just for the chance to be surrounded by other adult women Lucille enjoys teaching these women, and enjoys the local diner s devotion to her cakes, where her baked creations are sold to those dining at Polly s Henhouse.Inside the Henhouse passersby and locals stop to eat, some often than others One of the very shy, male regulars, Tiny, loves the cooking there, but is also than a little sweet on an equally shy waitresses, Monica.Forgiveness, aging, life death, the disdain for those whose weight is over a social media set limit, the balancing act of love in all its many forms these are all topics that are lightly touched on in this novel, but this is not by any means a heavy or dark story, it is also compassionately humorous, with the strongest message being one of kindness and, yes, love Pub Date 13 NOV 2018Many thanks for the ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group Random House

  • Judy

    A sweet and charming read This is one that takes you back to a simpler time in a small town where neighbors know each other and take care of one another It makes me wish I lived in Mason, Missouri with these characters as my neighbors The book touched my heart and made me fall in love with the characters.I have not read The Story of Arthur Truluv and I understand that many of the characters in this book were introduced in this previous work I will make a point to read it soon, but I don t th A sweet and charming read This is one that takes you back to a simpler time in a small town where neighbors know each other and take care of one another It makes me wish I lived in Mason, Missouri with these characters as my neighbors The book touched my heart and made me fall in love with the characters.I have not read The Story of Arthur Truluv and I understand that many of the characters in this book were introduced in this previous work I will make a point to read it soon, but I don t think that not reading it detracted from the story I was a little lost in the first part of the story when each chapter introduced another character and I wasn t seeing any overlap But of course later this resolved.Thanks to Elizabeth Berg and Random House through Netgalley for an advance copy of this book I truly enjoyed it

  • Liz

    4.5 stars, rounded upI was a huge fan of The Story of Arthur Truluv This one took longer to draw me in I think part of the problem was the large cast of characters and how each chapter switches from one to another It just takes awhile to get them all straight in your head This is a lovely, sweet story, about the people who live in a small town and how intertwined their lives are In style, it reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Strout s Anything is Possible While it took me longer to get into th 4.5 stars, rounded upI was a huge fan of The Story of Arthur Truluv This one took longer to draw me in I think part of the problem was the large cast of characters and how each chapter switches from one to another It just takes awhile to get them all straight in your head This is a lovely, sweet story, about the people who live in a small town and how intertwined their lives are In style, it reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Strout s Anything is Possible While it took me longer to get into the story, once I did I was hooked I came to care about each and every one of them I laughed, I cried This book brings out all the emotions Read this when you need something to remind you of what s right with the world My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book

  • Holly

    Night of Miracles is a charming story about the inhabitants of a small town While it is billed as a sequel to The Story of Arthur Truluv, it is a completely standalone book But reading them in order will give you a little bit enjoyment when reading the second one, because of the additional backstory knowledge of a couple of characters There are a lot characters in Night of Miracles compared to The Story of Arthur Truluv which centered on three people In fact, the beginning of Night Night of Miracles is a charming story about the inhabitants of a small town While it is billed as a sequel to The Story of Arthur Truluv, it is a completely standalone book But reading them in order will give you a little bit enjoyment when reading the second one, because of the additional backstory knowledge of a couple of characters There are a lot characters in Night of Miracles compared to The Story of Arthur Truluv which centered on three people In fact, the beginning of Night of Miracles requires some patience on the reader s part the first 5 chapters, although they are short, revolve around different characters Lucille, Iris, Abby Jason, Tiny Iris, and Monica with a few tertiary character names as well So don t be surprised if you are a bit confused and have trouble keeping the characters straight it will become clearer as you read The book is about how these individuals become interconnected as their stories unfold Are these people extraordinary Not really But they are good natured and kind people you would like to get to know They are coping with everyday issues and problems while dealing with others in a compassionate way Their different circumstances include illness, a small business, losing weight, starting over after a divorce, dating, unrequited love and so on By the time their story ends, each one will get their own small miracle.The different characters come to realize different truths through their experiences with each other and the situations in their lives There are bits of wisdom sprinkled through the pages on various topics including love, life, and kindness That is the gift of love, not only that you have somebody but that you are changed by somebody. One good thing about someone really liking something you have is that you appreciate it yourself all over again. But you can t custom order people s kindnesses People do what they can, they give what they have.There are some amusing moments as well as clever writing He takes the recommended small bites which means that he cuts the sprouts in quarters Looks like he s going to have to add a microscope to his table setting. They didn t even eat together any, not breakfast, not lunch, not dinner Oftentimes, they ate separate things, and Iris thought this was worse than separate beds They were than over They were rotted.Ms Berg is a skilled writer who gives the reader worthy ideas to ponder Lately, she draws comfort from watching the second hand go smoothly around and around Isn t it funny that she, so enad of the past, is now consoled by seeing time move relentlessly forward Funny how important those birds have become to her But people need something to depend on They need something to love. And everybody s job was to love life while you had it and never to take anything for granted It was hard to remember to do that, but it was worth it to try.Although I enjoyed Night of Miracles, I didn t love it as much as The Story of Arthur Truluv Maybe the abundance of characters has something to do with it The character of Arthur Truluv is unrivaled in Night of Miracles he is truly unique Overall I think The Story of Arthur Truluv set a very high bar which would be extremely difficult to surpass.Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

  • Aura

    This book comes out in November and I received an ARC from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review I will be purchasing this book and Arthur Truluv for a few of my loved ones to read I luvvvvvvvvvvvd this book I cried for Lucille I wept for Iris I bawled for Tiny and Monica I was a complete mess for Abby and her son Lincoln This book hit me in a place I havent been affected in a long time All I can say is that Elizabeth Berg is a fabulous author and I recommend this book high This book comes out in November and I received an ARC from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review I will be purchasing this book and Arthur Truluv for a few of my loved ones to read I luvvvvvvvvvvvd this book I cried for Lucille I wept for Iris I bawled for Tiny and Monica I was a complete mess for Abby and her son Lincoln This book hit me in a place I havent been affected in a long time All I can say is that Elizabeth Berg is a fabulous author and I recommend this book highly but I think you must read The Story of Arthur Truluv first

  • Kendall

    Wow Elizabeth Berg you truly blew me out of the water with your talent I truly will always remember this novel and it will be leaving such a special place in my heart Those final words at the end left me in tears and awe of your talent.I have not read The Story of Arthur Truluv but have heard nothing BUT spectacular things about it After finishing this novel I will definitely be getting the audio for the first novel to get the background of previous characters This can be read as a standa Wow Elizabeth Berg you truly blew me out of the water with your talent I truly will always remember this novel and it will be leaving such a special place in my heart Those final words at the end left me in tears and awe of your talent.I have not read The Story of Arthur Truluv but have heard nothing BUT spectacular things about it After finishing this novel I will definitely be getting the audio for the first novel to get the background of previous characters This can be read as a standalonebut I can see why so many readers urge you to read the previous story first due to continued characters from the first book will be in this novel.I cannot say enough good things about this novel and it exceeded my expectations completely I felt like this is a shooting star with talent by Elizabeth Berg 4.5 stars for Night of Miracles This one is not to be missed my friends 3 3 Thank you to Random House and Netgalley for granting my wish The arc was provided in exchange for my honest thoughts.Publication date 11 13 18Published to GR 10 21 18

  • Jamie Rosenblit

    Elizabeth Berg you are a MASTER of creating characters that forever leave an imprint in my heart and tears on the pages long after I read the final words The Story of Arthur Truluv made my Top 10 of 2017 list and when I heard a sequel of sorts was coming and would be centered around Lucille, I knew it was going to be amazing but also have some large shoes to fill And this book totally exceeded my expectations I loved meeting a new cast of characters interspersed with the old favorites and I h Elizabeth Berg you are a MASTER of creating characters that forever leave an imprint in my heart and tears on the pages long after I read the final words The Story of Arthur Truluv made my Top 10 of 2017 list and when I heard a sequel of sorts was coming and would be centered around Lucille, I knew it was going to be amazing but also have some large shoes to fill And this book totally exceeded my expectations I loved meeting a new cast of characters interspersed with the old favorites and I have a feeling Night of Miracles will be making the 2018 list for sure.Thank you to Random House for an advanced copy All opinions are my own

  • Tami

    Once again, Elizabeth Berg has given readers a heartwarming story coming just in time for the holiday season Those who have read The Story of Arthur Truluv will enjoy learning what happened to the wonderful characters from that story and will be introduced to a few new faces.Lucille Howard is the main focus for this novel What s not to love about Lucille She s a wonderful baker and has so much love to give to others Lucille teaches baking classes out of her home the one she, Arthur and Madd Once again, Elizabeth Berg has given readers a heartwarming story coming just in time for the holiday season Those who have read The Story of Arthur Truluv will enjoy learning what happened to the wonderful characters from that story and will be introduced to a few new faces.Lucille Howard is the main focus for this novel What s not to love about Lucille She s a wonderful baker and has so much love to give to others Lucille teaches baking classes out of her home the one she, Arthur and Maddy shared , looks after her neighbor s son who is going through a tough time and is happily looking forward to Maddy s upcoming wedding.Lucille is getting on in years and decides to hire an assistant to help organize and grow her business Iris Winters is new in town and she and Lucille make a connection right away Iris wasn t really what Lucille was looking for in an assistant, but she ends up being just what Lucille needed.One of my favorite new characters is Tiny He s a large man with a ton of love in his heart for one woman and he s willing to work at it to win her heart Tiny is also a giving and loyal friend.I loved reading this and now have the urge to start my holiday baking while wearing my grandmother s vintage apron Readers who enjoyed The Story of Arthur Truluv and those who love uplifting stories will want to read this one.Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for allowing me to read an advance copy and give my honest review

  • Neanderthal

    NIGHT OF MIRACLES returns us to Mason, Missouri, home of THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV and many of the familiar characters from that story as well as several new, and equally interesting new ones I received pre publication access thanks to NetGalley.