ANGELS AT THE TABLE
Macomber’s holiday Shirley, Goodness and Mercy story is a steaming mug of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream — comforting and familiar. The sparks of magic in this story are thanks to the bumbling angels that bring humor and whimsy to the otherwise predictable story and characters. Lovers of all things Macomber will find this tale of heaven and miracles satisfying; others may require more.
Three angels and their apprentice sneak down to Times Square on New Year’s Eve, where the apprentice does the one thing that’s forbidden — interfering with humans — when he brings together two lonely strangers. After Lucie and Aren “bump” into each other and share a kiss on New Year’s Eve, they know that there is something special happening. The path of true love is never smooth, especially as the angels try to correct their mistake and bring together this chef and food critic. But each heavenly intervention pushes them further apart. It takes a small Christmas miracle for Lucie and Aren to offer and accept forgiveness, so they can become the loving couple they were destined to be. (BALLANTINE, Nov., 240 pp., $18.00)