Title: Night of Miracles
Series: Mason, #2
Author: Elizabeth Berg
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Story Perspective: Alternating Third-Person
Themes: Friendship, Love, Community, Miracles
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Random House
At the center of this story is Lucille, who bakes, loves, takes care of others, and who is always dependable (even when she’s sassy). Told in multiple perspectives, Lucille’s baking brings together an assistant, a family who is suffering, and her beloved granddaughter.
Together, this band of people, though dealing with their own issues, come together for all the right reasons.
As I am able to sit down and read a bit more than usual, I peeked through my NetGalley backlog books and found this one. I remember reading the first in the series, The Story of Arthur Truluv and enjoying it fairly well. I don’t think I loved it, but I liked it fine. Not sure if it’s because I’ve been away from this story for a while, but I liked this one a bit better than its previous one, which was a nice surprise.
Though told in several different perspectives, it was mostly easy to keep track of the protagonists and their storylines. Everyone’s personality was fairly distinct, with the exception of the two characters that I kept confusing one with the other (Maddy and Monica). Eventually, I was able to keep them straight, but it took some time.
For the most part, the plot flowed very well and was easy to follow. I especially enjoyed the baking classes that Lucille held because I feel these would be classes that I would enjoy, especially with a somewhat sassy older woman as the instructor. As part of Lucille’s storyline, she interacts with two young children, who were mostly secondary characters here, but what was surprising was that the two kids never really interacted with each other. The love that have for Lucille alone would have brought them together, so I found it an interesting choice Nola and Lincoln, the two children, never met.
The sense of community was nice to read and brought a sweetness to the book. I really like seeing neighbors help each other, especially in time of need. Also, I enjoy it when people who at first was reluctant to accept aid from someone, then eventually do accept the help and it turns out for the better. With that, a friendship and neighborly love form. It’s all very sweet and heartwarming.
At some points in the book, there are scenes of slight mysticism where the afterlife is spoken about and slightly touched upon. These scenes aren’t very long and mainly consist of speaking with an angel of sorts, but it could be a surprise for those who aren’t expecting these moments.
Lastly, there were some odd sentence choices that made me pause a few times. For instance, on location 2052, I had to read this line a couple of times: “…and Lucille shows the boy how to make pinwheels, and doesn’t he think those are fun.” I believe the last part of that line is meant to be a question to the boy, in this instance. However, it’s worded awkwardly since it’s unclear if it’s actually directed to the boy, and it isn’t in the form of a question. This style of sentence structure happens a few times throughout the read and could benefit from tweaking.
Overall, I enjoyed this quick read even with its moments of character confusion and awkward sentence choices.
I would recommend this book to those who would like to read a simple, sweet book that is told in multiple perspectives.