Night of Miracles
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 deliciou ...more
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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 ...more
There are several new characters introduced in this sequel to The Story of Arthur Truluv and each vignette is so perfectly coloured that I was immediately drawn to them – with great attentiveness. My curiosity was sparked b ...more
It has been a while since I was so charmed and taken by a story. I loved The Story of Arthur Truluv and now we have Night of Miracles, which is the delightful sequel. It would work as a standalone but do yourself a favor and read Arthur Truluv first. I read/listened to this in one day.
Elizabeth Berg is one of my favorite authors. I’ve been following her since back in the day when my children were young and she wrote a column for Parents Magazine. She is one of the few authors who has a ...more
A sweet, whimsical story that pays forward the tradition of kindness started by Arthur Truluv-
In this follow up to “The Story of Arthur Truluv, the reader is reunited with Lucille and Maddy, as they embark on the next big adventure in their lives.
Lucille has started to teach a baking class, which is very successful. Maddy, left home, but has returned to visit Lucille and has a big announcement to make. Meanwhile, readers fo ...more
One of the things I liked about The Story of Arthur Truluv is that it was a feel good story that was good for the soul. I can say the same of this sequel of sorts, but I do have to admit that I enjoyed the first book more. This one could probably be read as a stand-alone, but I would recommend reading Arthur Truluv first because you get a better feel for how Arthur brought together Maddy and her daughter Nola and Lucille. A number of new characters are introduced, each facing front and ...more
4.5 stars, rounded up
I 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 ...more
Woo! I listened to Elizabeth Berg narrate The Story of Arthur Truluv on one of my favorite audio renditions of a story, ever. She captures the poignancy to her characters, and I could not wait to read this follow-up to Arthur’s story.
While I think you can read Night of Miracles on its own, you will miss out on how Lucille, Maddy, and Nola came together thanks to Arthur, and Arthur’s character is too special ...more
This is the sequel to the wonderful book "The Story of Arthur Truluv". I suppose you could read this book as a standalone, but it would be a far more enriching experience to have read the prior book. To summarize the story of the original book, Arthur Truluv is an elderly widower who visits his wife's grave each day, eating lunch there. Unbeknownst to him, a troubled teenager named Maddy finds refuge in th ...more
"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 Mirac ...more
Having just read Elizabeth Berg's sweet, life-affirming book, The Story of Arthur Truluv (see my review), I dove right into its follow-up, Night of Miracles , rather than wait for the characters to get a little bit foggy. It was nice not to have to say goodbye to the characters right away.
"This is what happens. You live past your time of importance and relevance and the world must be given over to the younger ones. Lucille is all right with that notion. As the old folks yielded to h ...more
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For those of us who so liked Elizabeth Berg's Arthur Truluv, this new book is such a bewitching and enthralling follow up. Some of our old favorites are back in this sequel where I was able to sit back, relax and fall once again into love with these wonderful characters, wishing I could be a member of their community, not to mention a participant in some of Lucille's baking classes.
Lucille Howard is back with al ...more
What a wonderfully satisfying read this was! And I liked it as much as the first of this two-book series, The Story of Arthur Truluv. I didn’t think I would as Arthur is a pretty special character, but Lucille fills the starring role beautifully in this story.
Several new characters are introduced that were not featured in the first book. There is the family next store struggling with serious illness, a waitress grappling with romance, a ...more
Night of Miracles is a charming, heartbreaking and heartwarming story with endearing characters that explores human connections through a community. It explores the effects of down to earth kindness can have on a community ...more
This book just made me happy, great timing for me to read it!
Thank you to Elizabeth Berg for writing this sequel!
Thank you to Random House and Netgalley for making this book avai ...more
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 ...more
Books that are very sweet or saccharine are usually a big turn off. But when there is literally sugary sweetness, as in cookies and cakes, and lots of them, count me in. And with this author, I am 100% in, knowing it's going to be a moving experience, as it was.
Lucille, alone in life but never lonely with all her good friends, has opened her house to baking classes, so there is much to drool over while she describes her goodies. Ancillary characters either work in or go to the local restauran ...more
This is the first book I have ever read by Elizabeth Berg. Absolutely fantastic!! A wonderful heart felt and warming story that makes your heart smile. The characters are beautifully thought out and written and you find yourself loving them as if they are real. A story of love, struggles, forgiveness and life. I do plan on going back and reading The Story of Arthur Trulov because I loved this so m ...more
Night of miracles takes us back to the small town of Mason, Missouri and into the lives of many, including Lucille Howard who’s still teaching people to bake, befriending those who are lonely, and selflessly helping those in need; Iris, a middle-aged woman, struggling to move on after a recent divorce; Tiny, a large man with no confidence and courage; and Abby, a young mother battling for her life against a relentless disease.
The prose is vivid and sincere. The cha ...more
Everyone has their day to day interactions; some unique situations to be worked through, some new opportunities and creative ideas that are probably setting the tone for a forthcoming book #3.
I did enjoy this one, but it was not a five star a ...more
Early in The Night of Miracles, one of the characters talks about going to bed with a Maeve Binchy novel, and she explains what she likes about Binchy’s novels. The Night of Miracles has the same feel. People involved in everyday struggles, coming together and helping each other. Nothing deep, but a bit of a balm for the soul given the cur ...more
The definition of miracle is: "A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws." There is something childlike in miracles. One is awed and doesn't critique - just believes. Sometimes this is a very pleasan ...more
There are a lot more characters in Night of Miracles compared to The Story of Arthur Truluv which centered on three people. In fact, the beginning of Night ...more
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 ...more
Now imagine, that you are looking down at a small town called Mason, Missouri.
The town where Lucille is still living in her frien ...more
Berg adds several new characters to the line up including Iris, who has moved from Boston to the small town of Ma ...more
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 ...more
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