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Night of Miracles

(Mason #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  8,465 ratings  ·  1,656 reviews
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 Truluv

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
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Hardcover, 267 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Random House
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Debra
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars

Absolutely 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
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Jaline
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xx2018-completed
The people in this story come to the town of Mason, Missouri because it is small, picturesque, and the perfect refuge for folks who are seeking a quality of life that nurtures them. Of course, as always, it is the people themselves who develop and sustain this quality of life.

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
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JanB
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars

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
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Angela M
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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
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Julie
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg is a 2018 Random House publication.

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
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Liz
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 stars! I’m so grateful Elizabeth Berg re-visited this quiet, uplifting story! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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
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Diane S ☔
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved Arthur Trulov, and now that he is gone, the story focuses on Lucille who was also a key character in the first book. This one didn't have the same emotional pull or connection, I think because there were other characters with problems, it diluted the storyline. Made it quite depressing at times. Lucille's, unusual dream visitor was an interesting addition, but also took the story in still another direction. Don't get me wrong, I did like all the characters, wished them all well, the stor ...more
*TUDOR^QUEEN*
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher Random House who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.

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
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"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
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Larry H
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

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
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Marialyce
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
4 charming stars
My reviews can be seen here: http://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpress...

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
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Christine
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded to 5 stars for the sheer enjoyment factor

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
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Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends
Night of Miracles follows The Story of Arthur Truluv and here is this story with catch up with Lucile. Inspired by Authur she spreads kindness through her baked goods. Reading Night of Miracles is like sharing a piece of her sliced cake with these characters in this community.

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
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Karen
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so very happy to revisit the small town of Mason, Missouri, where we were first introduced to Arthur Truluv! We now see how life is for Lucille, his elderly neighbor who came to live in his home after he died. LOVE Lucille, and there are some new characters and a couple from the first book, that are just wonderful!
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
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Judy
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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☮Karen
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5

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
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Selena
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg from NetGalley for my honest review.

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
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Zoe
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honest, pensive, and affecting!

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
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Berit☀️✨
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
Absolutely delightful! Review to come!
Barbara
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Does the guy always get the girl? Does the troubled pregnant teenager always find love and fulfillment? Does the cancer patient always wake up cured? Is it all believable? Probably not, but the title of the book warns the reader to put their skepticism aside.

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
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Esil
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Night of Miracles is charming — sentimental but charming. It’s a sequel of sorts to The Story of Arthur Truluv, which I had also liked for similar reasons.

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
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Chris
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The continuing and ever-expanding saga of Arthur Truluv’s legacy and stories of old and some new friends and neighbors. This one is mostly of Lucille. She is a bit caustic, but is funny, wise, kind, compassionate, and level headed in her actions and voice.

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
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Holly
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
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 more enjoyment when reading the second one, because of the additional backstory knowledge of a couple of characters.

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
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Kendall
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jamie
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
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 ...more
Jayme
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excerpt: Surely you’ve had this happen. You are seated by choice or misfortune in a window seat on an airplane. You look out as the plane takes off, rises up higher and higher, levels off. If you have a chance to glance down, you see a particular kind of order not realized on earth. You might feel a kind of hopefulness at the sight of the houses clustered together....

Now imagine, that you are looking down at a small town called Mason, Missouri.

The town where Lucille is still living in her frien
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Aura
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Bam
The sequel to Elizabeth Berg's The Story of Arthur Truluv is another feel-good story, this time about Lucille Howard, the elderly woman living in Arthur's former home that she rents from Maddie, the young woman Arthur befriended and made his heir. There Lucille teaches fabulous baking classes with recipe names I guarantee will have you drooling. Oh, if only we could have her recipes!

Berg adds several new characters to the line up including Iris, who has moved from Boston to the small town of Ma
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Lynn
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a charming sequel to Arthur Truluv. It takes place about 5 years afterwards. We are reintroduced to Lillian, Maddy, And Nola and meet some new residents of Mason, MO. All their lives intertwine at some point. At times it seemed like too many new characters were introduced, and I felt like I didn’t get to know some as well as others.
The book is beautifully written, which is almost a given with Elizabeth Berg. Her writing can elevate even the simplest story. Although I enjoyed this book,
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