Miracle On Aisle Two

Romance - Contemporary
150 Pages
Reviewed on 12/03/2019
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Author Biography

Formerly a bank vice president and a hospital public relations director, Beth Carter had a mid-life crisis (a/k/a epiphany) and shed her suits and heels to reinvent herself. She now pens humorous women's fiction, romantic comedy, children's picture books, and a gold-medal-winning cookbook, THE QUARANTINE COOKBOOK.

The author doesn't miss the 8 a.m. meetings whatsoever and prefers writing at Starbucks unless there's a freaking pandemic! Carter has written the popular Coconuts series: THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS, CHAOS AT COCONUTS (Book 2), BABIES AT COCONUTS (Book 3), COWBOYS AT COCONUTS (Book 4), BRIDES AT COCONUTS (Book 5 - coming Nov. 2020), SLEEPING WITH ELVIS (the hero is an Elvis impersonator), MIRACLE ON AISLE TWO, SANTA BABY, a novelette, and THE QUARANTINE COOKBOOK.

Winner of a 2020 gold medal for THE QUARANTINE COOKBOOK, a 2020 silver medal for MIRACLE ON AISLE TWO, multiple Raven Awards in 2017-2019, a RONE Award in 2015, and voted Best Debut Author by BTS Books in 2015.

Carter's children’s picture books include WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE?, SOUR POWER, THE MISSING KEY, and SANTA'S SECRET. Her work also appears in four six-word memoir collections and numerous anthologies.

Splitting her time between Missouri and Florida, Beth Carter enjoys connecting with readers and has a private reader group, Beth's Book Babes, on Facebook. When she isn't writing, she's often found at T.J. Maxx, boating, or watching deer in her backyard.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sarah Scheele for Readers' Favorite

Miracle on Aisle Two is a light-hearted, feel-good Christmas novella. Author Beth Carter writes about a surprise romance between a struggling single mom and a wealthy architect with a spirit of generosity. Adam Donovan grew up poor before he became successful and when he spots a desperate single mother failing to recover layaway toys in Target because she’s just lost her job, he offers to pay for everything. Madison is suspicious of him, but one date leads to another date, a tour of the amazing hotel he’s renovated, and an introduction to her whip-smart, cute little daughter Betsy. Adam is finding his way into Madison’s life and he seems too good to be true. But does he have a connection to the bitter divorce that put Madison’s dentist employer out of business and ruined her life?

What a perfect story for Christmas! Much like Madison who falls for earnest, slightly goofy Adam, I found myself delighted by Miracle on Aisle Two’s encouraging tone that sometimes good things really do happen to people. There are miracles, surprises, and a touch of Santa-for-grownups in the world, giving the mature gifts of friendliness, caring, and making things right. Madison is a practical person who struggles to accept a sudden turn for the better, with an endearing klutziness in the face of so many changes crowding into her life. I saw a lot of myself in her and I think most women would find Beth Carter’s book a pleasant, surprisingly vivid story about the strength and hopefulness that the holiday season brings out in people. A nice supporting cast of a loyal friend, a distraught dentist, and a much-loved but hard to manage child round out this cozy little novella that has a warm and fuzzy twist at the end.

Trudi LoPreto

Madison, a single mom, has just lost her job days before Christmas and she is devastated. Betsy, her young daughter, has asked Santa for a bike, a bake oven, and a beautiful red dress. Madison, wanting to make this a happy holiday for Betsy, has put all these gifts on layaway at Target. Unfortunately, with no job and lots of bills, she has no idea how she can ever pay for these gifts. As she stands at the layaway counter in tears because she just doesn’t have enough money, a true Christmas miracle happens. Adam, a very successful architect, approaches the counter, pulls out his American Express card, and pays the balance for all the toys. The story does not end here though, as Madison and Adam seem to feel a connection and go to lunch, which is followed by a dinner date. They grow to like each other a lot and soon Madison allows him to meet Betsy. Betsy immediately warms to Adam and thinks he would make a good daddy. Christmas is fast approaching and Adam takes it upon himself to make Christmas special for both Madison and Betsy. Ups and downs rock their boat and twists and turns make for unusual conditions as Adam and Madison begin to fall in love.

Miracle on Aisle Two is a romantic Christmas love story. If you like a romantic holiday romance, then Miracle on Aisle Two will be impossible to put down. It is a short, quick-read novella, making it the perfect story to start the holiday season. It is hard to believe that anyone would find love in Target and find themselves in a sweet fairy tale setting but miracles can happen if you believe. Beth Carter has written a very charming story with characters that are real and very likable; it has all the makings for a perfect Hallmark Holiday movie. If you like Christmas, miracles, and fairy-tale romance, this is really a must-read-now book for you.

Lit Amri

Two weeks before Christmas, single parent Madison loses her job at the dental clinic. The distraught mother wonders how she's going to pay for her five-year-old daughter's Christmas presents. When pleading her plight at Target’s layaway department doesn't work, a handsome stranger named Adam comes to the rescue, much to her surprise and delight. The successful architect invites Madison to dinner and their relationship blossoms. Their attraction to one another, love for the holiday, and history of heartbreaks bring them closer. Is Adam the one? Will he still be the wonderful 'prince charming' when he sees her humble home? And most importantly, will Madison's daughter accept him? Miracle On Aisle Two is a sweet Christmas novella by Beth Carter.

Now that the holiday season is fast approaching, Beth Carter's Miracle On Aisle Two is a perfect cozy Christmas tale to uplift readers' spirits with a story premise that revolves around holiday wonders. The writing is clear and the plot has a nice flow from start to finish. Madison is easy to root for and sweet young Betsy is adorable. While Adam seems to be the perfect 'gift' for the twice heartbroken single mother, there's more about the charming architect as the story progresses. There are angst and sad moments but they are subtle and don't overwhelm the elements of holiday cheer and romance. All in all, Miracle On Aisle Two is a wonderful read and shows what the Christmas holiday is truly about: love. I look forward to reading more of Carter's work in this genre.