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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
C.A. King’s Miracles Not Included will have readers’ emotions extremely rattled. A tale with real and compelling characters that readers will be keen to watch as they navigate love and loss, and as they struggle to rise up from tragedy and face life again. Chris and Jason are a wonderful couple, and Chris couldn’t be happier with someone else. Her love for Jason is a stronghold and a haven where she feels inspired as a writer. The woman who can transform anything into material for a page-turner is shocked when Jason is diagnosed with terminal cancer. How could she live, knowing her husband’s days are numbered, and how does he feel, knowing that he’ll soon be leaving the woman he loves to succumb to grief?
The explanation the author gives at the beginning of the book - an allegory of a child with a toy that gets abandoned because no one read the label - explains, in a nutshell, what this book is all about. At the heart of the story is the big question of all — life. What do we do with it? This is a question that Chris wouldn’t have considered seriously until the moment of tragedy. Here is a story that talks about life and love and the challenges that come with them in a way that readers can relate to. If you don’t love the plot, you’ll be seduced by the depth of C.A. King’s characters. And if the characters are hard for you to connect with, then you won’t escape the charm of the prose. Some stories entertain us and leave us with beautiful thoughts about the characters, but there are those that wake us up and compel us to reconsider the way we live: Miracles Not Included falls into the second category. It is an inspiring and deeply moving story.