Small Miracles

· Starwatch Press
5 reviews

About this ebook

A “charming tale of little temptations” (Jacquelyn Benson), this feel-good comedy by fantasy author Olivia Atwater mixes angels, demons, romance, and chocolate into a perfectly petty and wickedly entertaining novel.

A little bit of sin is good for the soul.

Gadriel, the fallen angel of petty temptations, has a bit of a gambling debt. Fortunately, her angelic bookie is happy to let her pay off her debts by doing what she does best: All Gadriel has to do is tempt miserably sinless mortal Holly Harker to do a few nice things for herself.

What should be a cakewalk of a job soon runs into several roadblocks, however, as Miss Harker politely refuses every attempt at temptation from Gadriel the woman, Gadriel the man, and Gadriel the adorable fluffy kitten. When even chocolate fails to move Gadriel’s target, the ex-guardian angel begins to suspect she’s been conned. But Gadriel still remembers her previous job… and where petty temptations fail, small miracles might yet prevail.

Olivia Atwater explores love, grief, and the very last bit of chocolate in this sweet modern fantasy, full of wit and heart. Pick up Small Miracles, and enjoy a heavenly comedy from the author of Half a Soul.


KEYWORDS: angels and demons, fallen angels, comedic fantasy, romantic comedy, clean romance, fantasy romance, romantic fantasy, standalone

Ratings and reviews

5 reviews
Friendly Neighborhood Inkslinger
May 6, 2022
I count myself amongst the fortunate to have discovered Olivia Atwater's work a few short years ago and she remains with each new tale, one of my favorite modern authors. Whether the story is framed in darkness or light, her signature whimsical tone never allows it to drift too far into either direction. The narrative is always fun, even when danger is at hand. Her latest release, 'Small Miracles,' is no exception. While she has said that it takes a "bit of inspiration" from 'Good Omens,' it's in no way the same kind of story. Sure, there are souls at risk and a bit of the old push and pull between the forces of Heaven and Hell, but other than the rather prickly love than can exist between brethren who both adore and simultaneously irk one another.. that's where the resemblance ends. Gadriel is our main character. A fallen angel of petty temptations, they really mean no one any harm despite their job.. satisfied instead with nudging mortals here and there into tiny transgressions that tend to lead to happier lives than futures of damnation. Honestly, they're absolutely charming and they break my heart a little in this book. While the story delves into substantial themes of love and grief, it does so lightheartedly. There's always a sense of hope that things will turn out okay somehow, though there are times when it exists solely because Gadriel or their angelic bookie, Berachiel are desperately clinging to it. Holly is sweet and complex, as is her niece. Though Miss Harker seems predominantly virtuous, there are sorrowful reasons for the path she's on.. and while Ella can be brusque, that comes from a place born of pain too. Despite all the heaviness in the lives of those this story follows, it's not a sad story at all. It's filled with moments of joy and triumph, petty pranks, and general wickedness the likes of which are highly amusing.. and not at all offensive. I loved this book with all my heart and can only hope we might get another glimpse into Atwater's world of the divine.. down the road. (I received this title as an ARC, but also purchased a copy. All opinions are mine and freely given.)
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May 1, 2022
This is a different pace from this writer's Regency Faerie Tales. No faeries, no Regency, but guardian and fallen angels doing what they do in a contemporary setting. I love the imagination that drives Olivia Atwater to write her books. Gadriel is "subcontracting from heaven" to brighten Holly Harker's life, but first she has to find her. A witty and fun read with some slight tugging of heartstrings. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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About the author

Olivia Atwater writes whimsical historical fantasy with a hint of satire. She lives in Montreal, Quebec with her fantastic, prose-inspiring husband and her two cats. When she told her second-grade history teacher that she wanted to work with history someday, she is fairly certain this isn't what either party had in mind. She has been, at various times, a historical re-enactor, a professional witch at a metaphysical supply store, a web developer, and a vending machine repairperson.

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