Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Book Review: The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank

Title: The Christmas Pearl
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank (Performed by Celia Weston)
Genre: Fiction - Holiday
Challenges: 101 Books in 1001 Days Challenge, Book Around the States Challenge, Winter Reading Challenge 2010, Read and Review Challenge 2010, 2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge, 100 + Reading Challenge, Audio Book Challenge 2010, Pages Read 2010, A to Z challenge,

Rating: 5/5
No. of Pages: 176 (Audio)
Published: 2007

Back Cover: Theodora is the matriarch of the family that has grown into a bunch of truculent knuckleheads. While she’s finally gotten them all together in South Carolina to celebrate, this Christmas looks nothing like the extravagant, homey holidays of her childhood.

What happened to the days when Christmas meant tables groaning with home cooked goodies, over-the-top decorations, and long chats in front of the fire with Pearl, her grandmother’s beloved housekeeper and closest confidante?

Luckily a special someone hearing Theodora’s plea for help arrives, pockets full of enough Gullah magic and common sense to make Theodora’s Christmas the love-filled miracle it’s meant to be.

Mine: What a wonderful “Spirit” of Christmas tale. The true spirit of Pearl comes to Teddy when she needs it most to help – her whole wacky family comes to celebrate the holiday. The outrageous cavorting is bright to light, the children’s misbehaving is corrected and in the end all is well. Christmas is finally found in an around everyone’s heart.

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