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Review: The Christmas Pearl

December 21, 2012

The Christmas Pearl

Ninety-three year old Theodora remembers when Christmas meant something.  Her family seems to be caught up in the commercialism of the holiday so it no longer brings her the joy she remembers feeling as a child.  After she dreams of Pearl, the housekeeper who all but raised her, Theodora wonders what she can do to bring the magic back to Christmas.  A special visitor who just might have the answer arrives at her family’s home on Christmas Eve.

The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank is a predictable but sweet holiday story.   It’s a quick read that focuses more on the story than on the characters and it will have you longing for a simpler time.  Reading it will make you want to embrace your family and focus on the important things in life.

There’s nothing earth shattering in this book and it does rely on some Southern stereotypes but I still enjoyed the time I spent with it.  It is slightly cheesy, though, so it’s the kind of book I generally only enjoy during the holiday.  The back of the book contains over 50 recipes – most with a Southern flair.  I haven’t tried any of them but saw several I’d like to whip up in the future.

I won this book in a contest on Bookin’ with Bingo.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
14 Comments leave one →
  1. December 21, 2012 5:53 am

    Wow, 50 recipes? I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t read any of DBF’s books but I know she’s quite popular. I’m glad you enjoyed your time spent reading it!

  2. December 21, 2012 6:09 am

    93 years old! That caught my eye. Older people don’t always want to read about characters in their 20s and 30s. I’ll have to remember this one to recommend in the library.

  3. sandynawrot permalink
    December 21, 2012 6:21 am

    It sounds like those Hallmark holiday shows on TV, but there is a time and place for stories like this. Sometimes you just need some cheese.

  4. December 21, 2012 10:04 am

    This definitely sounds like the perfect holiday read. I love it. I’ll definitely be reading that one next holiday season 😉

  5. December 21, 2012 10:46 am

    Sounds worth it for the recipes alone.

  6. December 21, 2012 11:12 am

    Those cheesy, predictable books are perfect for light holiday reading. 🙂

  7. December 21, 2012 12:58 pm

    This sounds like a nice Holiday read. Have a great and blessed holiday!

  8. Patty permalink
    December 21, 2012 4:55 pm

    I just love books with recipes! Twice the fun!

  9. December 21, 2012 6:28 pm

    I haven’t read her yet, but with 50 recipes, I might pick this one up just for that reason!
    2 Kids and Tired Books

  10. December 21, 2012 9:15 pm

    I know there is a time and place and person for these books but I’m not one of them!

  11. Amy @ My Friend Amy permalink
    December 22, 2012 1:02 am

    Well despite it’s flaws, I’m glad you were able to enjoy it!

  12. December 22, 2012 1:27 am

    Thanks for your honest review, Kathy. It sounds like a cookbook with all those recipes!

  13. December 27, 2012 8:25 am

    Totally agree with you about this but there is just something nice about reading books like this during the holiday season.

  14. December 29, 2012 9:00 pm

    This one didn’t work for me.

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