Friday, December 13, 2013

Blame It On the Mistletoe - A Novel of Bright's Pond - by Joyce Magnin

About the book:

Is There Really a Fountain of Youth in Paradise?

Welcome back to Bright 's Pond, where strange happenings are afoot at the Greenbrier Nursing Home. Strange even for Bright 's Pond. The residents suddenly act like kids again riding trikes, climbing trees, and of all things falling in love. Some of the townsfolk blame it on the crooked new gazebo, or its builder, a quirky little man who quotes Don Quixote, collects water from the fountain at the Paradise trailer park, and disappears on a regular basis.

While Chief of Police Mildred Blessing investigates the mystery, Griselda and her friends deal with a luau Thanksgiving, preparations for the Christmas pageant, and maybe even an upcoming wedding. Only, in Bright 's Pond, nothing ever really goes as planned . . . 

My review:

This is an interesting story with some quirky characters!  I liked that Griselda is taking some risks, from learning to fly a plane to wondering if she should stay with her long-time on-again, off-again boyfriend. A new man in town complicates the situation, which was interesting.  There's a bit of a mystery with the antics at the nursing home.  Then there were the odd events, from a blessing of a fountain to the tropical Thanksgiving.  Things felt a bit too rehashed in the story and I found myself wanting more to happen that interested me.  I felt a little lost, too, since I haven't read any of the other books in the series.  Check it out if you like quirky small-town life and unique Christmas stories.

I received this book free from Abingdon Press in exchange for an honest review.


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