Blame It On The Mistletoe, Brights Pond Series #4   -     By: Joyce Magnin
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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.

The folks have suddenly grown younger, happier, and even a bit friskier thanks to Leon Fontaine, the newest Paradise Trailer Park resident. But Mildred Blessing is suspicious and sets out to investigate while the wedding to end all weddings is being planned. Only, in Bright's Pond, nothing ever really goes as planned . . .

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 142671162X
ISBN-13: 9781426711626
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Series: Bright's Pond

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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 . . .
"What's better than Bright's Pond? Bright's Pond at Christmas time. Magnin hasn't just created characters--she's created friends you'll love spending time with. You'll love every page of this quirky delight, and when that last chapter is read, you'll be ready for more of Griselda and the rest of the Bright's Pond residents." - Jenny B. Jones, Award-winning author of romantic comedies such as "Save the Date" and A Charmed Life series

"The queen of quirk does it again. With her signature wit and charm and penchant for surprise, Joyce Magnin takes us on a leisurely read through Bright's Pond, where uncannily loveable chaeracters reside -- God in the midst of them. I want to move there." - Nancy Rue, author of The Reluctant Prophet"Creative and fun, a visit to Bright 's Pond for the Holidays is just what the doctor ordered. Who can resist spry octogenarians in hot pursuit of the Fountain of Youth or romance in trouble But it is the endearing thread of love and sympathy that runs through the characters that makes readers return." - Cathy Gohlke, Christy Award winning author of William Henry is a Fine Name and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires

Author Bio

Joyce Magnin is the author of several books, including The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, named one of the "Top 5 Best Christian Fiction Books of 2009" by Library Journal. Her short fiction pieces and articles have been published in such magazines as Relief Journal, Parents Express, Sunday Digest, and Highlights for Children. A member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship, Joyce is a frequent workshop leader at various writers conferences and womens church groups. She has three children and one grandson, and is mom to a neurotic parakeet who lives with her in Havertown, Pennsylvania.

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Blame it on the Mistletoe is the fourth installment of Joyce Magnin's Bright's Pond series. When residents of the local nursing home begin to act strangely, riding tricycles down hallways and falling in love in their late nineties, Griselda Sparrow observes as Police Chief Mildred Blessings investigates the strange happenings. Meanwhile, Sparrow deals with her own romantic controversy, caught between a man whom she last dated in high school and an exciting pilot teaching her how to fly.

Magnin writes in a wacky, humorous tone, with short interludes of serious conflict. Griselda struggles with the guilt of leaving her morbidly overweight sister, Agnes, in the nursing home to control her weight, and she displays almost unbearable immaturity regarding her relationships.

Griselda is a middle-aged woman living in an absurd, high school fantasy. She deals with lingering feelings for Zeb Sewickey, her on-again, off-again high school sweetheart, whom she refuses to marry, and Cliff Cardwell, a pilot giving her regular flying lessons. When investigating Greenbrier Nursing Home, Chief Blessings suspects sinister dealings like drugs, but Griselda offers a strange alternative solution: the fountain of youth. All the while, the characters anticipate a Hawaiian-themed Thanksgiving, a Christmas pageant, and a wedding.

Griselda is a relatable character for most women, though her constant indecision about whether to marry her long-time lover or to abandon the comfortable life and embark on a new relationship becomes annoying. Regardless of her frustrating behavior, readers also become torn between the poor, love-struck Zeb and the charming, exhilarating Cliff. In all of Griselda's indecision, she forgets to turn to God for guidance in her choices. Proverbs 3:5 states, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight." Had Griselda trusted God's path for her, she would have saved herself a lot of time. Readers are also wrapped up in the mystery around the nursing home and yearn for an explanation, whether it is drugs or the mythical fountain of youth come alive in Greenbrier Nursing Home.

Blame it on the Mistletoe is a fun story, though quite silly at times, but it's an entertaining book for the holiday season. No doubt, Bright's Pond fans will not be disappointed in their favorite quirky characters. Those new to the series will enjoy Magnin's offbeat humor and the strange individuals who reside in Bright's Pond. The tale provides inspiration for middle-aged women to the elderly who want a chance to be young again. - Alli Russell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Jen Pen
    Midwest
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Well worth the chuckle...
    January 13, 2014
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    SUMMARY:

    The residents at the Greenbrier Nursing Home have been acting strangely. The residents are suddenly riding tricycles, finding themselves caught under the mistletoe and even needing the police to end a scuffle. Top it all off with a suspicious police woman named Mildred as well as an unusual Hawaiian Thanksgiving dinner_things are about to get crazy!!

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    Joyce Magin provides the reader with a light-hearted novel that is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. Put out your stocking, deck the halls, sip your hot chocolate and hang the mistletoe because you will be ready for the Christmas season after reading this book! You will find yourself chuckling as you turn the pages of this novel_who couldn't giggle when reading about the crazy residents that have found a little spunk around the Christmas Season! (Be sure to also check out the other books which are part of the Bright's Pond series.)

    MY RATING:

    4 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of Blame it on the Mistletoe from Abingdon Press for my honest review*
  2. S Dietze
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable Holiday Read
    December 12, 2013
    S Dietze
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Blame it on the Mistletoe is a fun read. Bright's Pond, Pennsylvania reminds me a bit of Cicely, Alaska in Northern Exposure: it boasts endearingly quirky residents, like narrator Griselda, the subject of gossip about her relationship with her flying instructor, Cliff, despite the fact that she's dating Zeb. Then there's Griselda's sister Agnes, who now lives in the Greenbrier Nursing Home, where strange things are afoot with the inhabitants. Little Mercy Lincoln might just need more from Griselda than books to borrow. Meantime, all of the goings-on might be too much for Mildred, the Police Chief. The sort of crazy holiday spirit running amok in Bright's Pond might give anyone a headache.

    This is Book #4 in a series of Bright's Pond books by the author, Joyce Magnin, but it isn't necessary to have read the others to enjoy this one. I hadn't read them and managed just fine. This is truly a story about a community, with widespread ages among the characters. I love the sense of family at the heart of this town, which makes for an enjoyable read--appropriate for teens and grandmas alike.

    Thanks to Abingdon for providing a copy for my review!
  3. Britney Adams
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Blame It On The Mistletoe
    December 11, 2013
    Britney Adams
    Blame it on the Mistletoe is the fourth novel in Joyce Magnin's Bright's Pond series. In the small town of Bright's Pond, the characters are a bit quirky and the situations sometimes bizarre!

    Residents of the local nursing home seem to have found a source of rejuvenation and are acting years younger than their age, leaving those in the community to wonder who or what is responsible. With a mystery to solve, as well as an on-again, off-again love story, Blame it on the Mistletoe is full of surprises and lots of laughs! I enjoyed this delightful visit to Bright's Pond and wonder what these characters will come up with next!

    I have not read the other books in the series, so this was my first introduction to Bright's Pond. While I didn't really know the time setting of the novel or the history of the cast, I was able to read this book as a stand-alone novel. However, I would assume that reading the first three books would certainly add to the enjoyment of Blame it on the Mistletoe.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Abingdon Press. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
  4. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Events Happening In Bright's Pond
    December 8, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Joyce Magnin in her new book, "Blame It On The Mistletoe" Book Four in the Bright's Pond series published by Abingdon Press takes us into the life of Police Chief Mildred Blessing.

    From the back cover: Just married

    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.

    The folks have suddenly grown younger, happier, and even a bit friskier thanks to Leon Fontaine, the newest Paradise Trailer Park resident. But Mildred Blessing is suspicious and sets out to investigate while the wedding to end all weddings is being planned.

    Only, in Bright's Pond, nothing ever really goes as planned . . .

    Welcome to Bright's Pond. I did not read the first three books in this series, A mistake that I plan to correct quickly, however I was quickly drawn into the characters and did not feel that I was missing anything. Leon Fontaine, a new resident at the Paradise Trailer Park, has rebuilt the old fountain which leans a bit, similar to the way he does. Since then the residents of the Greenbrier Nursing Home are behaving in a younger manner. It's either the water or drugs and Mildred Blessing, who is also new to Bright's Pond's and the one and only police officer which, of course, makes her the chief of police. Get ready for a Hawaiian Thanksgiving, a wedding and a Christmas Pageant like you have never seen before. There is a lot going on, all of it is fun and all of it is entertaining. You will find yourself laughing out loud as you enjoy the going on in this delightful little town. All of the characters are fun and Ms. Magnin has a way to really keep you interested in this story as you keep flipping pages wondering what will happen next.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. ibjoy1953
    Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Really good Christmas Read
    December 7, 2013
    ibjoy1953
    Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

    Welcome back to Brights Pond and the characters we love so well there. The Holiday's will be different for Griselda this year since Agnes is in an assistant living place. Agnes seems to adjust well at the Greenbriar Nursing home except for one thing, and that is, something strange is going on around there. The patients seem to act younger all of a sudden. Like one of the older, and smaller ladies riding around on a tricycle? What on earth is happening there? Well, like me, you will need to read this book to find out all about it. And in reading Blame it on the Mistletoe, you will laugh and sometimes cry as these characters live out their story.

    This is a really great read, and I thoroughly enjoyed Griselda and all of her family and friends as she changes her traditions this Christmas. And is love in the air for Griselda? Seems she is still uncertain who will be the guy for her, her old time faithful friend she has know for so long, or newcomer air plane pilot that is giving Griselda flying lessons? So many questions, and they are all answered in this wonderful, fun, funny, and exciting Christmas story. I really want to encourage you to enjoy Blame it on the Mistletoe, and while you are at it, check out the other books in the Brights Pond series.

    I received this book from the publisher Abingdon Press to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55.
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