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  1. Blame It On The Mistletoe, Brights Pond Series #4
    Blame It On The Mistletoe, Brights Pond Series #4
    Joyce Magnin
    Abingdon Press / 2011 / Trade Paperback
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 14 Reviews
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  1. Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    I Love Christmas any time of the year
    July 27, 2012
    Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Blame It On The Mistletoe

    Joyce Magnin

    Book Summary: 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 . . .

    Review: Filled with loveable quirky characters that take on a life of their own throughout the story interwoven into that is characters from other books written by the author. This is a story about people who are given a second chance at life to do things and act without the adult perspective heightened self-awareness. It did take some time to get used to a book about older people. I did enjoy the realness of interaction between the two sisters and the giving of self in visiting people that are unable to get up and go on their own. While slow moving at the start it was worth wading through all the ‘getting to know you' phase to dig into the mystery of why did all these people seem to be getting more youthful.

    I would like to thank Net Galley and Abingdon Press for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
  2. Mount Dora, FL
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Only the Best
    December 14, 2011
    M. Pieper
    Mount Dora, FL
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Somehow, Christmastime evokes the best and the worst. You receive that toy you've always wanted, but you also get the itchy wool sweater that ends up at the bottom of your dresser drawer. You look forward to Grandma's famous gingerbread cookies, but Aunt Fannie's prize macaroni-and-marshmallow salad? Not so much.

    Here in Bright's Pond, Christmas offers the best and worst as well. A Thanksgiving spent with friends—and a Hawaiian-themed feast. The Fountain of Youth—and nursing home residents cavorting like drunken kindergarteners. A long-awaited wedding—and the potential of broken hearts.

    When it comes to the elements that make a great story, however, author Joyce Magnin offers up only the best. Once again, she draws readers in via her skillful presentation of awkward-but-endearing characters in situations that seem absurd and realistic all at once.

    BLAME IT ON THE MISTLETOE pulls on some loose threads from earlier Bright's Pond offerings (Will librarian Griselda get her pilot's license? Can she choose between longtime beau Zeb and pilot Cliff, the new man in town?). But the twists, turns, and irregular bumps we've come to expect from this series find their way into this novel as well, along with an enduring message of love, faith, and the power of community.

    Whether you're shopping for a Christmas gift or seeking sweet relief from the holiday madness. I highly recommend this engaging read. Buy the book. After all, you can always BLAME IT ON THE MISTLETOE.
  3. Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful Adventure
    November 9, 2011
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a delightful read, full of chuckles and good laughs! Agnes Sparrow is now in a nursing home, Greenbrier, and is loosing some weight. Griselda is now taking flying lessons, and doesn't know if she wants to live alone or marry Zeb.

    There are such goings on! Enjoy the play on names throughout the book! Is it the Mistletoe or water from the Fountain of Youth?? Meet Leon Fountain, and all the youngins at the Nursing Home! Enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving at Ruth's, her take on a tropical one!!

    Poor Agnes, Ruth is going to make her a dress, and she is using 3 pieced patterns? Oh my, and you imagine the yards and yards of fabric!!

    Experience the joy of the Christmas Pageant, with a real camel. Can't you just picture that!!

    Once you pick this book up, your on a wonderful journey, immense yourself and enjoy!!

    I received this book through Netgalley and the Publisher Abingdon Press, and was not required to give a positive review!
  4. Lancaster, PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Make Your Heart Happy
    September 18, 2011
    readgreatfiction
    Lancaster, PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Welcome back to Bright's Pond where the residents make even your strangest relatives seem normal.

    What's going on at the Greenbriar Nursing home? Resident's riding trikes down the halls? Seniors making out in the gazebo? This is strange even by Bright's Pond standards. Who or what could be responsible? Is it the fault of the new gazeebo, or the strange elusive man who built it for the residents? Maybe it's drugs or something in the water. Police chief Mildred Blessing has her hands full trying to solve this one.

    Meanwhile elsewhere in Bright's Pond folks must contend with a luau thanksgiving, a Christmas pageant with live camels and the on again off again romance between Griselda and Zeb. Do I hear wedding bells?

    Though lighthearted, this book is no ball of fluff. It is well written and entertaining. It will leave you laughing, and feeling just a little bit better about your own life. The delightfuly quirky characters, like none you've ever imagined, are so real you'll feel like you've always known them.

    As with the first three books in this series, this is a 5 star read. If you haven't read the others (The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise, and Griselda Takes Flight), you must do so. You'r life will be fuller from having read them.

    I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions rendered are my own.
  5. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 13, 2011
    kattrox
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A gazebo is discovered and some of the residents at the Greenbrier Nursing home are regaining their youth, start doing odd things, like riding tricycles and dancing like they are teenagers, and other odd behaviors. The group sets out to find the truth.

    To add variety to a typical fare Ruth plans a Tropical Thanksgiving. Go on soaring adventures with Matilda, listen in while the Yuletide committee discusses the upcoming Christmas agenda, meet new characters and stay in touch with familiar ones. This novel with capture your heart and make you smile! All the charm and entertainment for the upcoming holiday season done up Brights Pond style!

    Although this is a part of a series it could easily stand on it's own. Very entertaining and a joy to read, I highly recommend this book. It challenged my faith as I kept turning the pages, quite hard to put down!

    Thanks so much to Abingdon Press and Netgalley for my ARC for my review.
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