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.
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The elderly residents of Greenbrier's Nursing Home are simply up to no good! No good in the eyes of the residents of Bright Pond that is. Now that Hattie Grace who is almost ninety years old is now riding a tricyle like a three year old, and another couple is kissing like teenagers under the newly built gazebo on the property. Just what is really going on?
As Police Chief Mildred Blessing attempts to investigate all the angles on this strange dilemma, along with the nursing home doctor, they believe that someone is putting something in the food or water that the nursing home residents are drinking. Ever since Leon Fontaine has come to town and begin building things around Bright Pond, the residents here, are now acting a whole lot stranger than normal.
In the novel, Blame It On Mistletoe by Joyce Magnin, the reader is introduced to some of the quirky residents living in Bright Pond. From a beloved woman named Ruth who is prepared to out do all the previous Thanksgiving festivities that have been hosted at others homes, by offering a Thanksgiving Tropical Luau and making it definitely one that will be talked about for years to come.
Griselda is at her wit's end trying to decide if she is in love with Zeb, the diner's chief cook extraordinaire or her new aviation teacher, Cliff. Now if only she could discover what love really means while both are doing their very best to try and impress her.
I received Blame It On Mistletoe by Joyce Magnin compliments Abingdon Press for my honest review and did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review. The opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. This novel is just perfect for not just Christmas but anytime. You can't help but fall in love with the amusing characters of Joyce Magnin's Bright Pond series, and this one is no exception! I rate this one a classical 5 out of 5 Christmas stars! This is the fourth book in the Bright Pond Series!
If you'd like a little humor and romance with your Christmas novels, this one could be just your cup of wassail (non-alcoholic, of course). I certainly enjoyed it.
Odd things are afoot at the Greenbrier Nursing Home. Old folks have begun acting like youngsters. Ol' Haddie's been peddling a trike around the halls at top speed, and Faith and Clyde (equally old) have been smooching on the gazebo. Speaking of which, the gazebo is a little off kilter too.
Sort of like the odd little man who built it. Leon Fontaine rebuilt the old fountain at the Paradise Trailer Court too, and the fountain also leaned a bit. It seemed to be his trademark.
Somehow, folks were getting the notion that the water had youthful qualities. Some think that odd little man is providing drugs to the Nursing Home. Griselda has her hands full trying to help Chief of Police Mildred find the elusive Mr. Fontaine, deciding whether she loved Zeb or Cliff, taste-testing Ruth's exotic Thanksgiving dishes, and lining up someone to play Mary in the Christmas Pageant. Oh--and trying to pacify her sister Agnes who can't come to either the Thanksgiving dinner or the Christmas pageant.
There are three other novels in the Bright's Pond Series and the titles are: The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, Griselda Takes Flight and Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise. The characters introduced in the first three novels continue in this fourth novel, Blame it on the Mistletoe. Griselda is a middle-aged, single woman who has lived in the same small town all her life and even still resides in the same house she grew up in. Come to think of it, Griselda's life rarely has changed. Now, with her on-again, off-again high school sweetheart, Griselda feels unsure of marriage to Zeb because she has finally had time to herself instead of caring for her sister Agnes or someone else in the town.
With Christmas right around the corner, Zeb, after a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with friends that Griselda helped make, pops the question to her again. This time the answer is "yes"! However, her flight instructor is after her affections as well, which really throws the future bride's emotions in a loop. Throughout the novel, the reader will be enticed to read more as a mysterious little man is in the area affecting a change in the hearts and lives of the townsfolk, especially those residing in a nursing home.
Joyce Magnin writes a novel that really is unique in nature as it has mystery, a plethora of characters and an ending that will be a surprise and delight to the audience. The wonderful characteristic feel to this novel for me was the quirky personalities attached to the various residents of the Bright's Pond community. These make-believe people are the "normal" kind of people one reads in a work of fiction, but definitely can be people that are real.
In book 4 of the Bright Pond series, Blame it on the mistletoe we find what many would say is the magic of Christmas, when the senior residents of Greenbrier nursing home feeling and acting like they are young again, climbing trees, riding bikes, and generally getting into all sorts of mischief. Town Sheriff Mildred Blessing has her hands full with not only all of that, but when rumors of the fountain of youth at the Paradise Trailer begin to circulate, all sorts trouble begins to pop up. Griselda Sparrow is still wavering back and forth between Cliff and Zeb & Ruth decides to have a un-traditional Thanksgiving that comes off in typical Bright Pond style. And of Christmas is never just Christmas!
I loved re-visiting with all the people of Paradise Trailer park. The book did lag a bit in the middle but not to the point where I had to skip any of it. All in all it was a good fun read.