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Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2011
Series: Bright's Pond
Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus, Harriet Beamer Series #1Joyce MagninZondervan / 2012 / Trade Paperback$13.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 17 Reviews
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Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise, Bright's Pond Series #2Joyce MagninAbingdon Press / 2010 / Trade Paperback$13.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 17 Reviews
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Meanwhile, Stella Hughes Kincaid receives word that her estranged brother, Walter, is in a coma at Greenbrier. Griselda and Agnes convince Stella to see him. On her first visit she meets Gilda Saucer who claims to be Walters fiancée. Stella smells a rat and upon further investigation discovers that Walter had recently become a millionaire thanks to the PA state lottery. Stella, Griselda, and pretty much everyone in town jump to the conclusion that Gilda is a gold digger.
Stella and Griselda confront the woman who vehemently denies the accusation and pledges her sincere love for Walter. She is still suspicious, but Stella backs off. When Brights Pond Chief of Police, Mildred Blessing, digs up the news that Stella is married to a two-bit con man, Cliff Cardwell (the pilot) from Binghamton, NY, Gilda and the cute but lying flight instructor are chased from Greenbrier by several cane-wielding Greenbrier residents and Agnes. They are arrested on bunko charges.
Miracles still happen occasionally in Brights Pond; Walter awakens from his coma. He and Stella are reunited, Griselda gives Zeb her answernoand is last seen flying loop-de-loops over Hectors Hill.
After putting her morbidly obese sister, Agnes, in a nursing home in their small town of Bright's Pond, Griselda Sparrow makes plans to enjoy her pending freedom. But things go awry when Griselda's gal-pal Stella Kincaid's long lost brother, Walter, who is in a coma, is transferred to the same nursing home as Agnes. Walter's fiancee, Gilda Saucer, and a strange man with his own private plane show up, and they are constantly trying to arrange things for Gilda to get married to Walter just as soon as he shows any sign of consciousness. Griselda does some investigating and discovers that Walter was a treasure hunter and that it was rumored he was about to make a great discovery when, suddenly, he was seriously injured in an attack on his life, leaving him hospitalized indefinitely. Wanting to bring closure to this crime story is not easy for Griselda when she discovers that she is becoming emotionally attracted to Zeb, the mystery man.
The characters in this novel are well developed, distinctive, and perfect for the roles they play. They become likeable in their small town quirkiness. Although this book espouses Christian virtues and beliefs, it is not religiously obtrusive. The subtlety of living out Christian disciplines is shown here more than preached about, and that makes the story flow well.
Magnin is the author of several short fiction and personal experience articles. Her book, The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, was chosen as one of the "Top 5 Best Christian Fiction Books of 2009" by Library Journal. She is also a frequent workshop leader at various writer's conferences and women's church groups. This latest novel will not disappoint her fans. It is humorous and insightful. Mindy T. Kreilein, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com