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Christmas in Newfoundland — Memories and Mysteries: A Sgt. Windflower Book (The Sgt. Windflower Mysteries)

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From the author of the award-winning Sgt. Windflower Mysteries comes "Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries," a welcome addition to the Sgt. Windflower family of books.
Christmas in Newfoundland is a special time. In the depths of long winter nights memories are made and stories are told. Of Christmas by candlelight and horse and buggy rides to church. Of shopp
Kindle Edition, 113 pages
Published August 19th 2019 by Ottawa Press and Publishing
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Christmas spirit in Newfoundland!

What can I say. Windflower's Christmas stories are as I expected redolent with that Newfoundland spirit of independence, the joy of simple pleasures and communal eccentricities.
Set in both Grand Bank and St. John's I could easily picture the houses and streets described in St. John's, the areas of the town, the snow, the excitement and traditions of Christmas, and the tragedies.
I loved the illustrations provided by the 'young artists from the Visual Arts Program
Andrea Johnston
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For someone whose family hails from Newfoundland and have lived on "The Rock" for generations upon generations, this novel was so beautifully nostalgic that I found myself smiling throughout the entire time I was reading it. The work is wonderful, warm, and charming as we walk with the author down memory lane to simpler times in one of the most beautiful provinces in Canada. I loved reading about the traditional Newfoundland celebrations and I was immediately transported to St. John's, walking a ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sgt. Windflower remembers Christmases past in this volume. It seemed rather disjointed to me. The author overused "be" verbs, and no editor assisted him in cleaning up the sloppy and dull writing. This was my first and probably last venture into this series. The setting intrigued me, but its brevity is the only reason I did not abandon the read. I received an electronic copy through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review. ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely, Lovely Read.

Oh my - this really is the icing on the cake (or snowy Christmases in Newfoundland) for the Sgt. Windflower Mysteries. If you've not read any, then start at the beginning, they're really good reads.

I adored reading this collection of stories depicting St Johns and Grand Bank over Christmas periods past and present.
Mike Martin paints pictures and creates atmosphere so clearly with his writing and elicits some rather emotional responses to the love and kindnesses shown at this
Jena Henry
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seasons Greetings! If the most wonderful time of the year is getting to be too hectic and stressful for you, then let this charming book transport you 50 years back to Christmas in Grand Banks, Newfoundland.

At Christmas time, Grand Banks was either fogbound, snowbound, or both. In addition to plenty of weather, there was also an abundance of love and goodwill. This series of nostalgic short stories will transport you to a simpler time. You will read about the special “first times” of Christmas,
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Mountie remembers good Christmases in their small town as he was growing up and as an adult in Newfoundland. Good memories of small town Northland with the anticipations of children and the many kindnesses of others. Lifts the spirits and restores a measure of faith in others.
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Books Go Social via NetGalley. Thank you!
Harold Walters
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Christmas in Newfoundland by Mike Martin is a nice and quick holiday read. It consists of 10 short stories that have to do with Christmas, it could be a memory of family traditions from when the author was a child or a story centered around his Sgt. Windflower characters. And in between the stories you will find a picture which was drawn by a member of the Visual Arts Program at Canterbury High School in Ottawa. The pictures really give life to the stories.

There were 2 stories that stuck out to
Stephanie Dagg
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet and touching collection of short stories about Christmas in Newfoundland, past and present. They all illustrate the meaning of Christmas in one way or another and centre around Sergeant Windflower of the Mounties. I can’t help thinking of him as the local Santa Claus.
The cold and wintry settings of the stories contrasts with their warm, rich atmosphere provided by the local community. This is a book to curl up with during the run-up to Christmas, or any time when you want to expe
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
cute short stories with a Christmas theme
A nice way to get to know the people of Grand Banks, Newfoundland. A series of Christmas essays that make you feel like you are visiting the family and friends for the holiday.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The visual loveliness of this book made me love it. I could smell the salt air and feel the bitter cold. The shopping,, the drives around town, the love and simplicity. This beautiful nostalgic book is one to be savored page by page. Loved it!
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is basically a series of short stories. Each chapter can be read as a stand alone tale. This is part of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series set in Canada. Sgt. Windflower is a little older so his memories of St. Johns have buggy rides to church and village wide potluck dinners. As a member of the Mounties he also has some modern stories of saving Christmas with snow mobiles and multi town efforts. I enjoy this series and it was fun seeing some of the regular characters in the Christmas setti ...more
Andra Weis
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it

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hristmas in Newfoundland is the first book by Mike Martin that I have read. Now that I have finished this novella – I ask myself why? I try and support local authors and I have heard of Mike Martin previously but had never picked up a book of his. Well I am glad that I did.

Christmas in Newfoundland reads as a series of one chapter short stories. Stories of long ago Christmas time in Newfoundland. Both from the perspect
Lynn Reynolds
This is a great book to read at this time of year. It’s one that will get you eager to celebrate the holidays. When thinking about the holidays, normally we think about our own family traditions and not necessarily how others may observe their heritage.

The author invites us to participate with the residents of Newfoundland. He made it very easy to feel the cold on my face and the snowflakes landing on my nose. I could also picture myself walking around the town and looking through the storefront
Jamie Jack
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: p-2019, holiday
If you ever wanted to experience Christmas in a different place and/or time, this set of short stories set in Newfoundland around the area of Grand Banks and St. John's will provide both. Some of the short stories take place in the past while others are in the present. Its stories touch on the traditions of the places and are definitely evocative of something completely different. Each story shows what Christmas meant or means to a particular person at a particular time. These are not grand stor ...more
Denise Zendel
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet, slow stroll through Christmases past in Grand Bank, Newfoundland, with a mix of stories involving Sgt. Winston Windflower and his friends and family, interspersed with what I presume are the author’s own memories of long-ago Christmases. It provides a good introduction to Sgt. Windflower, a Cree Indian member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, his co-workers, his love, Sheila Hillier, and the regulars that make appearances in the Sgt. Windflower Mysteries. (An excellent serie ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday
"A Coke was a dime, a bag of chips five cents..."

Can you imagine heading down to the nearest convenience store and paying those prices? Mike Martin takes us way back to a time when Christmas was quite different but just as surreal and exciting as it is today.

I enjoyed reading the short Christmas stories in his collection of Christmas in Newfoundland. I loved reading the simpleness and cheer and of actually going to bed and dreaming of Santa coming. Alot of kids today have lost that magic and exp
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This cozy, heartwarming collection of 11 stories in the award-winning The Sgt. Windflower Mysteries series provides glimpses into fond memories and delightful mysteries of Sgt. Windflower and other familiar characters from the series.

“A Brother for Christmas” is a heartwarming tale of an older brother’s realization of love and acceptance while in “Tizzard’s Christmas,” a story set against an old family tragedy, Eddie Tizzard finds both hope and love while struggling with his temporary disabilit
Sara Strand
Do you love small town reads with a little mystery thrown in? You just might enjoy this one. The bonus is its a story that brings you to Christmas of the past, complete with mystery that keeps you guessing. I haven't read any of the other Sgt. Windflower books but it's totally fine, you won't feel out of step, but if you have read others, I think you're going to enjoy getting a new look into what I think are the usual characters.

The book has an interesting writing style, it feels more like a st
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was honestly not sure what this book would bring. I have never read Mike Martin or about Sargent Windflower. I was pleasantly surprised. This book is so fun and nostalgic. This tells stories of winter and Christmas. Set in Canada, these stories brought back wonderful memories of times when life wasn't so fast paced. The author paints such vivid pictures that the reader only has to close their eyes to feel and see the story. Christmas time is a favorite of mine. However, in recent years it has ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christmas is the season that gives you all those good vibes — but it’s fun to add a little mystery, too! This is a first of the Sgt. Windflower books for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. When I look at the world around me, it’s not hard to see how overly-complicated our holiday season has become. I enjoyed how the reader is transported back to a time when we indulged in the “little” things of the season — the love for our families, light displays, and hope for all of the blessings life has to off ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed looking back at Christmases past, when things as simple as taking a bus ride to check out all the local Christmas lights on display or walking down a massive, ice-encrusted hill with your mum to go Christmas shopping were a necessary prelude to the big day. It was lovely to catch up with some of the well-loved characters from the books but see them in a new light, taking a glimpse at their childhood lives in Grand Bank. Sgt Windflower still holds these same values deep in his he ...more
Jimmy Jefferson
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stories if Christmas, the struggles and the joys

Christmas in Newfoundland is a collection of memories of Christmas and the struggles and joys of the celebration. I love the holiday season and always enjoy reading a good story about my favorite holiday. Sgt. Windflower is a strong character who is relatable and can take a problem in hand and find a solution. When snow comes in by the foot and the prospect of a Christmas celebration looks dim, he comes up with a plan to get the things needed from
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely gentle read, painting a picture of Christmasses in Newfoundland back in the fifties and sixties, juxtaposed with stories set in modern times. The stories are self-contained, although the policeman Winston Windflower does appear in all the modern tales. They are well chosen, and are an easy and entertaining read to get you in the mood for real Christmasses - with snow, children, and hope.

Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for allowing me access to the ARC in exchange for an honest
Feel good book!

I loved the stories in this book, i can’t wait to reread them closer to winter time to get into the winter holiday vibes. The stories are nice and some are mysterious and some made me smile. I really enjoyed this book, there’s a lot of cool things I read in here and I felt really happy after finishing it. Not a lot of books are special enough to do that nowadays.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Dive deeper into the life of Sgt. Windflower in this seasonal book. "Christmas in Newfoundland" is filled with short stories that all relate to Christmas present and past. Sgt. Windflower is a likable character and genuinely enjoys small town life as the holiday comes alive to him, his family and several neighbors. I found the book to be lighthearted and fun to read, even though I haven't read any other books in this series.
Darlene Messenger
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Netgalley for review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Set in Newfoundland, Canada; this book hits all the marks for cozy mystery and memoir. The author is seem less in the transition between his childhood memories and the sweet mystery. Interspersed are beautiful line drawings of scenes from St. John, Newfoundland that only add to the uniqueness of this Christmas seasonal read.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I started this book after having read an article about the return of the Mummer tradition on Newfoundland.
This book is sweet and make you wish to be there with the lovely cast of characters.
I think it's well written and engrossing, and entertaining read that kept me hooked.
I will keep track of this author because I want to read other works by him.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Cheryl Malandrinos
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Though I often think of these kinds of stories taking place in small town America, Grand Bank is just as charming. Not knowing much about the area, Christmas in Newfoundland gives readers a snapshot of what to expect in this quiet town by the Atlantic.

I first met Sgt. Windflower in The Walker on the Cape and was happy to be reintroduced to him with this seasonal collection of stories.

If you like small town stories with a cozy feel, Christmas in Newfoundland is a good title to indulge in.
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