The Christmas Pearl
Still spry at ninety-three, Theodora has lived long enough to see her family grow into an insufferable bunch of truculent knuckleheads. Having finally gathered the whole bickering brood together for the holidays at her South Carolina home, the grand matriarch pines wistfully for those extravagant, homey Christmases of her childhood. How she misses the tables groaning with...more
The main character Theodora, 93 yrs. old, yearns for days gone by when Christmas was home cooked meals, a beautiful creche, a real tree decorated with hand made ornaments, yummy cookies, and the belief that anything, "anything" at all was possible. Theodora is to spend this Christmas with ...more
The fantasy was not the 'Christmas miracle'...the fantasy is that the family's black cook and housekeeper, who had spent her life serving her employers, would need to 'earn her wings' some 80 years after her death by coming back and doing more cooking and cleaning. It never occurs to the 93 year old narrator, or the author, apparently, that Pearl would have family or loved ones of her own who ...more
November 26 2018
I have to confess--I adore Christmas stories. All kinds. And I can read them throughout the whole year. But I also have a love/hate relationship with Dorothea Benton Franks books. So last year, after looking at this book for a wh ...more
A charming book full of forgiveness, restoration, and Christmas magic.
2 stars rounded up because of the festive recipes at the end of the book for mint julep, cheese straws, sands, rum balls, etc. I might even try some this year.
When the family cook has an emergency in her own family, she calls is a substitute to cover Christmas Eve and Christmas ...more
A short and heartwarming story for the season. Set in the low country of South Carolina Theodora longs for the Christmas of past when preparation, family and food took precedence. Thorough future generations her family has grown and started their own tacky holiday celebrations that frustrate the elderly women. The book starts out nostalgic on 12/23. Then Christmas Eve starts off like the old days with the arrival of her former maid angelic Pearl whose magical gifts transform the house and festiv ...more
Wonderful, so detailed in descriptions I could smell and taste and see all the Christmas preparations and meals. The story was fun and something that I would like to see happen in a lot of families. I especially liked the idea that our loved ones that shaved died are only a thought away. Great book.
A disfunctional family spends two days together at Christmas. At first they are at each other's throats - as so many other families would be when getting ready for thenig day, then magic fills the air and slowly but surely they find peace, love, harmony and respect for each other.
I adored this little book. I love a bit of magica ...more
I read this book in one sitting. I started right after lunch, and ate my supper with the book in one hand. Just did NOT want to put it down!
Theodora is the ninety-three year old matriarch in her family, living in Charleston, South Carolina and she is thoroughly disgusted by her children's lack of attention towards her family home. It's the holidays so her grandchildren and her great-grandchil ...more
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