Book Reviews of The Christmas Pearl

The Christmas Pearl
The Christmas Pearl
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
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ISBN-13: 9780061438448
ISBN-10: 0061438448
Publication Date: 11/1/2007
Pages: 176
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 37 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Hardcover
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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 home-cooked goodies, the over-the-top decorations, those long, lovely fireside chats with Pearl, her grandmother's beloved housekeeper and closest confidante. These days, where is the love and the joy . . . and the peace?
But this is, after all, a magical time. Someone very special has heard Theodora's pleaand is about to arrive at her door with pockets full of Gullah magic and enough common sense to transform this Christmas into the miracle it's truly meant to be.

What a pure delight to read! And, good for the whole year through! Wonderful to read besides just at Christmas just for a lot of happiness --- such a short read also with miracles abiding throughout the whole story! A THIRD of the book is really good old fashion recipes and many will remember and delight in from the past and for today! Any person who has a heart has to enjoy this book!
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A feel-good Christmas story that is appropriate all year long!
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This book is a heart-warming Christmas story. Buy it for your mom or grandmother.
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A charming, heartwarming tale of a family matriarch who despairs over the sad state her family is in. Only a Christmas miracle can turn a group of "truculent knuckleheads" around to see what's important in life. Lovely read for the holiday season or any time of year!
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This book was heart warming and humorous. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Dorothea Benton Frank is a marvelous author and worth a try if you're looking for a new author.
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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 home-cooked goodies, the over-the-top decorations, those long, lovely fireside chats with Pearl, her grandmother's beloved housekeeper and closest confidante.

These days, where is the love and the joy . . . and the peace?

But this is, after all, a magical time. Someone very special has heard Theodora's pleaand is about to arrive at her door with pockets full of Gullah magic and enough common sense to transform this Christmas into the miracle it's truly meant to be.


The audio is 3.5 hours so I listened to the book while out one day and had to sit in the car in the garage to finish. I had to know what happened.

For a short audio it was perfect to lift up my day and the story was so great.
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This is an excellent book. If you like Franks other books you will like this one!
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I have all of her books. She does such a great job with each book. She is a true southern writer.
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This is a fast read although it is a sad one.
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Nice, light reading and recipes to boot.
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Enjoyable story. Thought-provoking, but not heavy reading...just right for the holidays. If you like Dorothea Benton Frank, you won't be disappointed with this holiday novel. It was funny, mystical, and filled with southern charm.
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This is truly a wonderful Christmas story.
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An enjoyable quick Christmas read. One of those books that has someone from your past that you'd love to share another Christmas with, if only possible.
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Synopsis

Theodora is the matriarch of a family that has grown into a bunch of truculent knuckleheads. While she's finally gotten them all together in South Carolina to celebrate, this Christmas looks nothing like the extravagant, homey holidays of her childhood.

What happened to the days when Christmas meant tables groaning with home-cooked goodies, over-the-top decorations, and long chats in front of the fire with Pearl, her grandmother's beloved housekeeper and closest confidante?

Luckily for Theodora, a special someone who heard her plea for help arrives, with pockets full of enough Gullah magic and common sense to make Theodora's Christmas the love-filled miracle it's meant to be.

With her truculent family gathered at her stately Charleston mansion for Christmas, 93-year-old matriarch Theodora is having a hard time tolerating the lot of them. Theodora hankers for her 1920s childhood, when Pearl, the family's stern black maid, enforced strict houshold discipline and took no guff while working hard at Christmas, all the while singing gospel favorites such as "Come en Go wid Me." When Theodora's usual maid is called away, Pearl herself (as a ghost) blows in, ready to set the house in order, She unearths the antique crèche and other Christmas heirlooms long buried, and altering the family's general bad temper. Frank (The Land of Mango Sunsets) includes homegrown recipes that further sweeten this Lowcountry holiday confection.
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A 93-year old women is watching her family grow into unpleasant people. She wishes for an Old Fashion Christmas reminiscent of her childhood. Her desire comes to life with the arrival of a temporary replacement when her housekeeper is unexpectedly called away for a family crisis.

If only we could really have miracles like this occur. Well maybe sometimes they do.
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great read recipes are good to
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Delightful. I really didn't expect this story line. Goodness, I really enjoyed it. Hope you do too.
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Love Holiday stories
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I have been devouring all her books lately. This book was not like the rest!I didn't think I'd like it part way through it, but it finished up in an interestering story. Just a quirky kind of Low-Country tale, I guess.
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Synopsis

Theodora is the matriarch of a family that has grown into a bunch of truculent knuckleheads. While she's finally gotten them all together in South Carolina to celebrate, this Christmas looks nothing like the extravagant, homey holidays of her childhood.

What happened to the days when Christmas meant tables groaning with home-cooked goodies, over-the-top decorations, and long chats in front of the fire with Pearl, her grandmother's beloved housekeeper and closest confidante?

Luckily for Theodora, a special someone who heard her plea for help arrives, with pockets full of enough Gullah magic and common sense to make Theodora's Christmas the love-filled miracle it's meant to be.

With her truculent family gathered at her stately Charleston mansion for Christmas, 93-year-old matriarch Theodora is having a hard time tolerating the lot of them. Theodora hankers for her 1920s childhood, when Pearl, the family's stern black maid, enforced strict houshold discipline and took no guff while working hard at Christmas, all the while singing gospel favorites such as "Come en Go wid Me." When Theodora's usual maid is called away, Pearl herself (as a ghost) blows in, ready to set the house in order, She unearths the antique crèche and other Christmas heirlooms long buried, and altering the family's general bad temper. Frank (The Land of Mango Sunsets) includes homegrown recipes that further sweeten this Lowcountry holiday confection.