Charming little Mitford book.
A very cute short story about the blessings of giving. Excellent as are Jan Karon's other Mitford stories.
In Esther's Gift, Esther Bolick is filled with the holiday spirit as she prepares to bake the annual batch of her famous-and utterly scrumptious-orange marmalade cakes. Right after Christmas Eve service at Lord's Chapel, she and Gene will deliver a two-layer marmalade to each of seven friends and neighbors, all of them favorite Mitford characters. Then Gene calculates what it costs to bake this legendary cake, and Esther is stunned. Is it worth it to spend so much money on people who haven't always measured up to her expectations? The answer is clear. She'll cut her list back-way back.
This decision makes perfect sense until the lyrics of a Christmas carol steal into her heart, and help remind her what a gift really means.
This is a fun little book and includes the recipe for Esther's Orange Marmalade Cake. I made the cake as a treat when our book club reviewed this book and everyone loved it. A short read and is a shot in the arm for anyone needing a little Christmas spirit. I loved all the Mitford books and this is a great addition to the series. A perfect gift or Stocking Stuffer.
I enjoy all books by Jan Karon. This one is simple to read but complete in detail for the people of Mitford. I read this because it was written for the Christmas season.