Today I am reviewing Blame it on the Mistletoe — by Joyce Magnin.
Here’s a brief synopsis:
Is There Really a Fountain of Youth in Paradise?
Welcome back to Bright’s Pond, where strange happenings are afoot at the Greenbrier Nursing Home.
Strange even for Bright’s Pond. The residents suddenly act like kids again riding trikes, climbing trees, and of all things falling in love.
Some of the townsfolk blame it on the crooked new gazebo, or its builder, a quirky little man who quotes Don Quixote, collects water from the fountain at the Paradise trailer park, and disappears on a regular basis.
While Chief of Police Mildred Blessing investigates the mystery, Griselda and her friends deal with a luau Thanksgiving, preparations for the Christmas pageant, and maybe even an upcoming wedding. Only, in Bright’s Pond, nothing ever really goes as planned . . .
If you enjoy colorful characters… with a surprise around every corner… you will love Blame it on the Mistletoe!
I was expecting a sappy Christmas romance; instead I got a story that centers around Christmas (but it does have a few sappy moments).
Griselda Sparrow puts everyone else’s needs above her own, but Zeb Sewickey has his own plans for Grizzy, as he affectionately calls her. Zeb is finally ready to pop the question, but every time he does, he keeps getting the wrong answer!
I love that even though Griselda and Zeb have been dating on and off for almost twenty years, they have never taken their relationship farther than they should have, as they are both a bit nervous about the honeymoon.
This is the way it’s supposed to be. I applaud Ms. Magnin for writing a funny, interesting novel with no swear words or inappropriate relations. It is refreshing to pick up a novel without being blasted with foul language and lewd behavior. Thank you, Joyce.
Although this story was not particularly one that I would have chosen to read, I was so intrigued (and amused) that I just had to keep going… and I am glad I did.
God Bless You!
Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt