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Esther's Gift: A Mitford Christmas Story (Christmas in Mitford Gift)by Jan Karon
Synopses & Reviews
Readers flocked home to Mitford last Christmas, making The Mitford Snowmen a New York Times bestseller.
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.
"Christmases are very kind to Jan Karon. On the heels of last year's Mitford Snowmen, Karon gives us another heart-warming tale that reveals the true meaning of the holiday season. The tale begins as Esther Bolick contemplates the annual ritual of baking her famous orange marmalade cakes for her friends. But when her husband begins calculating the value of each finished baked product, the Bolicks admit that maybe they are being too generous. To say any more of the conflict and resolution in Esther's Gift the reviewer would risk exceeding the length of Jan Karon's book! Like the other Mitford 'novels,' Esther's Gift is a very short book. Thankfully, Karon adds a little tasty tidbit at the end with the inclusion of the recipe for the famous Orange Marmalade Layer Cake. Baking the cake takes far more time than readers will spend reading this Christmas tale." Reviewed by Robert S. Rust, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)
While Esther Bolick had planned on making her legendary orange marmalade cakes, she decides it's not worth the cost to spend so much money on people who haven't always measured up to her expectations. The lyrics of a Christmas carol help remind her of the true purpose of a gift.
About the Author
Jan Karon writes to "give readers an extended family and to applaud the extraordinary beauty of ordinary lives."
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