Esther's Gift

Esther's Gift

A Mitford Christmas Story

Book - 2002
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Readers flocked home to Mitford last Christmas, making The Mitford Snowmena New York Timesbestseller. 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.
Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 2002
ISBN: 9780670031214
0670031216
Branch Call Number: FIC/KAR 4565 3
Additional Contributors: Nelson, Donna Kae

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freckled2much
Dec 27, 2015

This was alright; I have friends madly in love with Mitford, and since it is near Christmas thought I would try this. I thought the character's interesting, but I didn't love them, and I found their speech somewhat irritating. I think it was supposed to be endearing, but the story wasn't long enough for me to get used to it.

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muffinpopcorn
Feb 21, 2015

Good story , takes about 15 minutes to read tops , but worth the reading. Quite enjoyed it .

abkeller Nov 22, 2012

What a delightful story this was! Esther’s Gift is a lesson to us all. It is not the cost of making and giving things, such as an orange marmalade cake, which matters. What really counts is the joy and warmth your gift brings to the heart.

EmeryS Aug 06, 2011

Overall, I love Jan Karon's novels. But this one was like a short story more than a novel. I read the whole book in literally 11 minutes. I wish it was more meaty.

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