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The Christmas Pearl Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 23, 2007
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About the Author
Bestselling author DOROTHEA BENTON FRANK was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She and her husband divide their time between South Carolina and New Jersey. Please visit her website at www.dotfrank.com and join her on Facebook.
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Thus the disgruntled family invades Theodora's Charleston home, but the gala is not anything like what she remembers as the stores do the baking (pre-packaged fruitcake is heresy) and the decorations come in packages instead of the family making them. Even more significant is where is Pearl, her grandmother's long deceased housekeeper, to serve as a drill sergeant making the truculent attendees behave and sing carols while the servant sang gospels? This is Christmas so sometimes a bit of magic is needed, this time Gullah magic, occurs. The ghost of Pearl arrives to bring order to the chaotic troops and Theodora takes out family Yuletide heirlooms hoping to bring good cheer to this distempered group.
THE CHRISTMAS PEARL is a lighthearted whimsical holiday family drama that fans of Dorothea Benton Frank's Lowcountry tales will appreciate. The novella stars an interesting elderly person who believes her family fails to understand what Christmas means and also wants nostalgically to catch a little of her past. With mouth watering recipes to round out the tale, readers will enjoy this fun holiday tale.
It will take a visit from Heaven to restore this family's well-being and make them understand the true meaning of peace on earth, good will toward all. And a visit from Heaven, with lots of Gullah magic thrown in, is exactly what Dot Frank gives her readers. You'll slip easily into the Christmas spirit as the heavenly Pearl turns the dismal house into a holiday wonderland and you'll pick up loads of ideas for decorating yourself. Did you know that corn oil is the best way to make magnolia leaves shine or that soaking rope overnight is the key to a gorgeous garland? One word of caution: this book will make you ravenous for holiday goodies. I became exceedingly hungry while reading this in the car as we headed to my mother-in-law's for a pre-Christmas visit. I was glad to find fifteen delicious recipes at the end of the story, all the favorites Theodora's family was able to enjoy. Everything from the she-crab soup and cheese straws to mint juleps, glazed and fruited ham, and more is there in easy-to-follow recipes. So pour yourself a cup of Christmas cheer and curl up with this delightful fantasy and make a wish for your own Christmas Pearl.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an utterly charming story about one family who has gotten off-track about the meaning of family and of Christmas. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Bluebird
A story go help you realize how special the Christmas Season is. A story of strong women and iseals.Published 1 month ago by Sharon Braaten
I enjoy all of Dorothea Benton Frank's books. The Christmas Pearl did not disappoint.Published 1 month ago by Piper Janes
Good story. I have read other books by this author and she does not disappoint.Published 1 month ago by L. Taylor
I think this may be a good book if I can ever bring myself to finish it! It reads so slowly that I often put it down and forget to go back to it.Published 1 month ago by misstbooks
A sweet family story with a little "extra" ordinary characters. Lots of fun to read and savor!Published 1 month ago by debshurst
If you like to read a story that is full of old time traditions versus new ideas, this is a book worth reading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joan McArthur
This story causes one to stop and reflect on their present way of living and how they're relating to the true meaning of Christmas. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pat