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Mistletoe at Moonglow Paperback – November 20, 2015
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Mist has opened her Moonglow Cafe in the Timberton Hotel in Timberton Montana. She is devoted to the owner Betty and is grateful for a nurturing place to provide food and art and all her love to everyone who comes through their doors.
There are 7 guests arriving for the Christmas holidays. Each of them have stories to tell. The stories bring out Mist's talent for providing an atmosphere that is perfect for whatever is needed.
The townspeople want to spend time at the hotel because of the gifts that Mist and Betty share with the world.
This is a lovely story and it will certainly help the reader feel in the spirit of the season.
I enjoyed reading this story very much.
Mist is somewhat new to the Timberton Hotel, this will be her first Christmas as part of the "family." Her creative flourishes and special talent for knowing what each individual needs adds a seemingly magical environment in which miracles may bloom.
This is a story of friendship and sorrow, of hope and healing. A story about a town that pulls together and makes the community a home for those needing it most. I doubt anyone reading this book will come away without feeling a little better about life.
Mist is a phenomenal chef at the Timberton Hotel. She brings a magical touch to all things at the hotel and takes care of the guests well while working alongside her boss, Betty, whose boyfriend Clive often drops in. After losing her cafe, Betty welcomed her into the hotel and generously set up arrangements for Mist to continue her cooking.
Mist – an out-of-work cafe owner who now resides and works at the Timberton Hotel
Betty – owner of the Timberton Hotel; always doing things to please others and treat them like family
Clive – Betty’s boyfriend; owns his own gem gallery in town
Clara followed, smiling at Mist and apologizing for her casual dress. “I was just about to go to sleep when this young man knocked on my door and invited me to play a game of…I believe he called it “Stupid Fish.” She winked, which struck Mist as incredibly cute coming from an elderly woman.
“Are any of the fish smart, Robert?” Mist asked.
“Maybe,” Robert said, climbing into the chair knees first, an awkward technique typical for his age.
“Is this a secret recipe?”
“There are no secrets in my kitchen,” Mist said. “I believe in sharing food, including recipes, so everyone can enjoy it.”
The Highs and Lows
---Warmth. The entire town and makeup of the characters is all based on family and friendship. The kindness and thoughtfulness that exudes from so many of the characters, along with the delicious eats, just warms the soul. There were some heavy topics characters were facing, and Garner approached them with warmth and friendship.
---Predictable. With a minimalist plot, it was very predictable what would happen next with the different guests at the hotel. The humor and Mist and Betty’s treatment of them helped bring about a level of comfort, but there wasn’t much to speak of in the way of plot development.
Humor and Honesty. If I can appreciate anything from a book, humor and honesty are two of the top things on my list. There was such an innocent and praiseworthy cast of characters with good intentions, and quite a dose of humor sprinkled throughout. It added to the warmth and camaraderie of the hotel staff and guests.
---Disappointment. I was disappointed to not get a lot of background knowledge on the primary cast of characters (Mist, Betty, and Clive) nor any real indication of what lies in their future. It wasn’t until I was done and looking around on Goodreads that I realized this was only a novella. No wonder I didn’t get enough for the plot! Still, it was a beautiful Christmas snapshot at the Timberton Hotel. I just wanted more.
---Mist. The thing I really liked about Mist, and perhaps the thing that made her seem a little ethereal, was the fact that she did not judge anyone. We all may struggle with this from time to time in our lives, but Mist seemed so perfect in this department. Instead of judging, she did all she could think of to improve the mood of others. She has a magical touch!
This is a novella in the middle of a series. While it can be read alone, I think I would have gotten more benefit out of it by reading the entire series. It’s still a cute and warming Christmas read.
The book seems to have a nice theme of healing as each of the guests all have their own personal issues to over come from the lose of a loved one to feeling homesick and even physical healing after a medical issue. I enjoyed reading how each guest helped one another in small ways and the kinship they all had even with the new guests. I was waiting for something to happen, like a freak snow storm or large profession of love or something but nothing happened, it was all happy go lucky which is a nice change from novels that always have something happening in them.