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The Christmas Pearl
by Dorothea Benton Frank

Published: 2007-10-23
Hardcover : 176 pages
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Theodora is the matriarch of a family that has grown into a bunch of truculent knuckleheads. While she's finally gotten them all together in South Carolina to celebrate, this Christmas looks nothing like the extravagant, homey holidays of her childhood.

What happened to the days when ...

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Introduction

Theodora is the matriarch of a family that has grown into a bunch of truculent knuckleheads. While she's finally gotten them all together in South Carolina to celebrate, this Christmas looks nothing like the extravagant, homey holidays of her childhood.

What happened to the days when Christmas meant tables groaning with home-cooked goodies, over-the-top decorations, and long chats in front of the fire with Pearl, her grandmother's beloved housekeeper and closest confidante?

Luckily for Theodora, a special someone who heard her plea for help arrives, with pockets full of enough Gullah magic and common sense to make Theodora's Christmas the love-filled miracle it's meant to be.

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by Beckysbooks (see profile) 02/17/14
We read this book for the same meeting as The Christmas Pearl. Unanimously, it was the preferred story. It takes the reader from tragedy to warmth to acceptance, forgiveness, and hilarity. The characters grow and mostly are loved. Well worth reading. A lot for the group to discuss on many levels.

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by Ljwagoner (see profile) 12/02/18

Just a good southern Christmas story, fun, light and quick for the holidays

 
  "Christmas Pearl"by Beckysbooks (see profile) 02/17/14

Family dysfunction is resolved through the magical return of the patron's nanny. The mysterious lady shows up to be a cook over the holidays and prepares magical recipes to solve the woes o... (read more)

 
  "The Christmas Pearl"by Neyly (see profile) 12/20/11

The best that can be said for this book is that it's short. Still, I had to force myself to finish it. If it had been even 10 pages longer, I would have just quit reading.

 
  "The Christmas Pearl"by mgenduso (see profile) 12/11/10

Didn't really like anything about the book at all.

 
  "The Christmas Pearl"by carollucak (see profile) 11/26/09

People are busy in November so it was a short book but felt it was a good kickoff to the holiday season

 
  "The Christmas Pearl"by janelucken (see profile) 11/18/09

A very warm story about friendship and family and the importance of both in our lives. This was a very good story to read prior to the beginning of the Holiday season. We very much enjoyed the recipes... (read more)

 
  "Brought back wonderful new and old memories of Christmas."by [email protected] (see profile) 01/17/08

We had a bit of nostalgia last night while we met to discuss "The Christmas Pearl." We began by cooking several of the recipes Ms. Frank provided in her book. The food was great! We then reminisced... (read more)

 
  "This book brought back memories of my childhood Christmases when we visited my grandparents in Georgia."by angelynb (see profile) 01/16/08

 
  "The story of a woman in Charleston and how her past affects the present."by donnab1 (see profile) 01/16/08

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