Saturday, December 5, 2009
The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank - Southern Christmas traditions at their Carolina best!
This time of year, my mind is a'whirl with all the things still left to do - presents to wrap, packages to get ready to mail, cookies to bake, cards to address..and on, and on, and on. And for me, most of the time these thoughts visit me in the wee hours of the morning, when most sane people are sleeping. To try to go back to sleep, I usually turn the lights on and grab a book from my teetering stack by the bed and read a while. And one of the sweetest books I've read so far for this Christmas Book challenge I've set for myself is "The Christmas Pearl" by Dorothea Benton Frank.
When you think of Dorothea Benton Frank’s novels, images of the sweet Carolina Low Country drift to mind, a land where Southern traditions never die.And no where on earth is Christmas done up bigger than in the South.
In her holiday offering, “The Christmas Pearl,” Frank gifts her readers with a warm, delightful story of Christmas “like it ought to be.”93 year old Theodora Bryson longs for the traditional holiday celebrations of her youth, a time when her mother, grandmother, and their Gullah housekeeper Pearl would deck every hall, nook and cranny of the stately family home. But now days, Theodora’s children and grandchildren aren’t interested in any of the old family traditions. They think their grandmother’s old-fashioned ways are…well, old-fashioned.
Theodora pleads for help and prays for guidance, and to her surprise, who should walk in the door on Christmas Eve but Pearl herself. She has come to save Christmas, never mind the fact that she’s been dead for many, many years.
“The Christmas Pearl” is a delightfully funny tale that is just perfect for holiday season. Filled with wonderful antique photos, and delicious Southern recipes, this slender book will be ideal for sharing with friends, or slipping in someone’s stocking.