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Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Blue and Gray Christmas; Merry Merry Ghost and A Body In The Sleigh - Final Three Reviews for 25 Day of Christmas Book Reviews!

Well, here it is – Christmas Eve! And the final day for the Christmas Book Review Roundup! I hope you all enjoyed my selections for Christmas Reading and found a few that might interest you! I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the different varieties of holiday selections this year!

As I write this, it is snowing in North Texas – a rare occurrence, and an almost never-heard of one for Christmas! (3 inches and still coming down at this writing!!) We are having an actual White Christmas! I have my cup of Peppermint Mocha coffee steaming next to me, a fire in the fireplace, the tree lit, and pies a’baking in the oven! Contented as a cat!!!
(The view from my house!)

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy Happy New Year! I’ll probably be taking a bit of a break now, but will hit the New Year with new ideas, new books, and new fun to come! (I will be posting my Top Ten Books of 2009 before New Years!)

Here are my final three Christmas book reviews – bringing me to a grand total of 27 Christmas Book Reviews!


A Blue And Gray Christmas by Joan Medlicott


When a rusty old tin box is unearthed at the Covington Homestead, longtime housemates Grace, Amelia, and Hannah discover that it contains letters and diaries written by two Civil War soldiers, one Union and one Confederate.

The friends are captivated by the drama revealed. The soldiers were found dying on a nearby battlefield by an old woman. She nursed them back to health, hiding them from bounty hunters seeking deserters. At the end of the war the men chose to stay in Covington, caring for their rescuer as she grew frail. But while their lives were rich, they still felt homesick and guilty for never contacting the families they'd left behind.

Christmas is coming, and the letters inspire Amelia with a generous impulse. What if she and her friends were to find the two soldiers' descendants and invite them to Covington to meet? What better holiday gift could there be than the truth about these two heroic men and their dramatic shared fate? With little time left, the ladies spring into action to track down the men's families in Connecticut and the Carolinas, and to make preparations in Covington for their most memorable, most historic Christmas yet.

My Thoughts: I haven’t read the other “Covington Ladies” books by Medlicott, but was charmed by this Christmas story! I was intrigued by the soldier’s stories, but found the dramas the ladies were constantly undergoing a little distracting. Over all, a sweet holiday story!

Merry Merry Ghost by Carolyn Hart

Being dead can't put a damper on spirited, holiday-loving Bailey Ruth Raeburn.

Christmas is a time for family and giving, and a wealthy woman in Adelaide, Oklahoma, is about to embrace both. Discovering that she has a young grandson, the dowager decides to change her will to leave the bulk of her fortune to the young boy—an alteration that stuns the rest of her family. But a scrooge of a determined heir makes sure she never signs the new document. When she is found dead, it's up to that irrepressible spirit Bailey Ruth, on assignment from Wiggins and Heaven's Department of Good Intentions, to protect a little boy, foil a murderer, and save Christmas.

There's only one teeny hitch: how can Bailey Ruth figure out which family member was desperate enough to kill when everyone has a motive?

My Thoughts: Why have I not run across Carolyn Hart before? What a totally amazing, fun, delightful story! I laughed my head off reading this book!

Hart has written over 40 mysteries, but the “Bailey Ruth” stories are a fairly new series, with “Merry Merry Ghost” being the 2nd in the series. I will be a loyal fan from now on!!!

The Body In The Sleigh by Katherine Hall Page

It's Christmastime, and the Fairchild family is spending the holidays on idyllic Sanpere Island in Maine while the Reverend Thomas Fairchild recuperates from surgery. His caterer wife, Faith, is rejoicing in the rare, holiday family-time together—watching ice boaters, snowshoeing, and doing plenty of reading in front of the fire.

But Faith's high spirits are dampened when she discovers the body of a young woman in an antique sleigh in front of the Sanpere Historical Society. The victim, Norah, was a teenage drug addict who apparently died by her own hand. Beloved by many, her untimely death rocks the isolated, tight-knit island community.

Meanwhile, Mary Bethany, a local spinster who raises goats, happens upon a newborn baby boy lying in the manger of her barn on Christmas Eve. The only clues to his identity are a note in the basket asking her to take care of him, as well as an alarming amount of cash.

As Faith helps Mary locate the baby's mother, she soon finds that the truth behind the abandonment is connected to Norah's last days—and that, just as death and life are intertwined on Sanpere, so are evil and redemptive goodness.

My Thoughts: Another new delightful mystery series that I am enjoying immensely!


Janel said...

Happy Holidays, Sharon! I've enjoyed all of the wonderful reviews this month.

I think you have more snow than we do right now. Here in central Michigan we are expecting rain tonight!

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thanks Janel!
It's still coming down here...supposed to get a foot of snow! WOW!
Merry Christmas to you too, my friend!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Amazing! Crazy weather we're having. Have a Merry Christmas, Sharon!

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Miss Remmers said...

Happy Christmas Sharon!!!

Jennifer said...

Merry Christmas Sharon! Send some snow this way (I live north and east of you) and we do not have any snow. Please enjoy the snow for me. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Merry Merry Ghost looks like it would be good! I read Blue and Gray Christmas as well and I did enjoy it!

Merry Christmas Sharon! Looks like you have been hit with a ton of snow as well... we are in a winter storm warning here :)