Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Blame it on the Mistletoe - 4th in the Bright's Pond series
Author: Joyce Magnin
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Release Date: October 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: Present day/Bright’s Pond
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None/Negligible
Joyce's Website/Blog: www.joycemagnin.com
Bright’s Pond has always been one of these locales that every reader would like to visit. The neighbors are nice, the community is fun and, quite honestly, it’s Paradise on Earth. However, in this novel, Bright’s Pond seems to have something odd happening inside of the ‘city limits’ that no one can figure out.
To catch everyone up, Griselda lives in her family’s home which was once the Sparrow Funeral Home - where she and her sister grew up. Her Dad, the funeral director, and mom, are gone now, and Griselda lives in the Home alone. The reason? Because in the last novel she had to place her own sister into the Nursing Home because her weight had skyrocketed to seven hundred pounds and she could barely move. Griselda needed her sister to have some sort of chance, and a way for her to lose weight. Agnes is a little bent out of shape about this. However, what she finds even more strange is the fact that everyone in the nursing home seems to suddenly be acting like children.
When Griselda comes to visit Agnes, Agnes shows her the "seniors" who are outside kissing in the gazebo like teenage lovers, shimmying up trees, and even riding red tricycles down the nursing home hallways. Griselda wonders what’s going on, as well. Could it just be the ever-approaching holidays and everyone is simply in a "Christmas-y" mood?
Soon, a man is spoken about who has built a fountain inside a trailer park which is making people feel young again, and he is also the builder of the gazebo on the Nursing Home grounds. Could this man be some kind of magical fairy who has brought youth back to Bright’s Pond? It seems that this strange builder’s name is Leon Fontaine (Ponce de Leon?) who seems to have built the Fountain of Youth.
As Griselda and Chief of Police, Mildred Blessing get together to solve the mystery of this "vanishing" little man, everything in Bright’s Pond seems to go haywire. From the odd-acting seniors to a luau Thanksgiving dinner; from a Christmas pageant to Griselda trying her best to decide if she should marry her long-time boyfriend, or the hunky pilot who is giving her flying lessons - Bright’s Pond becomes a place of sheer fun, enjoyment, laughter, and mystery. As always, Bright’s Pond is the ultimate place to be! Enjoy!
Until next time,
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