Blame It on the Mistletoe (Bright's Pond Series) [NOOK Book]

Blame It on the Mistletoe (Bright's Pond Series)

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Overview

Is There Really a Fountain of Youth in Paradise? 



Welcome back to Bright’s Pond, where strange happenings are afoot at the Greenbrier Nursing Home.



The folks have suddenly grown younger, happier, and even a bit friskier thanks to Leon Fontaine, the newest Paradise Trailer Park resident. But Mildred Blessing is suspicious and sets out to investigate while the wedding to end all weddings is being planned.



Only, in Bright’s Pond, nothing ever really goes as planned . . .



"What's better than Bright's Pond? Bright's Pond at Christmas time. Magnin hasn't just created characters--she's created friends you'll love spending time with. You'll love every page of this quirky delight, and when that last chapter is read, you'll be ready for more of Griselda and the rest of the Bright's Pond residents." - Jenny B. Jones, Award-winning author of romantic comedies such as" Save the Date" and A Charmed Life series

"The queen of quirk does it again. With her signature wit and charm and penchant for surprise, Joyce Magnin takes us on a leisurely read through Bright's Pond, where uncannily loveable chaeracters reside -- God in the midst of them. I want to move there." - Nancy Rue, author of The Reluctant Prophet



"Creative and fun, a visit to Bright 's Pond for the Holidays is just what the doctor ordered. Who can resist spry octogenarians in hot pursuit of the Fountain of Youth or romance in trouble But it is the endearing thread of love and sympathy that runs through the characters that makes readers return." - Cathy Gohlke, Christy Award winning author of William Henry is a Fine Name and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Welcome back to Bright's Pond, where the Greenbrier Nursing Home residents are acting a might bit sprier lately, riding bikes and climbing trees. The folks in town aren't exactly happy about this development. What is causing this change in behavior? Is it Paradise Trailer Park's newest resident, Leon Fontaine? After all, he keeps collecting water from the park's fountain and then disappearing. Is it possible he's found the Fountain of Youth? Police Chief Mildred Blessing investigates, while Griselda Sparrow and her gang deal with the holiday craziness at Greenbrier. VERDICT Magnin's fourth upbeat and humorous novel (after Griselda Takes Flight) will be gobbled up by series fans, but it should also be recommended to readers of J. Lynne Hinton's "Hope Springs" series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426736582
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: A Novel of Bright's Pond
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 428,676
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Joyce Magnin is the author of several books, including The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, named one of the "Top 5 Best Christian Fiction Books of 2009" by Library Journal. Her short fiction pieces and articles have been published in such magazines as Relief Journal, Parents Express, Sunday Digest, and Highlights for Children. A member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship, Joyce is a frequent workshop leader at various writer’s conferences and women’s church groups. She has three children and one grandson, and is mom to a neurotic parakeet who lives with her in Havertown, Pennsylvania.
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  • Posted May 1, 2012

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    I found this author by accident and I am delighted to have read

    I found this author by accident and I am delighted to have read several of her books. I thought this book was good and tied all the characters in - however, I do wish I had read Griselda takes flight first - then the story would have tied together more neatly. Overall, I thought it was filled with fun, humor and was an easy read. The residents of Bright's Pond suffer the same issues as everyone - many are noisy, settled, exploring, and discovering that their life is all they want it to be. I think this book and series are delightful and am looking forward to reading more.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Great book in series

    If you have followed the series then you will enjoy this book very much; the characters have grown on you. I think it was the best book in the series. If you have not read the previous books in the series then the characters may exasperate you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    Cheesy, Boring, Glad it was Free

    This is absolutely the worst book I have read in several years. Cheesy, immature characters, storyline was all over the place, not to mention the grammar and punctuation was horrible. Extremely difficult to get into. I can't believe this has such great reviews; I MADE myself finish the book thinking it would get better, no such luck! Glad it was free so I didn't waste my money like my time.

    My Review: HORRIBLE, NOT WORTH THE TIME.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    Borrrring

    I very seldom don't finish a book I've started but, sad to say, this was one of them. I made it through several (about 5) chapters before I called it quits. In fact, I completely erased it from my Nook.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Likeable Characters

    Humorous. Good story, but somewhat abrupt ending.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    The residents at the Greenbrier Nursing Home have been acting st

    The residents at the Greenbrier Nursing Home have been acting strangely. The residents are suddenly riding tricycles, finding themselves caught under the mistletoe and even needing the police to end a scuffle. Top it all off with a suspicious police woman named Mildred as well as an unusual Hawaiian Thanksgiving dinner…things are about to get crazy!!

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
    Joyce Magin provides the reader with a light-hearted novel that is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. Put out your stocking, deck the halls, sip your hot chocolate and hang the mistletoe because you will be ready for the Christmas season after reading this book! You will find yourself chuckling as you turn the pages of this novel…who couldn’t giggle when reading about the crazy residents that have found a little spunk around the Christmas Season! (Be sure to also check out the other books which are part of the Bright’s Pond series.)

    MY RATING:
    4 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of Blame it on the Mistletoe from Abingdon Press for my honest review*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

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    Delightful Read in a Wonderful Series!!!

    "Blame it on the Mistletoe" is a delightful book that begins the week before Thanksgiving and continues on through the Christmas holidays. Readers of the previous books in the series will not be disappointed, as this one brings all the quirky characters we love together. The residents of the Greenbrier Nursing Home seem to have found the fountain of youth, Griselda is still struggling to make up her mind about marriage, and as the holidays quickly approach, there's no telling what can happen in Bright's Pond! I am a huge fan of this series. These eccentric and zany characters have become my friends and I surely hope there are more Bright's Pond escapades awaiting us in the future!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    Blame It On The Mistletoe Joyce Magnin Book Summary: Is There R

    Blame It On The Mistletoe
    Joyce Magnin

    Book Summary: Is There Really a Fountain of Youth in Paradise? Welcome back to Bright's Pond, where strange happenings are afoot at the Greenbrier Nursing Home. Strange even for Bright's Pond. The residents suddenly act like kids again riding trikes, climbing trees, and of all things falling in love. Some of the townsfolk blame it on the crooked new gazebo, or its builder, a quirky little man who quotes Don Quixote, collects water from the fountain at the Paradise trailer park, and disappears on a regular basis. While Chief of Police Mildred Blessing investigates the mystery, Griselda and her friends deal with a luau Thanksgiving, preparations for the Christmas pageant, and maybe even an upcoming wedding. Only, in Bright 's Pond, nothing ever really goes as planned . . .
    Review: Filled with loveable quirky characters that take on a life of their own throughout the story interwoven into that is characters from other books written by the author. This is a story about people who are given a second chance at life to do things and act without the adult perspective heightened self-awareness. It did take some time to get used to a book about older people. I did enjoy the realness of interaction between the two sisters and the giving of self in visiting people that are unable to get up and go on their own. While slow moving at the start it was worth wading through all the ‘getting to know you’ phase to dig into the mystery of why did all these people seem to be getting more youthful.
    I would like to thank Net Galley and Abingdon Press for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    !('-')/

    Kinda hard to get in to '-' I read the book 2 times and finaly I under stood 8D

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

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    A wonderful Christmas Story you'll love and adore!

    The elderly residents of Greenbrier's Nursing Home are simply up to no good! No good in the eyes of the residents of Bright Pond that is. Now that Hattie Grace who is almost ninety years old is now riding a tricyle like a three year old, and another couple is kissing like teenagers under the newly built gazebo on the property. Just what is really going on?

    As Police Chief Mildred Blessing attempts to investigate all the angles on this strange dilemma, along with the nursing home doctor, they believe that someone is putting something in the food or water that the nursing home residents are drinking. Ever since Leon Fontaine has come to town and begin building things around Bright Pond, the residents here, are now acting a whole lot stranger than normal.

    In the novel, Blame It On Mistletoe by Joyce Magnin, the reader is introduced to some of the quirky residents living in Bright Pond. From a beloved woman named Ruth who is prepared to out do all the previous Thanksgiving festivities that have been hosted at others homes, by offering a Thanksgiving Tropical Luau and making it definitely one that will be talked about for years to come.

    Griselda is at her wit's end trying to decide if she is in love with Zeb, the diner's chief cook extraordinaire or her new aviation teacher, Cliff. Now if only she could discover what love really means while both are doing their very best to try and impress her.

    I received this book on my Kindle compliments of Net Galley and Abingdon Press for my honest review and this one is just perfect for not just Christmas but anytime. You can't help but fall in love with the amusing characters of Joyce Magnin's Bright Pond series, and this one is no exception! I rate this one a classical 5 out of 5 Christmas stars!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Make Your Heart Happy

    Welcome back to Bright's Pond where the residents make even your strangest relatives seem normal.

    What's going on at the Greenbriar Nursing home? Resident's riding trikes down the halls? Seniors making out in the gazebo? This is strange even by Bright's Pond standards. Who or what could be responsible? Is it the fault of the new gazeebo, or the strange elusive man who built it for the residents? Maybe it's drugs or something in the water. Police chief Mildred Blessing has her hands full trying to solve this one.

    Meanwhile elsewhere in Bright's Pond folks must contend with a luau thanksgiving, a Christmas pageant with live camels and the on again off again romance between Griselda and Zeb. Do I hear wedding bells?

    Though lighthearted, this book is no ball of fluff. It is well written and entertaining. It will leave you laughing, and feeling just a little bit better about your own life. The delightfuly quirky characters, like none you've ever imagined, are so real you'll feel like you've always known them.

    As with the first three books in this series, this is a 5 star read. If you haven't read the others (The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise, and Griselda Takes Flight), you must do so. You'r life will be fuller from having read them.

    I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions rendered are my own.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

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    not my style

    I thought I would like the book, I certainly like the synopsis and the reviews, but I just couldn't get into it. It may be that I had difficulty reading it on my e-reader, but after reading the first page seven times, I just gave up.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

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    Loved it!

    A gazebo is discovered and some of the residents at the Greenbrier Nursing home are regaining their youth, start doing odd things, like riding tricycles and dancing like they are teenagers, and other odd behaviors. The group sets out to find the truth.
    To add variety to a typical fare Ruth plans a Tropical Thanksgiving. Go on soaring adventures with Matilda, listen in while the Yuletide committee discusses the upcoming Christmas agenda, meet new characters and stay in touch with familiar ones. This novel with capture your heart and make you smile! All the charm and entertainment for the upcoming holiday season done up Brights Pond style!
    Although this is a part of a series it could easily stand on it's own. Very entertaining and a joy to read, I highly recommend this book. It challenged my faith as I kept turning the pages, quite hard to put down!
    Thanks so much to Abingdon Press and Netgalley for my ARC for my review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2013

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    This is an interesting story with some quirky characters! I lik

    This is an interesting story with some quirky characters! I liked that Griselda is taking some risks, from learning to fly a plane to wondering if she should stay with her long-time on-again, off-again boyfriend. A new man in town complicates the situation, which was interesting. There's a bit of a mystery with the antics at the nursing home. Then there were the odd events, from a blessing of a fountain to the tropical Thanksgiving. Things felt a bit too rehashed in the story and I found myself wanting more to happen that interested me. I felt a little lost, too, since I haven't read any of the other books in the series. Check it out if you like quirky small-town life and unique Christmas stories.

    I received this book free from Abingdon Press in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    I am pretty sure this is my first time reading one of the books

    I am pretty sure this is my first time reading one of the books in the Bright’s Pond Tales series.

    Now that I have read the book, I don’t understand how it could have that title. The book had nothing to do with mistletoe. I don’t even remember mistletoe being mentioned.

    I thought there could have been more faith in God embedded in this novel. To me it was simply a feel-good-story with everyday problems people face.

    The characters were described very well. I could close my eyes and imagine what Agnes looked like or see Haddie Grace riding her tricycle in the hallway at the Greenbrier Nursing Home.

    You don’t need to read the other books in the series to enjoy and understand this one. If you enjoyed the other books in the series, then I am sure you will enjoy this one too.

    Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Blame it on the Mistletoe, by Joyce Magnin, for free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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  • Posted December 9, 2013

    I didn't realize when I signed on to review this book that it wa

    I didn't realize when I signed on to review this book that it was part of a series. (The publishing world as whole needs to be better about advertising this! I love series, but I love to read them in order MORE.) *sigh* Oh well. This isn't the first time I've complained about this and I'm sure it won't be the last. :)
    It took a few chapters to get into the book and hooked into the story, despite the fact that it really does open with a very curious red tricycle in the nursing home. I think it was because there was a lot of references to the previous stories. Catching the reader up on the back story to set up the new one. That's normal, necessary even. And when you've read the earlier books, you don't tend to notice it, because you're not wondering what the characters are referring to.
    Once I got in a few chapters, I began to enjoy it more. The characters are all very quirky! I'd say Bright's Pond was a town all it's own, even before their fountain was rebuilt by the odd little man who's come to town. Griselda Sparrow (what a name!), the main character is caught between two men, not sure of her true feelings for either, all while trying to experience what it's like to live on her own and not care for her sister Agnes. That's hard for her to do when Agnes keeps calling her at the drop of hat to come to the nursing home. Tack on this funny little mystery of what's making the nursing home inhabitants act so strange, and Griselda has her hands full.
    It was an enjoyable read with a unique cast and setting, but be sure you read the earlier books first!

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

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    Joyce Magnin in her new book, ¿Blame It On The Mistletoe¿ Book F

    Joyce Magnin in her new book, “Blame It On The Mistletoe” Book Four in the Bright’s Pond series published by Abingdon Press takes us into the life of Police Chief Mildred Blessing.




    From the back cover:  Just married




    Is There Really a Fountain of Youth in Paradise?




    Welcome back to Bright’s Pond, where strange happenings are afoot at the Greenbrier Nursing Home.




    The folks have suddenly grown younger, happier, and even a bit friskier thanks to Leon Fontaine, the newest Paradise Trailer Park resident. But Mildred Blessing is suspicious and sets out to investigate while the wedding to end all weddings is being planned.




    Only, in Bright’s Pond, nothing ever really goes as planned . . .




    Welcome to Bright’s Pond.  I did not read the first three books in this series, A mistake that I plan to correct quickly, however I was quickly drawn into the characters and did not feel that I was missing anything.  Leon Fontaine, a new resident at the Paradise Trailer Park, has rebuilt the old fountain which leans a bit, similar to the way he does.  Since then the residents of the Greenbrier Nursing Home are behaving in a younger manner.  It’s either the water or drugs and Mildred Blessing, who is also new to Bright’s Pond’s and the one and only police officer which, of course, makes her the chief of police.  Get ready for a Hawaiian Thanksgiving, a wedding and a Christmas Pageant like you have never seen before.  There is a lot going on, all of it is fun and all of it is entertaining.  You will find yourself laughing out loud as you enjoy the going on in this delightful little town.  All of the characters are fun and Ms. Magnin has a way to really keep you interested in this story as you keep flipping pages wondering what will happen next.  




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press for this review.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK Welcome back to Brights Pond and the ch

    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
    Welcome back to Brights Pond and the characters we love so well there. The Holiday’s will  be different for Griselda this year since Agnes is in an assistant living place. Agnes seems to adjust well at the Greenbriar Nursing home except for one thing, and that is, something strange is going on around there. The patients seem to act younger all of a sudden. Like one of the older, and smaller ladies riding around on a tricycle? What on earth is happening there? Well, like me, you will need to read this book to find out all about it. And in reading Blame it on the Mistletoe, you will laugh and sometimes cry as these characters live out their story.




    This is a really great read, and I thoroughly enjoyed Griselda and all of her family and friends as she changes her traditions this Christmas. And is love in the air for Griselda? Seems she is still uncertain who will be the guy for her, her old time faithful friend she has know for so long, or newcomer air plane pilot that is giving Griselda flying lessons? So many questions, and they are all answered in this wonderful, fun, funny, and exciting Christmas story. I really want to encourage you to enjoy Blame it on the Mistletoe, and while you are at it, check out the other books in the Brights Pond series.




    I received this book from the publisher Abingdon Press to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    After finishing Blame it on the Mistletoe, I was very upset. Why

    After finishing Blame it on the Mistletoe, I was very upset. Why you ask? Because I realized it was part of a series, and it wasn’t the first. I loved it so now I have to buy the other three Bright’s Pond books by Joyce Magnin.

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  • Posted December 4, 2013

    If you'd like a little humor and romance with your Christmas nov

    If you'd like a little humor and romance with your Christmas novels, this one could be just your cup of wassail (non-alcoholic, of course). I certainly enjoyed it.

    Odd things are afoot at the Greenbrier Nursing Home. Old folks have begun acting like youngsters. Ol' Haddie's been peddling a trike around the halls at top speed, and Faith and Clyde (equally old) have been smooching on the gazebo. Speaking of which, the gazebo is a little off kilter too.

    Sort of like the odd little man who built it. Leon Fontaine rebuilt the old fountain at the Paradise Trailer Court too, and the fountain also leaned a bit. It seemed to be his trademark.

    Somehow, folks were getting the notion that the water had youthful qualities. Some think that odd little man is providing drugs to the Nursing Home. Griselda has her hands full trying to help Chief of Police Mildred find the elusive Mr. Fontaine, deciding whether she loved Zeb or Cliff, taste-testing Ruth's exotic Thanksgiving dishes, and lining up someone to play Mary in the Christmas Pageant. Oh--and trying to pacify her sister Agnes who can't come to either the Thanksgiving dinner or the Christmas pageant.

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