Griselda Takes Flight: A Novel of Bright's Pond [NOOK Book]

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Welcome back to Bright’s Pond. Now that her morbidly obese sister, Agnes Sparrow, is comfortably dieting at the Greenbrier Nursing home, Griselda has time to fly—literally. A pilot makes an emergency landing on Hector’s Hill and creates quite a ruckus in the otherwise sleepy town of Bright’s Pond. Griselda becomes enamored with Cliff Cardwell and his airplane, a 1952 Cesna ...
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Overview

Welcome back to Bright’s Pond. Now that her morbidly obese sister, Agnes Sparrow, is comfortably dieting at the Greenbrier Nursing home, Griselda has time to fly—literally. A pilot makes an emergency landing on Hector’s Hill and creates quite a ruckus in the otherwise sleepy town of Bright’s Pond. Griselda becomes enamored with Cliff Cardwell and his airplane, a 1952 Cesna Beachpiper and takes him up on his offer of flying lessons. This after Zeb Sewickey has proposed marriage. Griselda has not given him her answer.

    

Meanwhile, Stella Hughes Kincaid receives word that her estranged brother, Walter, is in a coma at Greenbrier. Griselda and Agnes convince Stella to see him. On her first visit she meets Gilda Saucer who claims to be Walter’s fiancée. Stella smells a rat and upon further investigation discovers that Walter had recently become a millionaire thanks to the PA state lottery. Stella, Griselda, and pretty much everyone in town jump to the conclusion that Gilda is a gold digger. 



Stella and Griselda confront the woman who vehemently denies the accusation and pledges her sincere love for Walter. She is still suspicious, but Stella backs off. When Bright’s Pond Chief of Police, Mildred Blessing, digs up the news that Stella is married to a two-bit con man, Cliff Cardwell (the pilot) from Binghamton, NY, Gilda and the cute but lying flight instructor are chased from Greenbrier by several cane-wielding Greenbrier residents and Agnes. They are arrested on bunko charges. 

    

Miracles still happen occasionally in Bright’s Pond; Walter awakens from his coma. He and Stella are reunited, Griselda gives Zeb her answer—no—and is last seen flying loop-de-loops over Hector’s Hill.
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Editorial Reviews

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Griselda Sparrow finally has some free time now that her overweight sister, Agnes, is settled into a nursing home. She agrees to take flying lessons from handsome Cliff Cardwell. At the same time, new lottery winner Walter Hughes is in a coma, and a stranger claims to be his fiancée. Walter's sister, Stella, enlists the help of police chief Mildred Blessing to investigate this woman. VERDICT The quirky characters and fresh humor of Magnin's latest series entry (The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow) will appeal to fans of Tamar Myers's Magdalena Yoder series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426726439
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Series: A Novel of Bright's Pond
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 439,045
  • File size: 685 KB

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 January 29, 2012

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    Disappointed

    After reading The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, I was really excited to read Griselda Takes Flight since it is the next in the series. However, I found myself repeatedly confused then disappointed. It felt like this book was written by a totally different author who had never read the first book.

    Griselda's whole pattern of speech was different in this one, even her personality. Several times in the book she and Agnes had pretty much the same conversation as they had earlier in the book.

    In The Prayers, Griselda notes that although she and Zeb graduated together and he was a good looking guy, they had never dated although he had asked her out a couple times but they never made it. In this book, she says they have been a couple off and on since high school.

    In the first book one of the main characters was killed by a newcomer to town. No mention is made of this major event. Seems it would have come up with two newcomers in town.

    I guess if I hadn't read the first book, maybe this one would have been better but there were too many discrepancies between the two for my liking.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Another Bright;s Pond Story

    Bright's Pond books - a place to visit when you want an easy, relaxing read. No stress, no profanity, no really bad situations - just a fun people story about the unremarkable, yet surprisingly engrossing. It's fun to get to know these people and join them in a cup of tea and a great slice of pie.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2011

    A pleasant, easy read.

    This was a sweet, family friendly story of small town life in Pennsylvania circa approximately 1970's. Some God and Jesus preachiness but not enough to spoil the story and it was a relief to not see obscenities all over the page for once. Watch out for all the food though. Long and tempting, in depth descriptions of food, especially PIE throughout the book could get you drooling or snacking when you are trying to get into that summer bikini.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    Oops, She Did It Again

    Oops, she did it again. Joyce Magnin combines the ridiculous with the poignant in a way that spells sublime. And that's especially true of GRISELDA TAKES FLIGHT, the third offering in her Bright's Pond series. No one but Magnin could put together a comatose treasure hunter; his not-so-concerned fiancée; an obsessive pumpkin farmer; two sisters learning to love their way out of dysfunction; and a pilot who makes an emergency landing and decides to stay a while. And no one but Magnin could weave all these and more into a lovable, believable, page-turning story. In what's become her signature style, the author uses flawed characters and awkward, often humorous situations to teach powerful lessons. Griselda Sparrow, who takes flight in not only an airplane but her self-confidence, shows readers the power of truth to set free. And as other Bright's Pond residents work through their own versions of truth-telling, readers will no doubt do the same. At one point in my reading, I realized I was holding my breath. Charlotte Figg, heroine of Magnin's second novel, was about to encounter Griselda and friends for the first time. My concern for my fictional friends defined my discovery about their creator: Oops, she did it again. Read it and smile. Because when GRISELDA TAKES FLIGHT, your heart will, too.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Love this series.

    I Love the Bright's Pond series. I got all 4 books for free, so be patient. Love the characters and the humor.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    I loved this book!

    This author is fun to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    definitely recommend

    Very cute, fun characters, quirky humor, sweet story....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    More Bright's Pond Shenanigans

    I somehow started with the last book, so I have to go back and catch up, but assuming you started at the beginning, Griselda Sparrow, Sister to the amazing, over-large Agnes, is suddenly realizing that she's free, and isn't quite sure what to do with that freedom, now that Agnes is in a nursing home, trying to lose some weight. Enter a good-looking pilot with a sick airplane, then a floozie takes up residence, as she awaits her "fiance" to come out of a coma, as he's being treated at the same place Agnes is. There seems to be a mystery brewing. At the same time, it's getting close to the fall festival with the largest pumpkin contest, and Nate is getting psychotic over his pumpkin, Bertha Ann. Griselda learns to fly, the man in the coma is Stella's long-lost brother, and you just have to read the book to get all the fun out of it. A touch of romance, a touch of craziness, a little mystery and a whole lot of small-town nosiness.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    Love the Brights Pond series

    This is the third book in the Bright's Pond series. I think this was my favorite so far.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Great read in the Brights Pond series!

    The characters and storyline are interesting and entertaining. Magnin seems to always put an unexpected twist in her stories. Enjoyable read especially if you jus want to get lost in a story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    I enjoyed this!

    Sweet and funny. It reminded me why I don't like living in small towns, but I do like reading about them! Now I want to read the preceding book(s).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Fun read...

    I loved Bright's Pond, and I want to go there and meet all the characters who show up in this book. Joyce Magnin is a master at creating situations that will make you laugh out loud. I wish I could have lunch today at the Full Moon Cafe!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Ravenstar

    Apprentices den.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Great Series!

    This is another in a Bright's Pond series by Joyce Magnin. I didn't want it to end and I can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Another great Bright's Pond book

    I love everything about the series, and this book. It's a light-hearted and quick read. You don't have to start with the first book to enjoy this one but I would recommend reading them all!

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  • Posted November 4, 2011

    Great Story

    This was a funny and interesting story

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