Beth was looking forward to spending Christmas in Scotland with her family. With just a few weeks to go she couldn't wait. Arriving home one wet evening she was thrown into a state of panic when she flicked on her answer machine. Her mum had been taken into hospital after a fall. Beth packed a bag and jumped on the night train to Penzance. Beth's mum is a leading light at the local church and she asks Beth to take a look in the 'pink folder' to check out what she might be able to do to help out. Beth is not keen and would prefer not to get involved but with a bit of persuassion she agrees. Singing in the choir, baking cakes, helping at the Bazzar are just a few of the activities and Beth feels a bit put on... that is until she meets Stuart, new Vicar at St Piran's. Beth can see how he's set hearts a fluttering amongst the local ladies of the parish and she can't help but fall a little under his spell herself. But, she's cautious. She's barely out of a relationship with an equally handsome man in the city, who just wasn't ready for any type of 'committment.' This drop dead gorgeous cleric seems just a bit too good to be true; but there's something about him!
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Reviewed by Scherry Jenkins for Readers' Favorite A Shangri-La Christmas by Elizabeth Player starts out with Beth getting a phone call from Tina, her mother's neighbor, telling Beth that her mum had taken a fall and was in the hospital. Beth immediately packed a bag and jumped on the sleeper train to go make sure her mother was okay. Being a good daughter, Beth takes care of Minty, her mum's dog, and then gets roped into taking on some of her church duties, like singing in the choir, baking cakes, and helping at the local bazaar while her mum is laid up with her broken knee cap. Those duties do not seem too bad though once she gets a look at Stuart, the handsome vicar. Beth is cautious, however, as she's barely out of a relationship with an equally handsome man in the city … yet a sweet romance begins to develop. With the Christmas carols being sung and the Christingles being made, this story is a real holiday delight. I especially enjoyed reading about the intriguing tradition of the Christingle. My church does not share this custom, but I found it quite delightful and the images Elizabeth Player described made me want to go out and buy a bag of oranges! A Shangri-La Christmas was a delightful quick read. Within those pages, however, I found some great Christmas spirit. Elizabeth Player did a wonderful job of describing each scene, from the clothes Beth wore to the food they ate. Short stories like this make it difficult to fully develop the characters and build a plot, nonetheless, this story was a sweet read.
This was a sweet romance that kept me glued to the pages from start to finish! Beth and Stuart, the new Vicar were likable characters. When Beth's mom takes a fall, is hospitalized and undergoes surgery, Beth soon finds herself filling in at St. Piran’s parish fulfilling commitments for her mother that include baking and singing in the choir. At first she's over-whelming by the tasks but they soon become enjoyable as Beth and Stuart's relationship blossoms. A Shangri-La Christmas is good for any time of the year! Give it a try. It won’t disappoint.