The Christmas Pearl

The Christmas Pearl

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The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank, Celia Weston

Theodora is the matriarch of a family that has grown into a bunch of truculent knuckleheads. While she's finally gotten them all together in South Carolina to celebrate, this Christmas looks nothing like the extravagant, homey holidays of her childhood.

What happened to the days when Christmas meant tables groaning with home-cooked goodies, over-the-top decorations, and long chats in front of the fire with Pearl, her grandmother's beloved housekeeper and closest confidante?

Luckily for Theodora, a special someone who heard her plea for help arrives, with pockets full of enough Gullah magic and common sense to make Theodora's Christmas the love-filled miracle it's meant to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061457913
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/23/2007
Edition description: Unabridged, 3 CDs, 3 Hours 30 Mins
Pages: 3
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She resides in the New York area with her husband.


New Jersey and Sullivan's Island, South Carolina

Place of Birth:

Sullivan's Island, South Carolina

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Christmas Pearl 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
librarysusie More than 1 year ago
What a delightful Christmas story! 93 year old Theodora grew up in a happy home ( the home her and her children still live in) full of love, laughter and respect with great traditions every Christmas, but Theodora¿s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are the complete opposite and poor Theodora doesn¿t know how to fix it. While growing up Theodora¿s family had a housekeeper/cook/friend named Pearl who always made everything better Theodora wishes she could find another Pearl to fix her family but Pearl has been dead many years. But Christmas is a time for miracles and getting what you wish for; Christmas starts out awful for this family till a miracle named Pearl, working on getting her wings, swoops in to fix this family. This was a great story humorous and touching all about family and just what that means, also about miracles and believing in them. What was great was it was never preachy but just a great story. If only we all had a Pearl of our own to fix all the ills in our own family! If you are looking for a good Christmas story give this one a try! 4 Stars
Olivia-O More than 1 year ago
This story brings back the wonder of our childhood memories and what Christmas was like when we were young, as well as how we have all become much too cinical with the flash and dash of the holidays today. It helps us believe in the magic of the past and gives us hope of the future.

This story is told through the eyes of an old woman as she struggles with her brash and sometimes ungrateful family as she challenges them to remember what the spirit of Christmas could mean for them if they chose to believe it. The delightful character of "Pearl" makes you want to believe in angels while hoping that maybe there is one for each of us.
It is warm and wonderful and a perfect read for this time of year. As you rush from one "to-do" to the other, make time to pick up this book and take a breather. You won't regret it!
MEMECN More than 1 year ago
Treat your self by reading this book. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of Dorothea Benton Franks books. I read this one just days before Christmas to get myself into the holiday spirit. Ms. Frank never disappoints. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Dorothea Benton Frank's books. This one was short enough for me to start on the night before Christmas Eve and finish up the next morning. It was hard getting into the Christmas spirit this year, but reading this helped. I love the little lady in the story and her old friend/housekeeper, Pearl.
RSista More than 1 year ago
During the Christmas season I like to retreat from the cares of the world and enjoy the peace the season celebrates and this book is just the thing! I enjoyed escaping into this world where problems can be solved and faith triumphs disappointments. I saved this book to read again next Christmas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This short read inspires the reader to remember how Christmas miracles can happen and how they can turn a family around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again we have harriet klausner with her cliff note book report revealing the entire book, ruining it for other readers. Please bn, please get rid of this obnoxious poster and delete all her plot spoiling post....please! She ruins absolutely every book she so calls reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...reminds you that no matter what problems your family has, forgiveness can make things better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is book #8 in Dorothea Benton Frank's repertoire. I read the 7 books that preceded this one; they were all fantastic, but this one had a unique sparkle to it....quite enchanting!!
Cakelady More than 1 year ago
The story is a coming of age story for the Senior plus group and how the world is seen through the eyes of the family's Grand Dame.Will the family survive as it was or will it collapse?It needs a miracle,an answer to a prayer.We all do from time to time.I hope that this is enough to get you started on a wonderful trip into this family's life and old Charleston traditions.
nookreader43 More than 1 year ago
Another winner for Dorothea Benton Frank. Great Christmas read but then I've never read a bad DBF book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lovely, enjoyable book. Just what I needed as a break from my usual reading material.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Dottie Frank books; it includes some holiday recipes that have become family traditions. This copy was a gift for a close family member.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be a sixth or seventh generation Charlestonian, I found that I was reliving so much of my past in another of Dorothea Benton Frank's books. Yes! no Christmas Tree went up in our house until as a child I was asleep on Christmas Eve. Dad and Mom always did it after they came home from midnight service. The Pearl in our home was Thelma, and in my grandparent's home downstairs, she was Dorothy. Wonderful memories. Yes! There were three generations living in the same house. Family, Family, Family, and all that goes with it.
TheSimpleLife More than 1 year ago
This is exactly the kind of story that sets the mood for the holidays. Easy to read, easy to remember, easy to come back to again next year!
AvidreaderZB More than 1 year ago
this was the first book I've read by this author - the author was recommended by an associate at B&N that this author writes for my age group - the story was good but a little slow starting - once I got past the first few chapters I didn't want to put it down - was not written just for my age group as the associate stated - I would definitely read another book by this author before making a call as to whether to buy more or not from them.
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Although I've liked other books by Dorothea Benton Frank; I didn't like this book.
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Somewhat entertaining, but dumb.
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"The Christmas Pearl" is one of my favorite Christmas novels. I really enjoyed reading it and have given it to several friends for Christmas