It is 1954 and Katherine Gale has just turned thirteen, though she likes it when people say she looks older. But no matter what year it is, when you’re thirteen, you still don’t like cleaning your room, having to sit next to your younger brothers, or go visit your elderly Grandmother. Katherine and her mother, Ruth, are about to do just that.
Grandma Blanch is eighty-four and getting forgetful, so it was decided she has to move soon and Ruth needs help sorting through Grandma’s things. Katherine only has younger brothers, so she gets volunteered for the task. What Katherine and her mother don’t know is that Grandma Blanch needs more help then they realize, and Katherine, unwittingly, discovers how to do just that. What Katherine doesn't expect is that she gains a new friend in the process.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A very lovely little story. The ending got me all teary eyed. I loved the red velvet box, it's history and what was in it. I didn't get the flavour of the era from the cover. Yes, they had jeans in the fifties, but a poodle skirted girl would have helped zero me in faster. There was an expression used that made them think more modern, but everything else settled me into the fifties just fine. I loved the reference to Welk and Elvis. Katie is a well-rounded character, very much the 13 yo and part of her generation. The descriptions settled me into gramma's house great. I felt like I knew it, like I was there. The plot is simple. Katie doesn't want to go to grandma's. But grandma is losing her memory, and Katie and her mom are going to help go through grandma's stuff before she's moved. What Katie finds is more than just a lifetimes worth of stuff squirreling away. For the size of the book, it was a bit pricey. But for such a small book, it still got me hooked into the characters, I ended up caring for them a lot, especially grandma. It's a good book for someone who wants a peek back in time. The Red Velvet Box was swell!
I really enjoyed this book. Nice multigenerational tale of 3 women relating to each other in different stages of their Lives. I especially enjoyed the teenage character . I think the author is very good at capturing this age group in her writing. She does this well in her other books. Rosebloom is the first book in another series she has written and I would recommend those Books also. I think women especially of all ages would enjoy this Christmas tale