Esthers Gift Hardcover – Oct 25 2004
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Esther isn't so sure that she should spend so much time and money making her famous two-layer marmalade cake for holiday gifts but then she remembers the meaning of Christmas.
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Jan Karon writes to "give readers an extended family and to applaud the extraordinary beauty of ordinary lives."
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Esther Bolick is known far and wide for her orange marmalade cakes which she presents to Mitford friends as holiday gifts. But this year while thinking about buying doilies and the high cost for them, Esther asks her husband, Gene, to calculate the cost for each cake she prepares. Upon hearing the staggering amount of each cake including her labor, Esther begins to scratch names off her list of those she feels has either slighted her or can do without her cake. Then as she listens to the words of Christmas carols and imagine these people opening the door and receiving the cakes from her and her husband, Esther realizes the true spirit of giving during the holiday season. And within a few hours left Esther lovingly prepares these cakes which rest on the doilies she originally thought way too expensive. And then after Church, she and Gene go to deliver the cakes which are very much a part of the Mitford traditions.
This is an enjoyable short read. It will certainly appeal to the many readers who enjoy Jan Karon's books. And for those not familiar with the Mitford series it will serve as a nice introduction to both Mitford and the author Jan Karon. I suggest this as a lovely gift for the holidays or as an addition to any readers holiday books. And as an added treat Esther's recipe is included in the book. I hope you will prepare this cake to give to friends as gifts or will serve it in your homes during the holidays season. And as thoughts turn to shopping, wrapping, cooking and entertaining, I wish to all a happy and healthy holiday season.
I was disappointed, to say the least. I suppose I was mislead by the first few pages. This isn't worth buying unless you just want the recipe - which is really what you are getting. The author could have made a good story out of her idea - which then lead up to the recipe, but unfortunately seemed only interested in getting to the cake. I think this should be categorized under recipe books.
Once again Jan Karon has given us a warm personal glimpse into the activities of Mitford's residents at Christmas. I for one am delighted to set this little gem next to last year's "The Mitford Snowmen." Keep these tiny tastes of Mitford coming, Ms Karon! They do wonders for my Christmas spirit!
Most recent customer reviews
Esthers' gift isn't a lengthy story...another in the Mitford Series. Yet, in it, I found another "chapter" of life in Mitford. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003 by BF
"Esther's Gift: A Mitford Christmas Story," by Jan Karon, is about Esther Bolick, who is getting ready to bake the orange marmalade cakes that she traditionally makes as... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2003 by Michael J. Mazza
If you are a fan of the Mitford books get this from the library if you care to read it. You won't need to check it out. It can be easily read in 10 minutes. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2003 by D. Sheff
This is a nice little Christmas book for all who love Father Tim and the Mitford citizens. Jan Karon finally shares Esther's famous Orange Marmalade cake recipe. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2003
I have been a great fan of Jan Karon & her novels. This book, however, was extremely disappointing. There was no plot or feeling of Christmas spirit. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2003
DO NOT waste your money. Dull story that takes 15 minutes to read. Not at all interesting. The other Mitford books are worth rading, but not these short xmas... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003 by Jacqueline R. Molenaar
This was this first time I had read one of Mitford's books. While it is a quick read, it is also a dull and boring read -- not to mention a big waste of money. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2003
I agree with other reviewers that this book is way too short for the money. I have read and re-read the Mitford books many times, but this was quite a disappointment for me. Ms. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2003 by Ann Baron
Esther Bolick is renowned for her orange marmalade layer cake, which she makes each Christmas for a group of friends and relatives. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2002 by Kurt A. Johnson
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