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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Viking USA; 1 edition (Oct. 25 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670031216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670031214
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.1 x 15.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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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waddled in a pink chenille robe and wearing a mesh hair net, Esther Bolick lay sprawled in her recliner, staring at the ceiling. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nora R. Hope on Dec 15 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have read every Mitford word. I gave this book to friends for Christmas thinking it would be a fun way to get started with her writing. When visiting my sister-in-law I spent a careful morning in the kitchen making the marmalade cake from the copy I gave her. Better move to Mitford and beg Esther to bake one for you because even the recipe is a disappointment. I think of myself modestly as a seasoned baker with 30 years experience. Perhaps Karon's publisher outsourced the job to a cakemix chemistry lab? I did all the painstaking steps and used all the top ingredients; something is off. Maybe Esther gave Father Tim a smudged recipe card? Karon is much better with theology than with the oven. I also feel ripped off by the "industry" of side items to the Mitford books. Let's stick with substantive stories and messages.
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As the month of October ends with Thanksgiving right around the corner, our thoughts turn to the holidays celebrated in December. Jan Karon, the author of the highly successful Mitford seies, last year provided her readers with a Christmas story called The Mitford Snowmen. This year she provides us with an even more enjoyable story, Esther's Gift.
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.
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It's difficult to rate a book such as this because it is only 37 pages long and takes a matter of minutes to read. It is recommended for fans of the Mitford Series, since readers will already be familiar with Esther Bolick, the main character, who bakes Mitford's favorite cake, The Orange Marmalade Layer Cake. Esther is contemplating her yearly baking schedule when she decides to have her husband Gene calculate the cost of each cake. She is appalled by the final figures, and vows to cut her giving list severely. As she listens to a Christmas carol, she begins to realize that the true cost of giving--and not giving--goes beyond monetary considerations.
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By Sylvia Tate on Jan. 12 2003
Format: Hardcover
What happen to the Jan Karon I used to love to read? Last year I was a little disappointed in THE MITFORD SNOMWAN but decided all of her books couldn't be perfect since the others were so great.However I was more disgusted than disapponted when I read this year's Christmas book.Personally this book was just a waste of time and money. There was no plot, no meaning. Please don't tell me the author is on her way out. Hopefully we will see more of the earlier Jan Karon-not anymore such as this one or the MITFORD SNOWMEN.Sorry to be so critical but that's the way I feel. Nex time I will be more selective before buying any more Jan Karon books.What a shame.
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When I ordered the book I thought I was going to have a nice little Christmas read - you know, a warm-hearted story that speaks of the true nature of the season. Instead I received a tiny book that took less than 5 minutes to read - and a recipe.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
For those of you who have read the Mitford books, you know that Esther Bolick is the master baker who created the Orange Marmalade Cake. The cake's fame has spread far and wide and is baked for all the major social events in Mitford. For Esther to want to gift her friends with this masterpiece, therefore, is generosity unparalleled.
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!
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