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Griselda Takes Flight: A Novel of Bright's Pond [Kindle Edition]

Joyce Magnin
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Welcome back to Bright’s Pond. Now that her morbidly obese sister, Agnes Sparrow, is comfortably dieting at the Greenbrier Nursing home, Griselda has time to fly—literally. A pilot makes an emergency landing on Hector’s Hill and creates quite a ruckus in the otherwise sleepy town of Bright’s Pond. Griselda becomes enamored with Cliff Cardwell and his airplane, a 1952 Cesna Beachpiper and takes him up on his offer of flying lessons. This after Zeb Sewickey has proposed marriage. Griselda has not given him her answer.

    

Meanwhile, Stella Hughes Kincaid receives word that her estranged brother, Walter, is in a coma at Greenbrier. Griselda and Agnes convince Stella to see him. On her first visit she meets Gilda Saucer who claims to be Walter’s fiancée. Stella smells a rat and upon further investigation discovers that Walter had recently become a millionaire thanks to the PA state lottery. Stella, Griselda, and pretty much everyone in town jump to the conclusion that Gilda is a gold digger. 



Stella and Griselda confront the woman who vehemently denies the accusation and pledges her sincere love for Walter. She is still suspicious, but Stella backs off. When Bright’s Pond Chief of Police, Mildred Blessing, digs up the news that Stella is married to a two-bit con man, Cliff Cardwell (the pilot) from Binghamton, NY, Gilda and the cute but lying flight instructor are chased from Greenbrier by several cane-wielding Greenbrier residents and Agnes. They are arrested on bunko charges. 

    

Miracles still happen occasionally in Bright’s Pond; Walter awakens from his coma. He and Stella are reunited, Griselda gives Zeb her answer—no—and is last seen flying loop-de-loops over Hector’s Hill.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 702 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (April 1 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RIVIT8
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle mystery Jan. 4 2014
By Bob
Format:Kindle Edition
Although this was categorised as a "Christian Novel" I am not sure I agree with this in the sense that it did not preach or indeed the church was not the centre of the story in fact the dinner featured more than the church. That said it is set in a small town near the city of Wilkes-Barre in North-eastern Pennsylvania which would surprise me if there were not some church connections. This book also seems to be targeted at reading groups as there are a number of questions to provoke thought. As usual I ignored all that and just read the book as an entertainment and found it a good read. Nothing much happened very quickly but I liked the way the characters and the locations were developed and the plot slowly rolled out. It takes a long time happening but the plot, and there are some sub plots revolves around Walter who is in a coma and the woman who wants to marry him and believes he has the secret to a long lost treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Griselda Takes Off! May 27 2011
By Pam Halter - Published on Amazon.com
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Griselda Takes Flight kind of begins where The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow leaves off. In this book, we not only get to know Griselda better, but we get to fly along with her as she discovers who she is and what she wants. Joyce Magnin not only gives us the Bright's Pond characters we've come to know and love, she also brings us intimately into how God brings people and circumstances into our lives in order to give us the opportunity to know ourselves better and to know Him better. The people are real. The town is a place you wish you lived in. The crazy things that happen between them all will make you smile. Pam Halter
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, Light and Easy Read Nov. 16 2011
By SusieGirl - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading this book. I generally read suspense novels and this was my first time to read "Christian Fiction". The best part of this book for me is that it was clean reading, nothing I would normally skip over, i.e. profanity, sex, etc. While I didn't feel like "I can't put this book down", I did get a feeling of friendship with some of the characters. I was fortunate to get this book from Amazon for free, and I will look for this author again.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Mystery May 6 2011
By Bob - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Although this was categorised as a "Christian Novel" I am not sure I agree with this in the sense that it did not preach or indeed the church was not the centre of the story in fact the dinner featured more than the church. That said it is set in a small town near the city of Wilkes-Barre in North-eastern Pennsylvania which would surprise me if there were not some church connections. This book also seems to be targeted at reading groups as there are a number of questions to provoke thought. As usual I ignored all that and just read the book as an entertainment and found it a good read. Nothing much happened very quickly but I liked the way the characters and the locations were developed and the plot slowly rolled out. It takes a long time happening but the plot, and there are some sub plots revolves around Walter who is in a coma and the woman who wants to marry him and believes he has the secret to a long lost treasure.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oops--She Did It Again April 4 2011
By M. Pieper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Oops, she did it again.

Joyce Magnin combines the ridiculous with the poignant in a way that spells sublime. And that's especially true of GRISELDA TAKES FLIGHT, the third offering in her Bright's Pond series.

No one but Magnin could put together a comatose treasure hunter; his not-so-concerned fiancée; an obsessive pumpkin farmer; two sisters learning to love their way out of dysfunction; and a pilot who makes an emergency landing and decides to stay a while. And no one but Magnin could weave all these and more into a lovable, believable, page-turning story.

In what's become her signature style, the author uses flawed characters and awkward, often humorous situations to teach powerful lessons. Griselda Sparrow, who takes flight in not only an airplane but her self-confidence, shows readers the power of truth to set free. And as other Bright's Pond residents work through their own versions of truth-telling, readers will no doubt do the same.

At one point in my reading, I realized I was holding my breath. Charlotte Figg, heroine of Magnin's second novel, was about to encounter Griselda and friends for the first time. My concern for my fictional friends defined my discovery about their creator: Oops, she did it again.

Read it and smile. Because when GRISELDA TAKES FLIGHT, your heart will, too.
3.0 out of 5 stars Some thoughtful characterization, but overly long and plodding (2.5 stars) Jan. 8 2013
By L. Burns - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the third novel in the "Bright's Pond" series, but it picks up right where Book One,The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow: A Novel of Bright's Pond , leaves off. (For those not familiar with the series, the books take place in a small Pennsylvania town in the early 1970's).

With her sister Agnes now in residence at the local nursing home, Griselda Sparrow is truly on her own for the first time in her forty-plus years. But what to do with that freedom? Should she settle down with her old High School sweetheart? Maybe pursue a relationship with the attractive pilot that's taken up residence in Bright's Pond? Griselda has long dreamed of traveling beyond the confines of her little community; is it finally time for her to take flight?

Most of this story revolves around Griselda trying to figure out what she really wants to do with her life. As with the other Bright's Pond books, this is a "quiet" story. There's not much in the way of action and/or suspense (though there is a bit of a mystery thrown in about a stolen treasure). It doesn't follow a central plot or theme as much as it chronicles the day to day lives of the quirky inhabitants of this off-beat little town. And that is both the strength and the weakness of this story.

I like character driven books. I can forego action in favor of a chance to immerse myself in the characters' lives. But I have to confess that even I was bored for big chunks of this story. There's a lot of repetition; Griselda seems to be going around in circles making little progress. The same event will be described over and over again. I think that Griselda told every single resident of Bright's Pond about a plane landing! Entirely too much page time is thrown away on a couple who constantly bickers about a giant pumpkin that the husband is growing for a local contest. As much as I've grown fond of these characters in previous books, I have to admit that it was a chore to finish this one.

That being said, the author really does do an excellent job with characterization. As the series progresses some of the secondary characters are really coming into their own. Some of the characters are a bit too over-the-top, and the situations too contrived for my taste, but there is a warmth and sincerity to the author's writing that I find very appealing.

The tone of this book was far more religious than the previous two books. This is not a criticism (this is, after all, Christian Fiction), just an observation.

There is no strong language or sexual content. The story is told in the first person, with Griselda providing the narrative. I would not recommend reading this book without having read at least Book One. In my opinion it just doesn't work as a standalone piece.

Book One:The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow: A Novel of Bright's Pond
Book Two: Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise: A Novel of Bright's Pond
Book Three: Griselda Takes Flight: A Novel of Bright's Pond
Book Four: Blame It On The Mistletoe - A Novel of Bright's Pond
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