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Al's Goose Is Cooked Forced into early retirement, Al Richardson knows what his wife will say when she hears the terrible news. Millie will insist that they open their B&B early. Where will that leave him? Carrying luggage and waiting tables? No way He needs time to come up with another plan. With the help of an unlikely accomplice, Al spends his days scanning want ads and frequenting out-of-town coffee shops in an effort to hide his secret from all of Goose Creek-including his wife. Millie is too busy to notice Al's odd behavior. Between planning a huge Christmas party and holding tight to the reins of newcomer Lulu Thacker-whose tacky decorating schemes are sure to infuriate Main Street business owners-she has no time for anything else. One thing is certain: In Goose Creek, no secret stays hidden for long. The most holy of holidays is swiftly approaching. Is Al in for a Merry Christmas or a Marriage Crisis?… (more)
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This is book four of the "Tales from the Goose Creek B&B" series. I haven't read any of the other books in this series, so it seems to be sufficiently independent of the other books. This is also a novella although I did't see any indication of that in the description. However I was able to read it through twice in just a few hours, so it is short.

This is a great light read filled with zany, quirky characters, a small town feel, and the ability to help you set the mood for the season.

Al and Millie Richardson are in their twilight years, have bought themselves a Bed and Breakfast and just recently remodeled it. They are anticipating their years of retirement when Al is unexpectedly released from his work as computer specialist. His pride was hurt more than anything else, since he was already prepared to retire in another year, so he decides to delay telling his wife for awhile so as not to upset her over the upcoming holidays. Well, that was his excuse anyway.

In the meantime, Mille has her hands full with one of her neighbors who takes on the task of decorating the downtown business district of Goose Creek. The problem is that her tastes clash with those of the community, especially the downtown businesses. She is so distracted with this dilemma that she doesn't notice that her husband suddenly has more time on his hands than he used to.

There are so many amusing moments in this short tale. I enjoyed taking the time to get to know this local community. If you are in the need for momentary breaks during the Christmas season, this is the book for you. It is a pleasant and sweet diversion. ( )
  Beverlylynnt | Nov 30, 2017 |
Great cast of characters. Lulu and Franklin are the loud, uncouth neighbor's everyone tries to avoid. Their tastes in Christmas decorations is tacky, to say the least. Millie and Al are husband and wife who put up with the annoying couple. Funny and light hearted. ( )
  wearylibrarian | Mar 25, 2017 |
This book reminds me of Jan Karon's Mitford series. Even though I haven't read other books in the series, I still connected with the characters quickly and didn't feel too lost as to what was going on. Goose Creek seems like a nice place to live, though I could do without all the decorating issues that come up between the townspeople. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Nov 13, 2016 |
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Al's Goose Is Cooked Forced into early retirement, Al Richardson knows what his wife will say when she hears the terrible news. Millie will insist that they open their B&B early. Where will that leave him? Carrying luggage and waiting tables? No way He needs time to come up with another plan. With the help of an unlikely accomplice, Al spends his days scanning want ads and frequenting out-of-town coffee shops in an effort to hide his secret from all of Goose Creek-including his wife. Millie is too busy to notice Al's odd behavior. Between planning a huge Christmas party and holding tight to the reins of newcomer Lulu Thacker-whose tacky decorating schemes are sure to infuriate Main Street business owners-she has no time for anything else. One thing is certain: In Goose Creek, no secret stays hidden for long. The most holy of holidays is swiftly approaching. Is Al in for a Merry Christmas or a Marriage Crisis?

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