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Esther's Gift

by Jan Karon

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Readers flocked home to Mitford last Christmas, making The Mitford Snowmena New York Timesbestseller. In Esther's Gift, Esther Bolick is filled with the holiday spirit as she prepares to bake the annual batch of her famous-and utterly scrumptious-orange marmalade cakes. Right after Christmas Eve service at Lord's Chapel, she and Gene will deliver a two-layer marmalade to each of seven friends and neighbors, all of them favorite Mitford characters. Then Gene calculates what it costs to bake this legendary cake, and Esther is stunned. Is it worth it to spend so much money on people who haven't always measured up to her expectations? The answer is clear. She'll cut her list back-way back. This decision makes perfect sense until the lyrics of a Christmas carol steal into her heart, and help remind her what a gift really means.… (more)
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2.5 A fun little Christmas story I haven’t read in almost 18 years or so. It was a fun giving the second read through and recalling baking the cake recipe at the end of the book. ( )
  Jonez | Oct 24, 2019 |
short sweet Mitford story ( )
  nancynova | Jan 29, 2017 |
Short story with beautiful pictures centered around Esther Bolick, Mitford's resident baker of orange marmalade cakes. She's been making these cakes for years, and almost decides its not worth the trouble, especially after her husband calculates the cost. In the end, she makes all she originally planned to make. ( )
  eliorajoy | Feb 24, 2010 |
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