Christmastime – Mist style!
Gingerbread at Moonglow is the third in the “Moonglow” Christmas themed novellas by Deborah Garner. Set in the Timberton Hotel in the fictional town of Timberton, Montana we catch up again with Mist, Betty, Clive and the others as they prepare for their third annual gathering of friends old and new. Moonglow Café Proprietor Mist makes it her priority to ensure that all guests of the Timberton for this year’s festivities feel welcomed from start to finish. For the repeat guest and the new arrival, once your stay at the Timberton is complete, you will feel like family.
I must confess that this is the first of the Christmas themed novellas that I have had the opportunity to read but the characters are not new to me. Having first been introduced to Mist, Betty and the rest of the Timberton crew in the Paige McKenzie mystery “The Moonglow Café” I was immediately enamored by this close knit Western town where even the local homeless resident is taken care of. This is a bit of a different type of story as the theme is less of a plot line and more of a moment in time where the reader is an observer in the lives of those in the hotel as they celebrate the holidays. It was refreshing, and I look forward to going back and reading the prior years’ offerings as well as the new ones to come. It’s like to have a book now and then that you don’t have to think about and can just enjoy. The Timberton Christmas novellas really fit that bill and I am looking forward to checking in with Betty and the gang for years to come.