What better thing to arrive in the mailbox on a rainy day totally unexpected was a copy of Christmas in Newfoundland 2 by Mike Martin.
Mike writes the series of light mystery gendre of books about Sgt. Windflower, who is an RCMP officer stationed in Newfoundland. I love books set in Canada and written by a Canadian.
I can’t say enough about how lovely this series is, and to have a new book with Christmas short stories is perfect for getting into the Christmas season and holiday spirit. We feel Christmas is a long way off, but in reality it is a lot closer than we think.
There are 13 delightful stories about our favourite characters from the series and perhaps one or two that are Mike’s memories (although that is not mentioned).
It has been a rainy week, and even though I have been tempted to read the book all at once I’ve limited myself to a story or two with a cup of tea on these rainy days. Of course I know it will lead to rereading the other books as well and getting reacquainted with the locations and families that I have grown to love during this series.
One story I really enjoyed was about Herb Stoodley and Tibb’s Eve. Tibb’s Eve is the night before Christmas Eve when friends get together in a house or garage but really it seems to be just an excuse to have a drink. Herb is worried he will miss Tibb’s Eve as Moira wants him to go to Marystown for shopping and the weather isn’t looking good. It starts out clear driving but the snow quickly develops. On his way back after getting the shopping Herb gets stuck on the road, and then encounters another vehicle that is stuck. Being a good Newfoundlander he has to help out this other person who is heading to hospital, in the opposite direction, and he ends up having to stay the night with a cousin. Will he make it to Tibb’s Eve? You’ll have to read and find out.
Stories about Amelia Lousie and Stella are wonderful and you feel you are right there and part of all their antics.
Christmas traditions are such an important part of each Christmas and these stories show how important they are to these families. Remembering the memories and creating new ones for future generations. Reading the stories brought back memories of my childhood Christmas times.
As always thanks to Mike for giving me the opportunity to preview his books. And what better Christmas gift for someone on your list, than a copy of one or more of Mike’s books.
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