Esther’s Gift, A Mitford Christmas Story by Jan Karon

With some sort of magic, Jan Karon paints amazing stories from simple everyday life events such as gardening, enjoying food, family, friends and pets. Many of the residents are amazingly talented in one or more of those areas. “Esther’s Gift” is a beautiful Christmas story about Esther who makes legendary cakes desired by everyone. In the year of this story, her accountant husband crunches the numbers to figure the cost of each cake she gifts and she decides that maybe the gift of a cake is more extravagant that she’s willing to be. That is, until she is overcome by the spirit of the season. I enjoyed this lovely, charmingly illustrated booklet. I found the story very touching, with a surprise at the end that a true Mitford fan would weep over.