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Editorial Reviews

Isabel Keating's voice shines in her portrayal of characters who engage in a holiday shop-decorating contest in Savannah, Georgia. Keating's voice reflects antiques dealer Weezie Foley's enthusiasm as she embraces the task of decorating her store in a 1950s' theme. As Weezie makes holiday plans with boyfriend Daniel, her voice is tinged with humor, a tone that contrasts well with his deep, pragmatic tones. Weezie's neighbor, a fellow shop owner in the historic district, has a clear, distinctive Hispanic accent, complete with a touch of smugness that expresses his conviction that he will win the decorating contest. Keating's diction remains crisp and clear, even as she provides many of her characters with lilting Southern accents.

Publisher's Summary

It's the week before Christmas, and antiques dealer Weezie Foley is in a frenzy to deck out her shop for the Savannah historical district decorating contest, which she intends to win. Weezie is ready to shoot herself with her glue gun by the time she's done, but the results are stunning. She's certainly one-upped the owners of the trendy shop around the corner.

But suddenly things start to go missing from her display, and there seems to be an uninvited midnight visitor to her shop. Still, Weezie has high hopes for the holiday, maybe in the form of an engagement ring from her chef boyfriend. But Daniel, always moody at the holidays, seems more distant than usual.

Throw in Weezie's decidedly odd family, a mysterious 1950s Christmas-tree pin, and even a little help from the King himself (Elvis, that is), and maybe there will be a pocketful of miracles for Weezie this Christmas Eve.

©2006 Mary Kay Andrews (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Andrews...nails idiosyncratic Southern charm and teases out a touching denouement." (Publishers Weekly)
"Andrews gives her readers what they have come to expect from her, along with some new twists, in this funny, funky Christmas story." (Booklist)

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Good book, narrator problems

It's almost impossible to ruin one of the "Southern" books by Mary Kay Andrews -- I'm not so fond of the other series, but these books, packed with fun stuff about picking and antiquing and junk shopping -- and selling -- are always interesting. I've both listened to the other books in this series and read them a several times over. Nothing very profound here, just plain old good fun.

That said, this one came close to being ruined by the narrator. In the first two minutes, she committed the first goof -- pronouncing Weezie's wacky sidekick's name as "BeeBee" instead of 'Bay Bay'. It's important, because in one of the earlier books, Andrews makes a big point about how the name is pronounced, and why. So right away, I knew this was going to be a less-than-terrific narrator.

Some of the other accents are just atrocious -- one character she makes sound as though he's a monster, growling, just out of the grave. She messes around with the gay characters in such a way I'm surprised people haven't complained -- it's not pleasant.

Still, you'd have to work harder than this narrator to ruin the book -- its a good short listen, still fun. Just try to let that horrible narration go in one ear and out the other...

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  • Summer
  • Marietta, GA, United States
  • 10-22-09

The jury is still out...

I really LOVE Mary Kay Andrews and have been pleased with the audio versions of all her other books, but the narrator on this one is AWFUL....nothing worse than a BAD Southern accent and words and key names being repeatedly mispronounced...am going to try to listen to it again. My advice is to to the preview and make sure you can deal with the audio....alright...I'm going to try again...I am confident it's going to be a good book...but you know the audio in audiobook is a pretty important word! LOL

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Shallow and dry......

I purchased this audiobook thinking it would be along the same lines as books by Fannie Flagg or Jan Karon..unfortunately it was a far cry! The plot is petty, the language really krass for the circumstances, and the narrator does nothing with her flat voice to improve it..Can't recommend this one folks!

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  • Sarah
  • Swansboro, NC, USA
  • 12-24-07

the right book for the right moment

I packed my ipod with lots of Christmas enjoyment and this book was one of my choices. I enjoyed it very much. It was light and sweet and perfect with a cup of coffee, a pair of scissors, a wee bit of tape, and presents to wrap. This was the perfect book for the moment: what more can you ask?

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Narration ruined it for me.

After listening to Savannah Blues, the first book of this series, I was enchanted by the characters and couldn't wait to listen to more. However, this book was not read by Susan Erickson who developed the original voices and did a magnificent job. In my opinion, when a narrator starts a series and does a wonderful job she/he should continue with the rest of the series using the original voices. I won't listen to any more of this series unless Susan Erickson is the narrator. Too bad because I love the story.

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Nice book, great listen on your way home from work. I got it right after I was done reading the first one. Well I can tell you had narration can ruin good book. This is the case here. It just does not work, the voices are weird and don't sound authentic, odd and times hard to listen, but I finished it as I like the main characters

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  • jj
  • 02-26-18

music?

what was with the music. just popped up randomly and I didn't enjoy it at all.

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Painful from start to finish

I’m not even sure where to start. I loved the first book in this series when I listened to it, and I had previously enjoyed reading the second, so I dove into this one eagerly without checking the sample or reviews. I won’t make that mistake again.

First, the writing is so far afield from the other two books that I repeatedly questioned whether it was really written by the same person. This was a throwaway job. Thin plot, superfluous characters, others virtually ignored, outdated stereotypical ideas (think “all gay people are diviiiiiiiine decorators....”), and gold-digging, avaricious women. Within the first few minutes I was appalled at the slurs used for gay characters, and similarly aghast every time they were repeated (horrifyingly, more than once). The conclusion was predictable but baffling, as the characters were completely unlikable in this production. By the end, I wasn’t really rooting for anyone to be happy.

And the narrator, oh, the narrator. She was beyond appalling. She made every character by turns passive aggressive, bitchy, whiny, snappy, controlling, self-centered, and seriously entitled. I wouldn’t want to be in any kind of relationship with anyone like Weezie or Bebe in this book, let alone how Weezie and Daniel treated each other. All the men sounded like morons, except the Hispanic one. The narrator chose a stereotypical, racist, and thoroughly cringeworthy Speedy-Gonzales-on-helium approach for him.

Adding to this travesty is the fact that Ms. Keating apparently thought it unnecessary to do any research from the previous book’s performance. Every name of import was incorrect: Daniel’s surname, his restaurant, Bebe. The restaurant is apparently now “Wally”. Every wh- word started with a drawn-out woosh of air, and poor Guale suffered the most verbal damage. There also had been such a big deal made out of the fact that Bebe was named with the French pronunciation that calling her “BeeBee” through this book was inexcusable and unprofessional.

Do not even get me started on the same cheap, cheesy jazz lick inexplicably used to pad the beginning and end of each chapter.

I listened to this mess from start to finish for the sole reason that I really enjoy hearing about antiques and picking. There wasn’t much of that in this book, and what there was was tainted by the main character’s pettiness.
This was not redeemed by the weak “Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men because it’s Christmas” bonding attempt as an afterthought at the end. Utterly disappointing.

Everyone who was involved in this production and whoever let it become publicly available should be ashamed of themselves.

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love weezie n beebee<br />.

i love these characters. have read every one of these books with theae characters and i hope she gives us more!

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