Friday, December 7, 2018

"Mandie and Joe's Christmas Surprise" by Lois Gladys Leppard

About this book:

  “In this festive holiday story, Mandie finds herself in charge of the Christmas Eve skit at the church in Franklin, North Carolina. With Joe Woodard’s help, Mandie decides to plan a very special event that will remind everyone of the true meaning of the season.
The week before Christmas, Mandie and Joe secretly round up the orphan children in town and hide them in the church basement. As the stars of her Christmas skit, the little orphans need a place to stay, but will Mandie’s Christmas performance compel the people of Franklin to provide a permanent home for the children?
A Charming Christmas Story With a Script at the End for Mandie Fans to Perform.”

Series: Part of the Mandie series, but is considered to be an extra book and not part of the main series. Best to read in the middle of the main series but can be read at any time after the first book because this book is not mentioned in other books nor are other books mentioned besides the first book’s events.

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned, read, & remembered (mainly at the end with Mandie reading the Christmas story); Set during and around Christmas; Prayers; Talks about God, Christmas, & churches; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Many mentions of the first Christmas, reading it, & those in the Bible; Many mentions of Christmas, a play, songs/hymns, churches, church going, Sunday school, pastors, & sermons; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & praying A couple mentions of thanking & praising God; A mention of being blessed;
             *Note: Mentions of the devil (Liza wonders if he is at a spooky church & Mandie quickly says that the devil wouldn’t come into God’s house); A mention of Santa Claus.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘shucks’; A rude man calls Mandie a ‘half-breed’, but she yelled back that that what God made her (this happens in the story and in the script); Mandie does keep from her parents about the orphans and their part in the play; Mentions of a bootleggers brewing alcohol; A couple mentions of orphans being beaten; A mention of a (spooky) graveyard.

Sexual Content- N/A.

-Amanda “Mandie” Shaw, age 13
                                P.O.V. of Mandie
                                    Set in the early 1901
                                            128 pages

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My personal Rating-

After completing the main Mandie series, it’s been bittersweet not reviewing those books anymore! This is considered an extra Mandie book that really isn’t connected to any of the books besides being set after the first book’s events. While I would have liked the ending to be a little bit better, it was still a good story and nice to see Mandie and Joe again.

See y’all on Monday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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