Sunday, December 06, 2020

Book Review: "Christmas in Newfoundland" by Mike Martin

Christmas is approaching, so I'm sharing a Christmas book written by my favourite Canadian author, Mike Martin. I discovered his Sgt. Windflower mystery series through Linda at Crafty Gardener. Here's a guest post Mike did for her blog.

Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries is part of the Sgt. Windflower series. It includes heartwarming stories with the series characters, and personal memories about Christmases past.

The theme of each story is the wonder, spirit and caring of the Christmas season. I enjoyed hearing how Sheila and Sgt. Winston Windflower celebrated the season in Grand Bank, but I found the chapters about Christmas remembrances from the perspectives of children and seniors who lived in Newfoundland the most interesting. I'm pretty sure some came right from Mike's own life.

I've been to Newfoundland twice. I've been to St. John's but never Grand Bank. It was heart warming to read about how families celebrated this special time of the year in times past and small towns.



I'm an only child and grew up in Compton, California. We always traveled to Modesto to spend Christmas week with my grandparents. I loved visiting their country home and learning about our family's Swedish and Norwegian heritage through foods and traditions.

Christmas Eve is very special for us. Wayne and I were married in front of the Christmas tree at my parent home in Sun City. What could be a better present to give and receive?


Mom and Dad taste testing the turkey in 1990.


Wayne made a childhood Christmas dream come true soon after we were married. As a child, I always hoped to find a pony on the front lawn. At 35 years of age, Wayne walked me to the stable near our Pomona home on Christmas morning to introduce me to my very own Christmas horse, Misty. What a huge surprise.

Thanks Mike for inspiring me to think back to Christmases past to find and relive the joys they brought in my own family.

Enjoy the season by curling up with an inspiring Christmas book. You can find Christmas in Newfoundland in print and Kindle formats at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.


There's the monthly Book Review Club for teen/young adult and adult fiction over at Barrie Summy's blog.

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Also shared with Your the Star at Stone Cottage Adventures and Book Review Linkup at Lovely Audio Books.

22 comments:

  1. All the best for your Arizona adventures. This is the third time I've seen the Windlower series recommended. I had not heard of it but I'm now intrigued.

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    1. Thanks Susan. We are enjoying the sun and warmth. Unfortunately we can't come home to Powell River in January. The 14-day quarantine in the condo and current travel restrictions make it impossible. We'll return to Arizona after Christmas in Bellingham and hope by March things are better. - Margy

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  2. a lot of memories about Christmas... thank you for sharing well written review of interesting book.

    Have a great weekend

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    1. Christmas was always an important holiday to celebrate in my family growing up. Now that there are just the two of us it is much smaller, but memorable. - Margy

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  3. What a lovely review! Thank you for sharing your personal memories, too. I've added Christmas in Newfoundland to my list. Thank you for reviewing!

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    1. He will have a new book coming out next year. That's something to look forward to. - Margy

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  4. I agree with what Barrie said. Lovely review and I liked that you shared your own personal memories.

    Thanks for reviewing the book. :)

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    1. It was fun to think back to special holidays. - Margy

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  5. Love the personal memories and also the report on the book. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I enjoyed sharing the wonderful book, and the happy thoughts it brought back. - Margy

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  6. Lovely memories, and a great review. I've read some of his.

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    1. Christmas is hard without my family. Wayne and I don't do much to celebrate, but it is still an important time of year. - Margy

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  7. It's nice when a book brings back pleasant memories. So glad you enjoyed reading it. Tweeted and shared.

    Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thanks for tweeting and sharing it for me. - Margy

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  8. Charming. Wish I had found a heartwarming book to read instead of a heartstopping one.

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    1. I'm not looking for hear stopping right now. Too much of that in real life. - Margy

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  9. Margy - what a terrific story about the pony. I knew it already, but your hubby is a keeper!!!

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    1. He is a keeper for sure. It was my first Christmas horse, and a surprise. Before that I did gave two horses. My parents bought me one when I was in junior high school and later had a foal to raise, all in the suburbs of Los Angeles. - Margy

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  10. What a sweet Christmas story! I too dreamed of getting a horse for Christmas, but that wasn't possible in NYC and now I have too many back problems to ride. That book would make a cute gift. I love the cover!

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    1. The Los Angeles riverbed wasn't the best place to have my first horse. When I was little and rode rental horses with my dad it wasn't a cement channel, but by the time I got the first one of my own it was, making the trails short and dangerous in places. - Margy

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  11. Sounds like a great series of books, I'll add it to my list. I love book reviews.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. His books are a nice mix of police investigations and homespun tales. - Margy

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