Sunday, September 10, 2017

"The Christmas Blessing" by Melody Carlson

My review...

Carlson is known for her Christmas stories, and her latest is one set during WWII. Amelia Richards has a young son, and she believes her fiance James, the baby's father, was killed when his plane was shot down in the South Pacific. She has no one to turn to, as her family situation is not good. She decides to head to California to meet James' parents and, perhaps, get help from them. Will they welcome her with open arms or question her motives?

Carlson creates characters who are easy to invest in, and they will have you crying and smiling throughout the story. The descriptions are vivid and are perfect for getting the reader in the holiday spirit. Amelia is a brave heroine, who is determined to do all she can to give her baby the best life possible. The story starts to feel a bit rushed as things unfold. This is a novella, so it's a quick read. Though not totally original, there is a nice twist at the end.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.

About Melody...

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in my Flip-Flops), but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors, etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including Romantic Times' Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson visit her website at

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