Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Christmas Blessing

The Christmas Blessing 

Hardcover, ebook 

September 5, 2017

by Melody Carlson 

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Revell
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722708

She's determined to give her baby a better life. 
Could a Christmas miracle make it possible?

Not long after she receives the news in 1944 that her baby's father was shot down in the South Pacific, Amelia Richards loses hope. Jobless and broke, she has nowhere to turn for help but her infant's paternal grandparents. The only problem is, they don't know that she--or their grandson--exists. 

When Amelia discovers the family is wealthy and influential, dare she disclose the truth of her relationship with their son? Or could the celebration of the arrival of another unexpected baby nearly two thousand years ago be the answer to her dilemma?

My thoughts:  THE CHRISTMAS BLESSING is a sweet novella that I easily read in a few hours.  It is similar to a short story I read maybe a year ago by another author, but slightly different. Both involved unwed mothers who never married their soldiers before they were killed at war. Both contacted the man's parents for help with the baby. Both parents wanted to adopt the baby.... etc.  The other story the heroine was a waitress, this one she's a hairdresser. Otherwise, pretty much the same.  Including the twist at the end.
I loved James's father, he was a real sweetie. His mother wasn't near as awful as the one lady made her sound, and I was glad that Amelia landed on her feet when she arrived with nothing except the clothes on her back and her baby. Unexpected cash, cheap rooms, a job almost immediately, and of course, James' family. 

A feel-good  holiday story by acclaimed author Melody Carlson that will be a welcome addition to anyone's reading list, and an ideal gift under the Christmas tree for an avid reader on your  list. The local library would undoubtedly love to be a recipient of this book, too!  

I look forward to Ms. Carlson's annual Christmas story. THE CHRISTMAS BLESSING is not my favorite, but it is definitely good. 

I received a copy of this book free and all opinions are my own. 

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with combined sales of more than six million. She is the author of several Christmas books, including the bestselling The Christmas BusThe Christmas DogChristmas at Harrington'sThe Christmas CatThe Christmas Joy Ride, and The Christmas Angel Project. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at


Marilyn R. said...

Melody Carlson's Christmas stories are always enjoyable reads. The Christmas Cat is probably my favorite, partly because I'm a cat lover.

Unknown said...

Great review! I always enjoy Melody Carlson's Christmas books too!

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