The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson


Release Date: September 5, 2017

Publisher: Revell

ISBN: 9780800722708

Genre: Fiction / Christmas / Novella

About the Book:

When she receives the news in late 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 that 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?
Beloved author Melody Carlson pens a story of love, hardship, and reconciliation that will leave readers filled with Christmas joy.

My Thoughts:

Melody Carlson is one of my favorite authors so I’ll read any of her books without having to know anything about it. The Christmas Blessing is this year’s Christmas novella. If you enjoy Hallmark movies, then this would probably be for you. It deals with a somewhat heavy topic about a young woman who is grieving the death of her fiance and longs for a better life for her baby. It’s a quick read (I read it in only a matter of hours), super light, and cheesy cute. It’s more of a contemporary than a romance although there is a tiny bit of that.

While I enjoyed this, it wasn’t my favorite nor do I think this was Melody Carlson’s best. It was well done for a novella, but there were some areas that I wish she explained a little more in detail. I wanted to know what landed Amelia into such poverty and why she was so desperate. I enjoyed that this was a World War II novella and that we had characters who were Navy pilots. I thought the ending was a little rushed and was disappointed to see hardly any of the spiritual content that the author is known for. It is a story of hope, love, and grace.

If you enjoy a light and quick reads, then I’d recommend this for you.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.


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5945About Melody Carlson:

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas BusThe Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington’s, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another GirlAnything but NormalDouble Take, the Life at Kingston High series, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of aRomantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series andFinding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

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