The Christmas Pony

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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's. She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market. She lives with her husband in Oregon.
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Overview

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's. She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market. She lives with her husband in Oregon.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780800719272
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 169
  • Sales rank: 369,764
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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 Bus, The 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 Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of 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. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.For more information about Melody visit her website at www.melodycarlson.com.
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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Enjoyable

    Very enjoyable. Believable that it happened. We all wanted ponies for Christmas.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

    Monday, November 12, 2012 The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson,

    Monday, November 12, 2012
    The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson, ©2012

    With Christmas around the corner, the Turnbull family is in need of a few small miracles.

    It is 1937, and Lucy Turnbull knows better than to wish
    for a pony this Christmas. Her mother has assured her in no
    uncertain terms that asking for a pony is the same as asking for
    the moon. Besides, the only extra mouths they need at their
    boarding house are the paying kind. Then an interesting pair of
    strangers comes to town, and Lucy's world changes forever.

    Lucy was about halfway to town when she heard a car coming down the road behind her. It was making a lot of noise, and when she looked, smoke was billowing all around it. She stepped to the side of the road as the pale yellow car slowly sputtered and clunked past her. It looked like a pretty car. Too bad it didn't work right.
    When Lucy got to town, she noticed the pale yellow car parked in front of Hempley's Garage, and a man in a brown suit was talking to Mr. Hempley. But it was the lady getting out of the car who really captured Lucy's attention. Wrapped in a royal blue coat with a big silver fur collar, she had shining hair almost the same color as the pale yellow car and cut short with bangs that curled like a fringe around her pretty face.
    As Lucy got closer, she could see the lady's rosy cheeks and lips of scarlet red. She looked just like a real movie star!
    "Hello, doll." The lady smiled down at Lucy.
    "Hello," Lucy managed to say back to her.
    "Is there a place I can buy a soda around here?" Her voice sounded as sweet as sugar and honey.
    ***
    Lucy's adventure is beginning! This is the most excitement she has seen in ages, that is as far as she can remember, anyway. Mr. Hempley is shaking his head. Hmm. Maybe they will need to stay a few days while he orders parts! And... remember, Lucy and her mother's conversation... Christmas is about to happen and they have a boarding house. Isn't it convenient that Lucy happened to walk this way at this exact moment!

    Lucy has been making Christmas presents and wishes. And... half way through, I had some wishes of my own!

    Melody Carlson! What a beautiful, sweet story. I love how you have written from the viewpoint of the little girl ~*~ so reminiscent of childhood and the wonder of anticipation. Could we not set aside our cares, and become like a child again?

    I have not read a Christmas story in a long time that compares to The Christmas Pony. A story of dreams and hopes that are not deterred in the eyes of a little girl for her family. You will want to read this story year after year. It will become a keeper on your bookshelf. Lucy's father has died and her mother and grandmother have turned their country home into a boarding house with delicious home cooking. Well worth the travel to get down their winding road. Interesting guests are brought in December at a time when they are needed, in answer to Lucy's prayers for God to bring them paying boarders. The house description so fits the times. Pull down string to turn the light on and off in the bedroom, the worn stair tread creaks, the scents of Christmas. Adding an electric light to lengthen the day so the chickens continue to lay eggs. Lucy's daily chores. Love that keeps them together. Lucy has the "same little goading girl" at school that we all have had at one time or another. And the much anticipated Christmas program at church. Fun for all with wonder and excitement. During times of hope and plodding on, the family works together. A beautiful story. Reminiscent of a home and people we all would love, The Christmas Pony is a story to read aloud and enjoy together.

    MELODY CARLSON is the award winning author of over two hundred books, including fiction, nonfiction, and gift books including these bestselling Christmas novellas: The Joy of Christmas: An Irish Christmas, All I Have to Give, and The Christmas Dog; The Treasure of Christmas: The Christmas Bus, Gift of Christmas Present, and Angels in the Snow; and Christmas at Harrington's. She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market. Melody writes books for adults, young adults, and children. I have thoroughly enjoyed her novels. The Christmas Pony will make a wonderful Christmas story gift book for everyone on your list. Melody lives with her husband in Sisters, Oregon.

    Thank you to Revell Blog Tour for inviting me and sending a copy of The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson to review in my own words.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Highly recommended

    This book is good reading for pre teens

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2012

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    Melody Carlson in her new book, ¿The Christmas Pony¿ published b

    Melody Carlson in her new book, “The Christmas Pony” published by Revell lets us experience Christmas with Lucy Turnbull and her family.

    From the back cover: With Christmas around the corner, the Turnbull family is in need of a few small miracles.

    It is 1937, and Lucy Turnbull knows better than to wish for a pony this Christmas. Her mother has assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony is the same as asking for the moon. Besides, the only extra mouths they need at their boarding house are the paying kind. Then an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, and Lucy’s world changes forever.

    There is a reason why there are so many stories about Christmas on the television about this time and that reason is everyone loves a good story where the spirit of Christmas changes a person by healing them of old hurts to free them to be themselves. That’s why everyone wishes Christmas could last all year round. Melody Carlson knows how to write and she has delivered one of the finest Christmas stories yet. “The Christmas Pony” is set in the little town of Maple Grove and focuses on young Lucy Turnbull and her three wishes: her mothers smile to come back, a new daddy and a Christmas pony all in time for Christmas. This is a wonderful story about the faith of a child and how God really hears and answers our prayers. ”The Christmas Pony” is one sweet read that you might want to read twice and then keep it handy to read again next year.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

    “Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2012

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    A Heartwarming Story

    Eight-year-old Lucy Turnbull knows that times are hard in Maple Grove. But as Christmas 1937 approaches, she can’t help but wish (and pray) for a pony, as well as the boarders her mother says they need. Lucy lives with her mother and grandmother in the small farming community. Since her father’s death, the Turnbulls turned their home into a boarding house to help make ends meet. Picking up supplies in town, Lucy learns a couple are stranded while their car is being repaired. She tells them about their boarding house. One pray answered so surely she will get her pony too. Lucy doesn’t want just any pony, but the dapple gray pony the Greenburgs down the road have for sale. She and Smoky are friends and she can’t image anyone else taking him. With the arrival of the couple at the boarding house, life as the Turnbulls know it becomes busy and confusing. The strangers aren’t married, but merely traveling companions on their way to California. The woman wants to become a movie star and the man is looking for work. Days before Christmas Lucy finds herself making new wishes and prays that could change her world forever. THE CHRISTMAS PONY is a charming story that can be read in an afternoon. The story is short and so compelling you won’t be able to put it down. Author Melody Carlson has combined all the right elements for a heartwarming, feel-good Christmas story. The characters are well-developed, realistic and unforgettable. Told from the youngster’s point of view, the story moves at a smooth, steady pace. Billed as a historical romance, THE CHRISTMAS PONY is also inspiring, a bit suspenseful, and humorous. This delightful tale can be shared with all ages at any time of the year. If you want to believe the impossible is possible, THE CHRISTMAS PONY is the book to reinforce your faith. FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book as part of a blog tour and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

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    The Christmas Pony

    A sweet Christmas story read...the year is 1937 and the we are near Flagstaff AZ. The country is still having hard times, but is starting to come out of the depression.
    Lucy Turnbull lives with her Mom, and Grandmother. Her Dad passed away a few years ago, and her Mom has turned her home into a boarding house. When two travelers turn up in town with a broken down car, Lucy advises them that her Mom is a great cook, and has rooms available.
    Her Mom is surprised and doesn't quite approve of this couple, but they do need the income. With the arrival of these two, an aspiring actress, and an unemployed Lawyer, things are about to change forever.
    This is a delightful story and so appropriate for this time of the year. It is also a very fast read, enjoy!

    I received this book from the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    The Christmas Pony was a truly delightful read.   Carlson's char

    The Christmas Pony was a truly delightful read.   Carlson's characters were well developed and endearing.  Lucy knew they couldn't afford a pony, let alone afford to feed it.   But she prayed for one anyway.   Just as she prayed that her mama's smile would return to her sweet face.   Needing boarders for their extra rooms, Lucy prayed and  it seemed her prayers were answered.   Two extra boarders over the Christmas holidays were just what they needed to make ends meet.




    The story is told by Lucy; an eight year old without a belief in Santa Claus, but a firm belief that God can and does answer prayer.  Although there are bumps along the way, Lucy's dreams are about to come true!  The innocence of a child was portrayed beautifully and I smiled from ear to ear as I read the final chapter.   It was a lovely and joyful read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    A sweet story

    A sweet story of the unshakable dreams of a young girl during the depression. A story to read every Christmas.

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