Christmas at Harrington's

Christmas at Harrington's

by Melody Carlson

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Christmas at Harrington's by Melody Carlson

Christmas is approaching, and Lena Markham finds herself penniless, friendless, and nearly hopeless. She is trying to restart her life after false accusations landed her in prison, but job opportunities are practically nonexistent. When a secondhand red coat unexpectedly lands her a job as Mrs. Santa at a department store, Lena finally thinks her luck is changing. But can she keep her past a secret?

This tender story about fresh starts will charm readers as all of Melody Carlson's Christmas offerings do. Full of redemption and true holiday spirit, Christmas at Harrington's will be readers' newest Christmas tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441213587
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 475,677
File size: 287 KB

About the Author

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
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over 200 books with sales of more than 7 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and contemporary romances. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at

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Christmas at Harrington's 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
I must say that I am guilty of judging a book by its cover, when I saw the cover for Christmas at Harrington's I immediately felt like it was going to be an amazing Christmas story, on the cover you find yourself on a street of any small town in the USA, you have a smiling lady, dressed in a red coat peering into a store window with a display of a Christmas tree and toys snowflakes falling all around her, its just beautiful and depicts the holiday season perfectly. In this story we are introduced to Lena Markham,its less than four weeks till Christmas and she has just been released from prison after serving and eight year sentence for a crime she didn't commit, she was set up by her husband to take the fall for something he did. She decides she wants a fresh start in a new town, so a social worker puts together a release package for her, finding a town to locate her to, setting her up with a place to live and a temporary job, and a bus trip to get her to get her there, while on the bus she meets an elderly lady, Moira who befriends her,telling Lena that she knows despite whatever happened in her past she is sure Lena is a good person. Once they get off the bus together in New Haven, MN she is introduced to Moira's son Sam, who is a lawyer. She soon realizes that the job that she anticipated isn't there, and the only job available is playing Mrs. Santa. Can Lena find the new start in this town she hopes for, and can she keep her past a secret, and what about Sam, how does he play into all of this, you need to read this heartwarming story of second chances to find out! While the story that unfolded inside the pages of this book wasn't exactly what I anticipated , it is exactly what the holiday season is all about, a perfect Christmas read filled with hope, inspiration and second chances.
BookReviewsByMolly More than 1 year ago
One of my most favorite times of the year is Christmas. I love the colors, the feel, the sounds, and the smells. Yep, the smells! But I also love reading the Christmas stories that authors write, so, when Christmas at Harrington's by Melody Carlson became available, I couldn't resist wanting to review it! Not only did it sound like a really sweet read, I fell in love with the cover. The cover scene really came to life for me and instantly captivated me for the story! Christmas at Harrington's is a sweet and interesting read. A woman inmate left go five years early for good behavior from a crime she insists she didn't commit ends up playing Mrs. Santa in the town of Harrington???? Now THAT is a different twist on Christmas! But, it's one with wonderful characters and messages of God's redeeming love. I loved Lena. She was a wonderful character created with love by Melody Carlson. But, my most favorite character, was sweet little Jemima, so innocent and full of hope. Jemima and Lena, I found, had something in common: they both wanted a new life and a new start that's full of happiness, even if meant being Mrs. Santa in Harrington's Department Store and having a new name. Through Lena, Jemima, one warm festive coat and God, Melody Carlson creates a story full of love,laughter and hope. Carrying a message of God's redeeming grace, and what Christmas is really all about (through the telling of Twas' the Night Before Christmas Nativity Story-also written by Melody Carlson-in which I MUST MUST MUST get!), this book is one that MUST NOT be missed by any book lover. If you love Christmas and a good story written by a wonderfully talented author, this 5 star book is the place to start this holiday season, or if you have a book lover in your life, add this to their Christmas gift list!
Granny-NannyMH More than 1 year ago
This will be one of my favorite Christmas classics. Melody Carlson shares the spirit of Christmas through many characters throughout. Theres even a dose of the "humbugs" in this book. You can't help falling in love with Lena and you wish you were there to defend her. There were tears and joy, anger and a "Peace on Earth" ending. I love books that draw on my emotions and this one took me on a real rollercoaster ride. I loved it.
Robert Boyer More than 1 year ago
a lot of skeptic people and unforgiving people need to read this book. Thank you Mrs. Carlson this is your first book i have read and enjoyed reading it....thanks again. wonderful book
booksandteainthemorning More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Melody Carlson's yearly Christmas novella. Within this story, the reader finds messages of redemption and hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for the read.
AAR More than 1 year ago
CHRISTMAS AT HARRINGTON'S by Melody Carlson is a wonderful inspirational Christmas contemporary fiction set in modern day New Haven,MN.It is well written with depth,details, is fast paced and a page turner. It has redemption, forgiveness, selflessness, starting over, Christmas spirit, faith, past secrets, hopelessness,past betrayal, new hope, prison, past mistakes, holiday spirit and a new twist to Santa Claus in the mall....enter Mrs. Santa Claus. The characters are enduring, enchanting,and will keep you full of the holiday spirit. Lena, betrayed by her husband, family and friends was sent to prison for eight years for a crime she did not commit. When she is released she decides to move to a new town, New Haven,for a fresh start, where no one knows her or so she hoped. Here she befriends an older lady, a young mother,her little girl and a young girl who is fighting Leukemia. A unexpected red coat lands her a job at Harrington's as none other than... Mrs. Santa Claus. This is a wonderful Christmas story full of hope, redemption, making new friendships, and finding a fresh start. I would recommend this book especially if you enjoy a fresh look at the holiday spirit. This will be a new Christmas tradition. This book was received for the publisher for review and details can be found at Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Melody Carlson in her new book, "Christmas At Harrington's" published by Revell gives us a story that will really get us into the Christmas spirit. Lena Markham has made a lot of mistakes in her life and the big one was trusting someone who she thought loved her and who got her sent to prison for things he did. Now, seven years later, she is free to start her life over and she leaves it to the prison official as to where. So with a bus ticket, $65, second hand clothes and a job waiting for her she boards a bus for New Haven, MN. Man has plans and God has plans and His plans overwrite our plans so when Lena does not get the promised job God steps in. Seems Lena has been nice to others that she meets, that is her nature, and she has a red coat so she is offered the position of Ms. Santa At 167 pages "Christmas At Harrington's" is a novella that has warmth and charm to it. It is a story about Christmas but it is a story about people, who we are and how we relate to others. And this is a story about second chances. God is a God of restoration and redemption and Ms. Carlson shows us how hard God works for us as He changes Lena;s life. Yes, it is time for Christmas and there is no better way to begin than with this wonderful story. It is even a book that can be given as a gift to everyone just to remind them who we are and how God moves in our lives. We all need a reminder at times and this is a nice way to do it. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves 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 November 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Christmas at Harrington's by Melody Carlson is a enjoyable novella perfect for the busy holiday season. Lena Markham has just been released from eight years in prison in time for Christmas. With no desire to return to the hometown that turned on her, she decides to start over in New Haven, Minnesota. When a donated red coat gets her a job as Mrs. Santa it seems like her life is getting better, but will the sins of her past haunt and destroy her chance of a future? Lena is a terrific character, completely selfless and willing to help out strangers. Her desire to help others quickly gains her friends in the community, and her attitude to portraying Mrs. Santa is inspiring and fun. Yes, the book is a bit sentimental, but if you can't read an overtly sentimental book at Christmas, when can you? This is the perfect season to remember to give people a second chance, to reach out to those in need and allow Christ's birth to renew our love for each other! Carlson's writing, as always, is filled with terrific characters and unexpected twists.
SandraHeptinstall More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to this book by its cover. It shows a woman looking into a store window at a Christmas tree and toys. It is snowing and the woman has a smile on her face. Yet when I began to read the book I found this was not your normal Christmas fare. Lena has just been released from prison where she had been incarcerated for eight years. She had gone from an over bearing father who Lena learned at an early age to do whatever he wanted, and to not question anything or else she was spanked with a wooden spoon. Into a marriage with a man who turns out to be just like her father. Only Lena's husband posed as a minister and it was because of him that she was convicted of a crime she did not commit. While on a bus ride to what would become her new home, Lena is befriended by an elderly lady who believes that Lena is a good person, no matter what has happened in her past. Can Lena really begin again? Or will her past catch up to her? There is only one way to know and that is to buy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Melody books!
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Really good
pitterpatter13 More than 1 year ago
Best Christmas I've ever read! It is so realistic. But, without giving it away, the ending is the absolute best. Lots of lessons to be learned. Lots of respect for the author, Melody Carlson. You MUST read this heartwarming Christmas story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For such a short book it covers a wealth of situations. So many topics we need to think more about all year long. Seems very apropriate for teenagers and adults of all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feel good Christmas story.Lena is looking for a fresh start in a new town after serving time in prison for a crime she didnt commit.Things start looking up when she finds a new job playing Mrs. Santa in a department store.But as usual theres always someone to come along to bring others down.They are so certain they know what they are talking about, they take it upon themselves to let everyone know. Its about not giving up. digging deep to find inner strenght that comes from God. Its about second chances, forgiveness, kindness. We all could learn alittle something if we realize yes it could happen to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well-written and really quite enjoyable
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
Excellent Christmas story! Melody Carlson writes wonderful Christian fiction, and this one met my expectations yet again. And isn't the cover art so beautiful? Lena Markham, just released from prison, sets out in a new town to make a new name for herself. The plan is to get a job at Harrington's. It's Christmastime, and spectacular things happen often at that time of year. A few unexpected lives cross paths with Lena's, and before she knows it, she's on a different path than the one she intended. A few good people and opportunities come along, right beside the nasty things that seem to pop up, even though Lena tries to avoid them. I thought that Christmas at Harrington's makes for a lovely book to read in December to get you in the Christmas spirit. There were definitely some surprises along the way as you follow Lena around New Haven. Add this book to your Christmas list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet christmas story. Lena was just released from prison and falsely accused of stealing money from her church. She is on her way to a little town to start her new life when she meets up with an older woman on the bus. Lena's life begins to change for the better. There are some problems but the christmas spirit helps her to begin anew. A sweet story. And if you are love feel good stories centered around christmas, you will enjoy this story. Merry Chridtmas to all and to all a good night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have several of this authors books, and each one I have read is delightful and heart warming. This book was, too.
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According to free nook books, this is supposed to be free. $9.99 is not free! Shame cause it sounded like a really cute book!
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very nice story. would recommed wish it was longer