The Christmas Blessing

The Christmas Blessing

by Melody Carlson

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ISBN-13: 9780800722708
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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 Bus, The Christmas Dog, Christmas at Harrington's, The Christmas Cat, The 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 www.melodycarlson.com.

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The Christmas Blessing 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Blessing tugged at my heartstrings! I delighted in the nostalgic atmosphere of this story, as well as its characterization. Along her tumultuous journey, Amelia Richards endeared herself to me, and my heart ached for her and her struggles. This touching tale is one of love and loss, hardship and hope. I look forward to Melody Carlson’s heartwarming holiday stories each year and am happy to add The Christmas Blessing to my collection. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
RobinWillson 13 days ago
Emotional, mind blowing story of a young couple who met during the war. He was on leave in San Diego, she met him and they fell in love. He's sent back to the war before they could be married, but she had his baby 9 months later. She goes to Montana to meet his parents and the story unfolds. Deeply touching, intensely frustrating, and the story twists in ways unexpected. Hard to put down!!!! This has got to be one of Melody's best works. For an author that good, it's saying a lot. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. 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.”
KrittersRamblings 28 days ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Let me first say that I am all for a cheesy Christmas hallmark movie, so I am glad to try out a few of these shorter stories that are a little too long to be novellas, but short and sweet for the holidays. This one is historical as it takes place in 1944 and Amelia Richards met a man just as he is shipped off and after he is gone she realizes she is pregnant. She ends up finding him on the deceased list from the war and she has almost nothing to her name. She sets out on an adventure to find his family and hopefully find some emotional and physical help.
MrsTina42MR 8 months ago
The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson I enjoy reading Christmas stories anytime and with the setting during WWII make it even more enjoyable. My favorite character is the doctor but I did not care much for his wife. There are some twists and turns in the story that had me guessing what the outcome would be. I appreciate the faith aspect woven within the story-line. All and all, a very heartwarming story. ~I won a copy of this book from Goodreads via the author/publisher (no monetary gain was exchanged), this is my honest review~
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
What is it about romance set among the backdrop of the war? Perhaps its the sensing that time is of the essence and it inspires people to share their truth heartfelt feelings with one another in the event that they will be taken from them far too soon. If you're like me and LOVE that nostalgic romance set during WWII, then pick up Melody Carlson's novel, The Christmas Blessing. It is set in San Diego during 1944 with that romantic couple who have met and instantly fallen in love. Yet before they can marry, James Bradley is called back to his base to be deployed without a moment's notice. Poor Amelia Richards has a completed intent to wed certificate that James filled out and knows that hopefully this war will end soon and James will return so they can marry. But fate is that ugly judge of what will happen and Amelia learns that James has died and will not be coming home. Now she has to deal with the outcome of what she will be able to do, when she realizes that their one night of romance has conceived a son from that night. As a single mother, not even being able to claim war widow status, she remembers that James told her a bit about her family that lives in Montana and she is sure that perhaps they might even want to help her and poor Jimmie out. As she plans on making the trip to Montana she isn't sure what she will do if James' parents don't believe her or worse, attempt to take Jimmie away seeing as she is not even married. How could she possibly afford to take care of Jimmie when they don't even know what will happen next. So she takes what money she has in an attempt to give it ago while she searches for James parents, until then she will simply stay a few days at the cheapest hotel in hopes of finding a job as a beautician locally and fate will smile favorably on her this time. What she doesn't plan on is that she is coming down with a pretty horrible cold and now it seems she has passed it along to Jimmie. Without any funds how will she be able to provide care for both of them. I received The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson compliments of NetGalley and Revell Publishing Group, a division of Baker Publishing. This is such a wonderful story and I don't want to give any more away. The setting is heartwarming and the overall situation is completely believable as something that probably happened to many young men and women during the 1940's. Fans of anything relating to WWII will absolutely adore this short novel that really feels like so much more. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and reminds you that God can even work a miracle during the most tumultuous of times.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
I have such mixed feelings about this book. I’ve never read Melody Carlson before but I keep hearing amazing things. When the opportunity to review ‘The Christmas Blessing’ came my way I jumped on it. A Christmas story by a much spoken of author, how could I resist? While I liked the overall writing style and voice of this author this story should not have been my starter pack so to speak. It’s still a pretty amazing book but there were a few things that I couldn’t overlook. Can we say predictable? With only one notable exception (that I will not spoiler you with) I knew where the story was headed at every turn. It may have meandered a few times but it never left the track outside that one time. Predictability and cliche are kissin’ cousins. Poor girl from a questionable family meets rich boy who is surrounded by love. Whirlwind romance, he goes off to war. Boy killed in war. Girl faces boy’s family with baby in tow, baby that no one knew about. It doesn’t end there but lets face it, I can’t just hand you the story, you have to read it. I feel like there is a glaring lack of depth in the character development and even the story development. There were definitely places this book took us that deserved (and were wide open for) more depth, more detail, just more. It would have enhanced the characters as well as the overall story. Sometimes it all comes down to details. If you are ticking off all my bookish pet peeves listed in the proceeding paragraph then you are probably thinking why I rated this book so high. I have high expectations for books and characters and story. Here’s the thing. Sometimes writing can overcome certain flaws. I’m not sure if this book was supposed to be novella but I didn’t come across that feeling anywhere, except the number of pages. It fits somewhere between novel and novella. If I review from the novella perspective then I can forgive certain things like lack of detail. The author has a writing style that reached to me through my judgemental snarkiness. (You know you think it sometimes!) The characters weren’t fully functional in the world but they still griped my heart. The story line was spotty at times but it was still enough to pull me in. I didn’t care that I knew the story. I didn’t care that it was predictable and cliche and missing so many things. I was engaged. Sometimes, especially this time a year, engaged says a lot. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
I have such mixed feelings about this book. I’ve never read Melody Carlson before but I keep hearing amazing things. When the opportunity to review ‘The Christmas Blessing’ came my way I jumped on it. A Christmas story by a much spoken of author, how could I resist? While I liked the overall writing style and voice of this author this story should not have been my starter pack so to speak. It’s still a pretty amazing book but there were a few things that I couldn’t overlook. Can we say predictable? With only one notable exception (that I will not spoiler you with) I knew where the story was headed at every turn. It may have meandered a few times but it never left the track outside that one time. Predictability and cliche are kissin’ cousins. Poor girl from a questionable family meets rich boy who is surrounded by love. Whirlwind romance, he goes off to war. Boy killed in war. Girl faces boy’s family with baby in tow, baby that no one knew about. It doesn’t end there but lets face it, I can’t just hand you the story, you have to read it. I feel like there is a glaring lack of depth in the character development and even the story development. There were definitely places this book took us that deserved (and were wide open for) more depth, more detail, just more. It would have enhanced the characters as well as the overall story. Sometimes it all comes down to details. If you are ticking off all my bookish pet peeves listed in the proceeding paragraph then you are probably thinking why I rated this book so high. I have high expectations for books and characters and story. Here’s the thing. Sometimes writing can overcome certain flaws. I’m not sure if this book was supposed to be novella but I didn’t come across that feeling anywhere, except the number of pages. It fits somewhere between novel and novella. If I review from the novella perspective then I can forgive certain things like lack of detail. The author has a writing style that reached to me through my judgemental snarkiness. (You know you think it sometimes!) The characters weren’t fully functional in the world but they still griped my heart. The story line was spotty at times but it was still enough to pull me in. I didn’t care that I knew the story. I didn’t care that it was predictable and cliche and missing so many things. I was engaged. Sometimes, especially this time a year, engaged says a lot. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
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.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
The Christmas season just wouldn't seem complete without reading a Christmas novella from Melody Carlson. This year's offering is an historical romance set during WWII. The story is one that happened all too often during that time. Amelia is working at the USO when she meets Navy pilot James and quickly falls in love. The two plan to marry but before they can go to the Justice of the Peace James has to ship out. Soon after James is MIA and presumed dead. And if things couldn't get worse Amelia discovers she's pregnant. When the story begins we find Amelia struggling to provide for her and little Jimmy. She's a beautician but having a tiny baby isn't the easiest thing to juggle along with working. She's decided to head to Montana to possibly meet James' family and perhaps make a fresh start. Poor Amelia sustains blow after blow until she ultimately can't stand back up again. She has agonizing decisions to make that force her to set aside her hopes and dreams and choose a selfless path. As with all of Melody's stories this one tugged at the heartstrings and wound up being a lovely ending. (You can't have an awful ending for a Christmas story!) I'm once again impressed with her ability to pack so much into a small story without it feeling rushed. If you are a lover of Christmas stories treat yourself to this one. It would also make a wonderful little Christmas gift for someone that needs a little lift this time of year. I received a copy of this ebook to facilitate my review.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Unmarried woman, young baby, fiancé dead, no money, nowhere else to go. Melody Carlson has written a poignant story, The Christmas Blessing, about a young woman during World War II. While living in San Diego, Amelia had met and fallen in love with a young pilot. A wartime romance, short and sweet. They’d acquired their marriage license and planned to be married the next day. But James got orders to report for active duty that night. He left for war and left her pregnant. Not wanting the stigma of being an unwed mother, Amelia quit her job as a beautician and moved across town to another salon. But she knew she needed more for her baby, Jimmy, named after his dad. Eventually, she found out James’s plane had gone down and he was lost. Practically destitute, unwilling to lean on the support of her roommate any longer, she headed out by train to the small town of Rockford where James’s parents lived. Amelia hoped they would accept her and her son. While on the train, Amelia’s wallet was stolen with the remainder of her savings and what money she’d received from selling her engagement ring and buying a plain gold band. What was she going to do now? She didn’t want to just present herself and her son on her in-law’s doorstep, but her money was almost gone and her son was ill. The Christmas Blessing is a sweet, sweet story. Formulaic to be sure, but worth the read. Amelia is a lovable woman and her father-in-law, Doctor Bradley, a prince of a man. Her mother-in-law? Well … Melody has written a Christmas novella that should stand the test of time. Three stars. Melody Carlson is a much-published author with over two hundred books and six million copies sold. Several of her books are Christmas stories. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Revell Books gave me a copy of The Christmas Blessing, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Saturday, November 4, 2017 The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson, © 2017 I first read Melody Carlson's Whispering Pine series and continued to read her Tales of Grace Chapel Inn books, followed by single titles. The Christmas Blessing is 2017's release just in time to add to her previous Christmastime stories. Set in the early 1940's, this story is during the unsettled time of WWII. As today, families were separated and loved ones longing for news. Amelia Richards receives dreaded news and prepares to leave San Diego to go to her baby's grandparents ~ whom she has not met previously. Will love's journey conquer the unknown reception when she gets there? Becoming ill, both she and her baby come under the care of Dr. George Bradley, a very vital person in the story. His wisdom in prayer outshines any uncertainty brought by the interweaving of their lives. A courageous story of hope, bravery, and most of all trust, Amelia's love for her child is selflessly demonstrated. A very visual story, the author brought the characters to life and each one's perspective is shown. I really liked this story. ***Thank you to Early Reviewers ~ LibraryThing for my win of Melody Carlson's The Christmas Blessing. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This book was short and sweet. I gravitated towards it for several reasons: it was a romance, Christian, took place during WWII and it was a Christmas story. It was a perfect read for a cool, rainy night. Amelia is devastated when she finds out that her fiancee and father of her baby has been shot down over the Pacific Ocean. She is broke, is sharing an apartment with a friend and has recently been told that she can not bring her baby to work. Her last recourse is to try and find James' parents. She knows the name of the small town they live in, so she and Jimmy climb aboard the train and head off. She has no idea what kind of welcome she will receive, but she wants Jimmy to get to know his grandparents. She also dreams that she will be welcomed as part of the family, but only time will tell. In the 1940s, a baby being born out of wedlock can ruin a woman, but Amelia is lucky. When Jimmy gets sick, she leaves him at the home of Helene and George to be taken care of, George is a doctor. They take him in, nurse him back to health and immediately have an attraction to him. Helene wants to adopt him. Will Amelia give her son up? Will she find happiness? Will she be accepted into James' family? This was a novella that did a good job of presenting the story, and solving the situation. I can see how this could easily have been a longer book, but the shortness was one of the things that attracted me to it. If you are not a fan of novellas, you might want to pass on this one, but if you like a short, sweet story that will have you running the gamut of your emotions, pick this one up. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Blessing Is a beautiful story, yet there is one thing that is wrong as the book that is supposed to be Christians to worry , she's pregnant out of wedlock. She lives life like she Iwas married to the man in the war. He was killed in the war before they moved to be married. She lost her job instead of living off her roommate she took the baby and – hey wait now I can't tell you everything , it will ruin it – the rest is so lovely , interesting, adorable and exciting . I would have loved thiss book totally except for the fact that she had this baby out of wedlock but we are so forgiving people , but was that asked for? This book is tender , reconciliatory , faith based and twisty. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this in this review are alll my own.
thall5 More than 1 year ago
A Perfect Christmas read! Have your tissue box close by as you start this wonderful story of love, faith, loss, and a Christmas Blessing, by Melody Carlson. Amelia Richardson is down on her luck. She has a newborn son, no job, no family, and no place to actually call home. She lost the love of her life, James, and father to her newborn son Jimmy, in the war. She is desperate to make a better life for herself, but most importantly for her son. So she packs their few belongings and leaves her hometown in search of her love's family to let them meet there grandchild and hopefully find a job and better way of life. They face many difficulties on this journey, and both end up seriously ill. All Amelia has to hold on to is her faith in a God that has brought her and kept her and her son this far. Out of desperation and love for her child, she makes the most difficult decision of her life. Just when she is ready to give up, because she no longer has anything to live for, she receives the greatest Christmas gift of all. I absolutely loved this book! It is filled with hope and love and the joy of the Christmas season! I received a copy of this book book from Netgalley, but was not required to give a positive review. This is my honest opinion.
CafinatedReads2009 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Carlson is back with another emotionally moving Christmas novella. I love her Christmas novellas and will forever read them. She brings wonderful messages from God and mixes them into a captivating story line, and blends it all with characters that steal your heart and become your family til the end.  This Christmas story is set during one of my favorite time periods to read about: WWII, and follows Amelia and her son. I loved how Ms. Carlson transported me back in time. I loved following Amelia on her journey of pain and hope, and longing. The way I felt reading this book, seeing Amelia come to terms with her situation, seeing God work on her heart, really refreshed my own. If you love stories filled with hope, longing and an ending that will leave you wanting more from a superbly talented author, then this 5 star book is for you. Ms. Carlson delivers her readers a novella that you won't soon forget! Well done!  *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
Amelia Richards and James Bradley have a short and whirlwind romance while he is on leave from fighting in World War II and plan to be married. But James is called back to service just before the wedding. Months later, Amelia finds herself alone and jobless, she takes their son Jimmy to meet his paternal grandparents in Montana. She bravely sets out despite the fear that James’ family won’t accept her and her son. What she finds is a Christmas blessing. This is a sentimental and sweet story. At first, nothing seems to go well for Amelia, but she is resilient and meets people on her journey that offer her help. Regardless of the hopelessness in the beginning, you knew the ending would be favorable, because of the title. The story was somewhat predictable, but that isn’t necessarily a negative thing. I would have appreciated a few more details in the story. I felt there were gaps in the narrative that were skimmed over and some of those gaps had the potential to be the best parts. I liked Amelia; she was a loving and a conscientious mother and did her best to provide for her son. James’ father, Dr. Bradley was also endearing, he was compassionate and generous. This is the type of story that would make a good Hallmark movie. I would recommend this story if you are looking for a light, easy to read and sentimental story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.
NadineTimes10 More than 1 year ago
I think this story has much that fans of nostalgic WWII fiction will enjoy. The plot is serious, but not too heavy, and the holiday theme is strong. Except for the very end, which may be somewhat rushed, I found the pacing to be steady, even a bit slow at points, as characters stop to think or re-think things over maybe a little more than necessary. However, I can appreciate a complete tale on the shorter side that doesn't hurry through or skimp on all the important parts. There's some "info-dumping" in the opening conversation, and although it's not unrealistic for a woman in Amelia's position to cry a lot, her sobbing loses some of its effect on the page when it happens over and over. Also, I hope this isn't something widely common that I'm just starting to notice in general now, but it seems that far too many sentences in the story begin with the word "And," until it feels monotonous. I'm not sure if this issue appears in the final version of the book; I read an ARC. Overall, it was refreshing to find a holiday tale that wasn't completely predictable to me, and I think many other ChristFic readers will like this one. __________ Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
hplady More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Blessing By Melody Carlson In this sweet story by Melody Carlson, we meet Amelia Richards, single mom to young Jimmy in the days of World War 2. One New Years Eve, she meets James, a young navy pilot. The two dance the night away and spend every minute available together. They plan to wed immediately, even getting a wedding license. However, on the eve of their wedding day, James is called back into service early. He is reported as dead two months later. When Amelia discovers she is pregnant with his child, she decides to say that they were married and she is a war widow. However, she finds the deceitfulness goes against her beliefs as she struggles to raise her young son, Jimmy. When she finally reaches the end of her abilities, she decides to visit James’ parents, even though they have never met. She wants them to meet Jimmy but she is worried what they will say when she tells them who she is. Once she arrives in the small town that his parents live in, she is stunned to discover they have a large home and are very well off. She doesn’t want them to think she is trying to take their money, but she isn’t sure what to do. She is running out of options. When Jimmy gets sick, she does the only thing she can think of…She places him in the manger scene outside of their home and runs away. James’ family takes the young boy in, but has no idea he is their grandson. George, James’ father, is a doctor and he takes care of young Jimmy. Helene, George’s wife, is ecstatic at having a young baby in the house after her despondency since James passed away. She is happy to take care of him. When George has a young patient who is as sick as young Jimmy was, he learns that Amelia is the mother and they work together to discover the best solution to her dilemma. Since I don’t want to give away the good stuff, I will stop there. However, it is a great story. It made me smile, laugh, and cry. People who enjoy historical romances will find this to their liking, especially since a little Christmas is thrown in the mix! I received a free copy of this story from NetGalley for my honest review.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
I always look forward to Melody Carlson's Christmas themed books released in the fall. I believe a lot of people will call this a novella, but I think it's too long for that title. I will say that it is easily a one sitting book though. This book is set during World War II. It is a well written story that captures both time and place. It flows effortlessly and is consistent. To describe the story I would say it's full of emotions, both raw and real. The characters are engaging. I liked Amelia Richards and wanted her to get the happily ever after ending she deserves. This story does touch on some tough issues, but I did feel they were resolved realistically. This is probably not my favorite Christmas themed book, but it's still a great read. I found some spiritual aspects in the book, but must say I expected more. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a feel-good story. *I received this book from the publisher as part of their blogger program. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
While I am reading it a little early, The Christmas Blessing would be an uplifting read for the upcoming Christmas season. This book is a short novella so it doesn't take long to read.At the same time, because it is a short book, the plot moves along quickly and a lot happens in a short amount of time. It is a feel good read that has a happy ending. Sometimes in this busy, difficult world, it is nice to just go to a place where everything works out nicely in the end, like The Christmas Blessing. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a feel-good novel. I received an electronic copy of The Christmas Blessing through NetGalley and Revell Reads. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful Christmas romance! I absolutely loved Amelia! She is a very sweet woman who is carrying a huge burden of heartache. She is beautifully presented and so well developed that many times I wished I could just wrap my arms around her and help to shoulder the load of pain she had. The development of the story is fantastic. This isn’t the light-hearted story that I was expecting based on the earlier Christmas books I’ve read by this author. It is filled with deep emotion. I received a free eBook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions 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.*
Ellie_H More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet Christmas read which can be read in an afternoon if you have a few hours. I enjoyed the story. I like stories about struggling single parents so I was engaged in the book right away. They story did not contain much romance, but was more about Amelia struggling to do what was best for her baby. The baby's grandparents played a prominent role in the book and I liked getting to know them. I liked George, the grandfather who happened to be a doctor, and his loving and capable approach to caring for Jimmy and his patients. Helene, the grandmother, has a reputation for being rather cold, but is really hurting inside and does have a good heart. Helene reminded me that we should be loving to everyone, even if they aren't especially loving toward us, because we don't know what they are going through. I would have liked to have seen the storyline about Amelia and James having premarital sex handled differently. I would have preferred to have seen repentance, forgiveness, and grace factored into the storyline. Since this is Christian fiction, I was surprised that this topic was handled as being condoned given their circumstances. I was surprised by the ending and I liked how the story ended. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Blessing is the latest story by Christian author Melody Carlson. It is November 1944 in San Diego, California. Amelia Richards and her baby, Jimmy has decided to pack up and move to Rockford, Montana to be near Jimmy’s paternal grandparents. James Bradley is the father of little James and he passed away a month after he was shipped out. James and Amelia were going to marry on the first leave that he received, but his plane was shot down before that could occur. Amelia is spending the last of her funds to get her to Montana in the hopes of a better life for Jimmy and herself (a family). The only hitch in Amelia’s plans is Mr. & Mrs. Bradley are unaware of Amelia and Jimmy. Amelia is not sure how they will be received. Will they be welcomed or turned away? Christmas is the season for miracles. Will Amelia’s dreams come true this Christmas? The Christmas Blessing is a lovely story. I found it to be well-written and to have a good pace (once you get into it—it starts off slowly). It is a short shorty containing under 200 pages (can be finished in just a couple of hours). It contains good messages (forgiveness, trust, power of prayer, faith) and has a heartwarming ending. My rating for The Christmas Blessing is 4 out of 5 stars. I did feel that the characters are not fully developed (fleshed out), the ending is slightly rushed, and the story is predictable (unoriginal). I missed the humor that is present in Melody Carlson’s other Christmas stories (Christmas at Harrington’s and The Christmas Joy Ride). The Christmas Blessing is a charming novella that will appeal to readers who enjoy happily-ever-after romance stories.
janesquires More than 1 year ago
Have kleenex handy. At times you will need them. Amelia learns her intended has been shot down and considered dead. She had their marriage license filled out but wedding never took place. James was deployed before they could get married. James doesn't know about his son, Jimmy. Because of Jimmy, Amelia sets out to find the grandparents. From here the story grips you and you cannot lay the book down. A surprise ending makes for a Christmas blessing. Amelia and James' Mom become friends. Melody's books are all hard to put down and will encourage you.
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful Christmas story. Melody does it again her books are so good. Just when you thought you read her best one in pops a new one. The characters are so well written. I tell you this book and me in tears.I never put it down once I started. Yes it is for sure a page turner. After hearing her fiancee is dead shot down in the war Amelia is beside her what to do. Now given birth to his son and no money to raise him. So she sets out to find James parents. Only to hear in the beauty hop grapevine that is mother is not to accepting to other people especially when it comes to something to do with James. Knowing they are wealthy she doesn't want them to think it is all she is after. She just wants for her son Jimmy to know his father's parents. But how is she going to do this. Maybe a little help from a baby was born two thousand years ago. What wonderful gift will Amelia be receiving? Wonderful must read by Melody.