A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Bethany House Bloggers, Netgalley, Revell Reads. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Published by Revell on September 5th 2017
Source: Bethany House Bloggers, Netgalley, Revell Reads
Genres: Christian, Fiction, General, Historical
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.
No one does Christmas quite like Melody Carlson. Seriously, this woman belongs in the Christmas hall of fame for best Christmas novella collection. Each year my mother and I anxiously await our Christian book catalog so we can see what the new Melody Carlson book will be about. This year, I had the immense pleasure of getting to review one of her Christmas books—that made my year! Well, I mean, it did until the USPS lost my review copy. But, the publisher graciously sent me the ebook and here I am, happily reviewing another Melody Carlson Christmas novella.
I loved this book more than all prior books and I would say it’s largely because I love historical fiction—especially WWII fiction. This book whisked me away to a different era and into the life of a young woman who is struggling to make it as a single mom. War has claimed her love and she finds herself desperate to provide for her son.
I don’t want to give away too much of the story but this book is a feel good Christmas read. The story flows at a nice pace. The characters are easy to love and I appreciated that they felt genuine and authentically realistic. And though the romance is a bit cliche—it works well for this book. Sometimes you need a predictable Christmas romance to warm you to your soul.
Melody Carlson is truly the queen of Christmas novellas. I cannot wait to see what she comes out with next year!