Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Melody Carlson's The Christmas Pony ~ Reviewed

By Melody Carlson
Published by Revell
176 Pages

Book Cover: Eight-year-old Lucy Turnbull knew better than to wish for a pony that Christmas in 1937. Her mother had assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony was the same as asking for the moon. Besides, the only extra mouths they needed at their boarding house were the paying kind. But when an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, Lucy starts to believe her Christmas wishes might just come true after all.
The queen of the Christmas novel, Melody Carlson pens another magical tale of expectation and excitement as one little girl dreams big and the impossible becomes possible.

Review:  Lucy Turnball grabbed my heart from the start as she prays, “PLEASE, dear God, help Mama to find her smile again. Lucy could remember when her Mama had the prettiest smile ever. Back when Daddy was still alive. But like Lucy’s memories of her father, Mama’s smile had faded some over the last few years. If Lucy couldn’t have a pony for Christmas, she would settle for Mama’s smile instead.”

Melody Carlson pens a Christmas story that will have you rooting for the characters and put a warm feeling in your heart. Lucy Turball is in the general store running an errand for her Mama when she meets George and Veronica. She over hears them asking about a place to stay while their car is repaired. Lucy introduces herself to them and tells them about her Mama’s bed and breakfast Inn. They are excited and Lucy gives them directions to the Inn. This was an answer to prayer.

This couple was on their way to Hollywood when the car broke. Veronica was on a mission to become a star. Her favorite actors were Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. The movie they made together, “It Happened One Night” explained how George and her met. Veronica loved the big city with its bright lights and excitement. She’d never been in a small town like this before. She felt trapped with nothing to do.

George on the other hand loved the small town feel and all it had to offer. He embraced it, the people and their way of life. He was glad to pitch in and help where he could.

Little Lucy was taken by the new tenants. They were an answer to her prayers for sure and so were the other unexpected guests. Lucy captured my heart and put me a smile on my face as I read about her family preparing for Christmas with visitors. Lucy, her Mama and Grandma were having a bright and unusual Christmas you’ll enjoy reading about.

This author is no stranger to creating fun, heart warming Christmas stories. You’ll be grinning from ear to ear as you close the book. This is a fast read I enjoyed so much. It helped kick off the holiday season as it reminded is all of the reason for the season.

Reviewed by: Nora St.Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins

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