The Christmas Blessing
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.

The Christmas Blessing Details

TitleThe Christmas Blessing
Author
ReleaseSep 5th, 2017
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
ISBN-139780800722708
Rating
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Historical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Christian

The Christmas Blessing Review

  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! What a delightful read! Carlson is a tricky author for me; I've enjoyed her work, but I've also run across several real duds. I'm glad to say that this book is the best yet that I have read...I knew when I read the synopsis and a review that it sounded like exactly my sort of story, and it went beyond even what I'd hoped. You come to care for all parties in the story—Amelia, baby Jimmie, Helene, George—and you want them to all have a happy ending. It's hard when they end up at cross purpose Wow! What a delightful read! Carlson is a tricky author for me; I've enjoyed her work, but I've also run across several real duds. I'm glad to say that this book is the best yet that I have read...I knew when I read the synopsis and a review that it sounded like exactly my sort of story, and it went beyond even what I'd hoped. You come to care for all parties in the story—Amelia, baby Jimmie, Helene, George—and you want them to all have a happy ending. It's hard when they end up at cross purposes and begin to drift even further apart...seems there's going to be only one decent solution for all of them. Be prepared to cry over this one, to hug it, to reread the ending at least once. It's that excellent! But I can't say why because of spoilers, you know...so you will just have to read it for yourself!Thanks to NetGalley for a free review copy. Positive review not required.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Despite having several of Carlson's novellas on Kindle, I've only read two others so far. This is definitely one of the better ones, in my opinion. Sometimes her book summaries remind me of a Hallmark movie story line, only not quite as cheesy as those can be. I'm not a fan of Hallmark Christmas movies, so I'm always a bit hesitant to pick up one of novellas because of that reminder, but this one was a pleasant surprise.The Christmas Blessing turned out to be sweet without being cheesy. While th Despite having several of Carlson's novellas on Kindle, I've only read two others so far. This is definitely one of the better ones, in my opinion. Sometimes her book summaries remind me of a Hallmark movie story line, only not quite as cheesy as those can be. I'm not a fan of Hallmark Christmas movies, so I'm always a bit hesitant to pick up one of novellas because of that reminder, but this one was a pleasant surprise.The Christmas Blessing turned out to be sweet without being cheesy. While there were times I wished for a bit more depth to the main character, Amelia, I empathized with her plight and her situation feels realistic, especially given the time period of the story. She's also incredibly brave to leave all that is familiar to her to find her intended's family, then toward the end, displays extreme sacrifice despite the toll it takes on her heart.I spread out the reading of this over a few days but it would be a good one to pick up to read straight through in a day or an evening, as it's so nice and luxurious to do sometimes.
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    I grabbed up a chance to read this as soon as I read the synopsis. I love any story set during World War 2, and this one was really sweet! I really sympathized with Amelia and James story, and it's the perfect Christmas story!I really enjoyed seeing Helene's perspective throughout the story. At first I thought she would be painted in a bad light, but it was nice to see that even though she had her issues, there was a warmness about her. The baby being born out of wedlock seemed to be condoned. I I grabbed up a chance to read this as soon as I read the synopsis. I love any story set during World War 2, and this one was really sweet! I really sympathized with Amelia and James story, and it's the perfect Christmas story!I really enjoyed seeing Helene's perspective throughout the story. At first I thought she would be painted in a bad light, but it was nice to see that even though she had her issues, there was a warmness about her. The baby being born out of wedlock seemed to be condoned. I understand, yes, that once a baby is conceived we should love that child and that the child is never to blame, but the reasoning behind it didn't seem a problem to Amelia (the fact that James was going overseas, hence the time together).I thought the last couple chapters fell a little flat. Not because of how everything turned out (because that was great!!), but of how they were presented. Maybe moved a tad too fast to settle everything! But besides that and the occasional cliche terms, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author!*I received this from Revell in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    What a sweet Christmas novella! I've read several Melody Carlson Christmas novellas and this may be my favorite.While living in her home state of California, Amelia Richards finds that she and her young son are barely getting by. She takes a risk and uses her meager funds to travel by train to Montana to the hometown of her son's paternal grandparents.I loved the pure love of a mother shown by Amelia as well as the time period references such as Lindbergh's stolen child and the introduction of p What a sweet Christmas novella! I've read several Melody Carlson Christmas novellas and this may be my favorite.While living in her home state of California, Amelia Richards finds that she and her young son are barely getting by. She takes a risk and uses her meager funds to travel by train to Montana to the hometown of her son's paternal grandparents.I loved the pure love of a mother shown by Amelia as well as the time period references such as Lindbergh's stolen child and the introduction of penicillin. Another well done Christmas story by author Melody Carlson.My gratitude to publisher Revell for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    Every year I wait for Carlson's Christmas book. Never know what to expect, but always loving the book. This year she did not disappoint me at all. This book was so worth the wait.I cried, I got so upset and then I was so happy and excited. This is a must read book. If you enjoy a good book filled with tons of emotions then you are in for a real treat with this book!I gave this book 5 stars to times and I can't wait to read it again next year. This book will be staying on my personal book shelf.T Every year I wait for Carlson's Christmas book. Never know what to expect, but always loving the book. This year she did not disappoint me at all. This book was so worth the wait.I cried, I got so upset and then I was so happy and excited. This is a must read book. If you enjoy a good book filled with tons of emotions then you are in for a real treat with this book!I gave this book 5 stars to times and I can't wait to read it again next year. This book will be staying on my personal book shelf.The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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  • Kellyn Roth
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5A cute little novella, but I felt like the writing was a bit childish and the protagonist never really seems to be like, "Hey, this is a problem" in regards to sleeping with a guy she wasn't married to ... even though yeah it was. That said, it was mostly quite well handled.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Set during WWII when too many families are experiencing the loss of a son, husband, fiancee, brother or friend. Amelia, rather young and naive falls deeply in love with James, a navy pilot ready to ship out to the Pacific. They planned to marry before James leaves, but his orders come early, and Amelia is left with only the paperwork for the marriage certificate. When Amelia discovers she is pregnant, she is lost and alone, with her only support that of a friend who takes her and baby Jimmy in. Set during WWII when too many families are experiencing the loss of a son, husband, fiancee, brother or friend. Amelia, rather young and naive falls deeply in love with James, a navy pilot ready to ship out to the Pacific. They planned to marry before James leaves, but his orders come early, and Amelia is left with only the paperwork for the marriage certificate. When Amelia discovers she is pregnant, she is lost and alone, with her only support that of a friend who takes her and baby Jimmy in. Believing James is dead, she goes to his hometown hoping to connect with Jame's parents. When Jimmy becomes ill she makes a desperate decision, hoping to give Jimmy a better life. But in the spirit of Christmas, miracles are possible.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    The Christmas Blessing was a pleasant surprise. Carlson's books are usually light reads that I enjoy but don't love; The Christmas Blessing was different because I absolutely loved it! What a sweet story set around WW2. I liked the characters and really felt for the heroine. I kept hoping for a Happily Ever After ending, even though it looked like that wouldn't be possible. I won't say how the book ended, but there was definitely closure and I think it ended well. All in all, I loved The Christm The Christmas Blessing was a pleasant surprise. Carlson's books are usually light reads that I enjoy but don't love; The Christmas Blessing was different because I absolutely loved it! What a sweet story set around WW2. I liked the characters and really felt for the heroine. I kept hoping for a Happily Ever After ending, even though it looked like that wouldn't be possible. I won't say how the book ended, but there was definitely closure and I think it ended well. All in all, I loved The Christmas Blessing and recommend it!*I received a complimentary eBook copy of this book for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, only my honest opinion -- which I've done.*
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  • Loraine
    January 1, 1970
    Melody Carlson is known for her wonderful Christmas book, and this is another sweet holiday story. Set during World War 2, Amelia met James in San Diego while he was there on leave. A whirlwind romance leaves them ready to marry with the license in hand when James is recalled to his ship not knowing he has left Amelia pregnant and alone. Amelia soon is jobless and broke with an infant to care for. She now makes decisions as to what is the best way to take care of herself and, more importantly, b Melody Carlson is known for her wonderful Christmas book, and this is another sweet holiday story. Set during World War 2, Amelia met James in San Diego while he was there on leave. A whirlwind romance leaves them ready to marry with the license in hand when James is recalled to his ship not knowing he has left Amelia pregnant and alone. Amelia soon is jobless and broke with an infant to care for. She now makes decisions as to what is the best way to take care of herself and, more importantly, baby Jimmy.This is a short book but feels complete with well developed characters and a good plot. The peek into the time period which probably resulted in other mothers left alone and pregnant was interesting. Made me wonder what kind of choices I would have made in a similar situation with the problems that were facing Amelia. I would have liked to have seen the spiritual content developed a little more.
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  • Jesseca Wheaton
    January 1, 1970
    Well, that was sweet. ;) More like 3.5 stars. Review to come!
  • Amanda Tero
    January 1, 1970
    If you want a feel-good, happily-ever-after story with a Christmas flavor, this fits the bill perfectly. Amelia's story is a gutter-to-glory story of a girl whose life is shrouded by clouds of darkness. The one element in this story that I would have preferred to be dealt with a little better was the fact that Amelia and James had a baby out of wedlock. It's mentioned that it was a mistake, but "they were going to get married anyway" and I just don't agree with that thought. According to the Bib If you want a feel-good, happily-ever-after story with a Christmas flavor, this fits the bill perfectly. Amelia's story is a gutter-to-glory story of a girl whose life is shrouded by clouds of darkness. The one element in this story that I would have preferred to be dealt with a little better was the fact that Amelia and James had a baby out of wedlock. It's mentioned that it was a mistake, but "they were going to get married anyway" and I just don't agree with that thought. According to the Bible, there are no exceptions to "the bed undefiled is honorable." So the fact that this story was about a single mom whose baby was born out of wedlock kind of put a damper on my enjoyment of it. Though I will say, though that was the element of the story, it was not at all detailed and spelled out. Just mentioned; I can appreciate that.There were mentions of God's will, praying to God, following God, and Him having the perfect plan. It did still feel like the spiritual aspect was a little weak. I realize there is only so much one can put into a novella, but for me it was lacking.The romance was very little in this book. It is more mentioned that things happened than detailing of emotions. So in essence, this wasn't really a romance book. I greatly liked the doctor. He was just full of kindness and goodness and the perfect father figure. Amelia was a sweet girl too. She just didn't make all of the best choices.Like I said, if you want just a sweet, short read, this is a good book for that. But I kind of can't overlook how the aspect of a baby from wedlock was kind of brushed over.*I received this book from Revell and happily provided my honest review*
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  • Andrea Cox
    January 1, 1970
    While there was one profane word and the lead never did repent of her sin (she did finally admit it was a “mistake;” yet, she never seemed repentant or regretful about it at all), this story was a charming tale, overall. It was a quick, easy, and calming read, and I enjoyed it very much. I only wish that sex before marriage (whether or not it results in a baby) would have been acknowledged as a sin rather than just a “mistake” by the lead.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful short, sweet Christmas story
  • Rebekah Morris
    January 1, 1970
    I still haven't quite figured out how the title fits into the story, but that's okay. I don't usually pay much attention to titles anyway.I enjoyed this story of a young mom struggling to do what is best for her baby even if it meant heartbreak for her. I never connected really well with any of the characters, but was able to enjoy the book anyway. Though dealing with an unwed mother (not approved of), there were no details that made me cringe or skim over. It's a story of hope, and trust. I wis I still haven't quite figured out how the title fits into the story, but that's okay. I don't usually pay much attention to titles anyway.I enjoyed this story of a young mom struggling to do what is best for her baby even if it meant heartbreak for her. I never connected really well with any of the characters, but was able to enjoy the book anyway. Though dealing with an unwed mother (not approved of), there were no details that made me cringe or skim over. It's a story of hope, and trust. I wish there had been a stronger Christian feel to the story instead of just a bit, but that's just my thoughts.Overall, I'll probably read this story again another Christmas time.
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  • Vera Godley
    January 1, 1970
    I typically enjoy Christmas novellas and they give a warm-fuzzy feeling to my seasonal reading. I have read Melody Carlson's books previously and enjoyed her style of writing and stories. This one was not quite as appealing to me as I had hoped it would be.Morality and immorality does not abide in the rank and file of any one generation and so it appears that this story involves a young unwed mother and her infant who are in desperate circumstances because the absent father is a casualty of WWII I typically enjoy Christmas novellas and they give a warm-fuzzy feeling to my seasonal reading. I have read Melody Carlson's books previously and enjoyed her style of writing and stories. This one was not quite as appealing to me as I had hoped it would be.Morality and immorality does not abide in the rank and file of any one generation and so it appears that this story involves a young unwed mother and her infant who are in desperate circumstances because the absent father is a casualty of WWII. The young mother decides to seek out the child's father's family to see if they will help. She is quite aware that she could quite easily be rebuffed.The story has an ample measure of melodrama and the warm-fuzzy comes with a wonderful ending.I was torn in trying to rate this because I truly believe that mistakes happen, sin happens, and there is opportunity for forgiveness and acceptance. So I am not "rating" it. I won a copy in a contest online. I was not required to review the book. Opinions are my own.
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  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    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. 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.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    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 t 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 Harrigton’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.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    What does a girl do when she is alone, with a new baby to feed and has no money? She becomes desperate. Amelia Richards believes her fiance James (and father of her baby) is dead, killed in the South Pacific when his plane was shot down. She finds herself in the unenviable position of having no family to help her, a child out of wedlock and no money to support her infant son. Her only option is to approach James' parents for help. The only problem is that they have no idea who she is and when Am What does a girl do when she is alone, with a new baby to feed and has no money? She becomes desperate. Amelia Richards believes her fiance James (and father of her baby) is dead, killed in the South Pacific when his plane was shot down. She finds herself in the unenviable position of having no family to help her, a child out of wedlock and no money to support her infant son. Her only option is to approach James' parents for help. The only problem is that they have no idea who she is and when Amelia finds out they are rich and that Helene (Jame's mother) is someone known to be harsh and critical, she is hesitant to approach them. But then the worse thing possible happens - her baby gets sick and she becomes desperate.I love how the author integrated the birth of Jesus into this story! The Christmas Blessing is more than what I expected. I found myself actually crying for Amelia and was intrigued by the misconceptions of the people in town who misjudged Helene (Jame's mother). The growth of her character was wonderful to see.If you are looking to get yourself into the Christmas spirit a little early this year, then I highly recommend The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson. You will not be disappointed.
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  • Jeanie
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet romance set in World War II. Amelia Richard's is at a cross roads in her life. With her 3 month old baby and the loss of her baby's father James, she leaves San Diego to go to Montana where James is from. Ameila and James were set to be married before he was shipped out to the Pacific and months later shot down and killed. By the time she had heard the news of his death, she is pregnant and broke. She goes to Montana with the intend to share her son with James parents. Ameila is apprehens Sweet romance set in World War II. Amelia Richard's is at a cross roads in her life. With her 3 month old baby and the loss of her baby's father James, she leaves San Diego to go to Montana where James is from. Ameila and James were set to be married before he was shipped out to the Pacific and months later shot down and killed. By the time she had heard the news of his death, she is pregnant and broke. She goes to Montana with the intend to share her son with James parents. Ameila is apprehensive and hopeful but her hopes are dashed when her circumstances take a hopeless turn. She relies on her faith and the love she has for her baby to make sacrificial choices in time for a Christmas blessing.A short and redemptive story of the blessing we receive in the midst of painful circumstances. A Special Thank You to Revell and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Melody told a wonderful story which made a big lump grow in my throat to keep from crying. I enjoyed this story so much that it only took me a couple of days to finish. God works in mysterious ways does he not? I loved how things were able to be worked out. Especially at Christmas which is one of my favorite holidays.I think that it was wonderful and sad how Amelia received her Christmas blessing. It took quite a few things to happen for her to realize it. I specifically liked Dr. Bradley becaus Melody told a wonderful story which made a big lump grow in my throat to keep from crying. I enjoyed this story so much that it only took me a couple of days to finish. God works in mysterious ways does he not? I loved how things were able to be worked out. Especially at Christmas which is one of my favorite holidays.I think that it was wonderful and sad how Amelia received her Christmas blessing. It took quite a few things to happen for her to realize it. I specifically liked Dr. Bradley because he reminded me of my father in law who was kind and gentle and pretty much down to Earth. I miss him since I've lost him to cancer. He was my blessing in life and I didn't realize it until after he was gone.Helene was a piece of work. Reminds of someone I know. It kind of got me into the Christmas spirit!!I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own! I very strongly recommend this book
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    I have long enjoyed Melody Carlson's 'Christmas' stories. They are not long novels, but they are rich and full of the love and feeling of the season. If you've never read one, you are missing out. Sort of like a Hallmark movie, they are. I loved it.*I was given a preview copy of this book by the publisher via Net Galley. My review is my own honest opinion.
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  • Jeanne Adamek
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars
  • Nadine Keels
    January 1, 1970
    Amelia and her fiancé James had planned to marry right away, but she hears that he's been killed in the war, shot down with his plane. Hence, Amelia can't legally claim the benefits of a war widow, even when she gives birth to James's child, Jimmy. With nowhere else to turn, Amelia seeks out James's parents--even though they don't know that she and Jimmy exist in The Christmas Blessing by author Melody Carlson.I've enjoyed a few World War II Christmas novellas in the past. Without reading much o Amelia and her fiancé James had planned to marry right away, but she hears that he's been killed in the war, shot down with his plane. Hence, Amelia can't legally claim the benefits of a war widow, even when she gives birth to James's child, Jimmy. With nowhere else to turn, Amelia seeks out James's parents--even though they don't know that she and Jimmy exist in The Christmas Blessing by author Melody Carlson.I've enjoyed a few World War II Christmas novellas in the past. Without reading much of the blurb for this one, I took a gander at the soft, Christmassy book cover and decided to check it out.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.
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  • Shirley Chapel
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome Christmas read. It has always been a tradition for me to read Melody Carlson's latest release for the holidays each year. This year I particularly liked the time era she used. I have always enjoyed WWII Christian Fiction and The Christmas Blessing did not disappoint. Amelia Richards decided to serve in the USO , as a hostess . She purposely did not become involved with any of the service men that came to the center. That is until the handsome Navy Officer James Bradley came in and asked Awesome Christmas read. It has always been a tradition for me to read Melody Carlson's latest release for the holidays each year. This year I particularly liked the time era she used. I have always enjoyed WWII Christian Fiction and The Christmas Blessing did not disappoint. Amelia Richards decided to serve in the USO , as a hostess . She purposely did not become involved with any of the service men that came to the center. That is until the handsome Navy Officer James Bradley came in and asked her for a dance. They became attracted to each other , which led to James purposing marriage to Amelia. They planned to be married before James shipped out 9 days later.Their plans changed when James was shipped out unexpectedly before they had the chance to get married. Amelia discovers that she is pregnant with James baby shortly before she learns that he is missing at sea. Left to face an uncertain future alone with a baby she can't afford to take care of she is forced to set out on her own in hopes of finding James' parents. Bad goes to worse for Amelia and her baby Jimmy. This makes for a compelling story as readers take this journey with them. Left in a desperate and destitute situation this unwed mother and her baby are left homeless and penniless. Readers are advised to have a box of Kleenex close by. This book will draw you in and it can be read in one day. The ending is totally unexpected and worth the wait. Excellent Christmas book. If you enjoy reading war time romance set in the 40s you won't want to miss The Christmas Blessing. I highly recommend it.
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  • Tima
    January 1, 1970
    Amelia receives the news that her fiance was killed in action. She's pregnant and has no where to go. It was a whirlwind romance and now she's left alone with a small baby. She makes the difficult decision to go find her son's grandparents. They don't know that their son, James, fathered a child, but maybe they can accept Amelia and her baby.This is a longer novella that is perfect for reading around the Christmas season. I was surprised several times at how the author twisted and wove the stor Amelia receives the news that her fiance was killed in action. She's pregnant and has no where to go. It was a whirlwind romance and now she's left alone with a small baby. She makes the difficult decision to go find her son's grandparents. They don't know that their son, James, fathered a child, but maybe they can accept Amelia and her baby.This is a longer novella that is perfect for reading around the Christmas season. I was surprised several times at how the author twisted and wove the story. It was sweet, heartbreaking, and inspiring. The doctor and Amelia were great characters. I was not fond of the doctors wife and felt that she wasn't ever portrayed in a good light, although the author tried to make her "good" in the end. The story between Amelia and James was told in memories and I wanted a bit more to that so I could understand what prompted Amelia to make the decisions she did. But overall, it was a sweet story that fits perfectly with the season. I think anyone who enjoys an inspirational story that centers around the birth of Jesus and what the season is really all about, will love this book. It would also make an excellent Christmas gift.I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.
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  • Beckie Burnham
    January 1, 1970
    Melody Carlson is known for her heart-warming Christmas novellas, and many readers kick off the season with one of her new books. For the 2017 holidays, readers are in for a treat. The Christmas Blessing is part romance, part family drama, and all feel-good reading experience.In the midst of WWII, young mother Amelia Richards embarks on a life-changing trip with her 7-week old baby. From sunny San Diego, Amelia travels to Montana to find a family for her and her young son. But life is hard on Am Melody Carlson is known for her heart-warming Christmas novellas, and many readers kick off the season with one of her new books. For the 2017 holidays, readers are in for a treat. The Christmas Blessing is part romance, part family drama, and all feel-good reading experience.In the midst of WWII, young mother Amelia Richards embarks on a life-changing trip with her 7-week old baby. From sunny San Diego, Amelia travels to Montana to find a family for her and her young son. But life is hard on Amelia — first she has her funds stolen, then she and her baby, Jimmy, become ill. Desperate to provide for Jimmy, Amelia makes a hard decision. Will Jimmy and Amelia finally find a home?The Christmas Blessing is a quick read; I finished it in one day. But don’t think that it is not long on all the things you like about a novella from Carlson. Characters, especially Amelia and Helene, will capture the reader’s heart. Both women love their sons fiercely and are determined to protect them. The setting is perfect for a nostalgic Christmas read — small town Montana from Thanksgiving to Christmas. The quaint town, the snowy scenery, and the chill in the air will make you snuggle up in an afghan with a cup of cocoa or tea. The drama surrounding Amelia may be a bit old-fashioned, but not that different from struggles single mothers face today. Although Amelia’s plight seems hopeless, there is a definite happily-ever-after in store for her and the reader. Carlson also makes sure that faith in God is woven naturally throughout the book.If you are looking for a book to get you in the holiday mood, then The Christmas Blessing is a good choice.Recommended.Audience: adults.(Thanks to Revell for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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  • Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
    January 1, 1970
    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 di 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.
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  • Kathleen E.
    January 1, 1970
    Saturday, November 4, 2017The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson, © 2017I 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 prep Saturday, November 4, 2017The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson, © 2017I 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.***
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  • Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
    January 1, 1970
    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 Ame 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.*
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson is a sweet, short novel that takes place during World War II. While the idea of a novel that takes place during Christmas time and during World War II perked my attention, the novel didn't quite meet my expectation. I think because the novel is actually a short novella, it didn't ring well with me. Because of the short nature of the plot, the characters weren't really developed. There was so much more that could have been explored. Maybe actuall 3.5 stars The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson is a sweet, short novel that takes place during World War II. While the idea of a novel that takes place during Christmas time and during World War II perked my attention, the novel didn't quite meet my expectation. I think because the novel is actually a short novella, it didn't ring well with me. Because of the short nature of the plot, the characters weren't really developed. There was so much more that could have been explored. Maybe actually show the meeting of James and Amelia. Show their growing love. Show their conversations. When Amelia shows up in Rushford, Montana, the story rushes to an ending that I totally saw coming. I finished the novel in less than a day and wasn't happy with the predictable ending. If you enjoy stories with a happy, good feeling at the end, then this might be the book for you, but for me, I wanted a lot more to make the story more interesting.I received a complimentary copy of The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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