A Christmas by the Sea
When Wendy Harper inherits her family's beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. But before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. She and her 12-year-old son Jackson move in--temporarily, she reminds him--in order to do the work themselves, even though Christmas is coming. The charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on both Wendy and Jackson, who even registers himself for school in a bid to get his mom to move them there permanently. Wendy knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea is hard to resist.Join award-winning author Melody Carlson for a Christmas story that will warm your heart and have you dreaming of your own enchanted seaside holiday.

A Christmas by the Sea Details

TitleA Christmas by the Sea
Author
ReleaseSep 4th, 2018
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
ISBN-139780800722715
Rating
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Contemporary, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Adult

A Christmas by the Sea Review

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood.I love them and each one is so different than the last.This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley.I feel in love with Jackson and I hope that you will love his story and his cottage by the sea.This is a 5 star must read. I HIGHLY recommend this one.The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood.I love them and each one is so different than the last.This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley.I feel in love with Jackson and I hope that you will love his story and his cottage by the sea.This is a 5 star must read. I HIGHLY recommend this one.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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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!"I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endearing. It was nice to read a clean romance, where the couple actually have a friendship. There are two kisses, not detailed at all, and some attraction, but I found it sweet. The setting was amazing! I especially loved I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!"I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endearing. It was nice to read a clean romance, where the couple actually have a friendship. There are two kisses, not detailed at all, and some attraction, but I found it sweet. The setting was amazing! I especially loved the scene when Wendy and Jackson were finding sand dollars along the beach :) Although light, spiritual content was woven through the story and fit with the events in the characters lives.One character got a little irritating, and there is an issue with communication with some characters, but all in all, I highly recommend this story. The perfect book to get you ready for the Christmas season!*This book was provided courtesy of Baker publishing through Interviews & Reviews*
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situation. Jackson has had a hard time at school with bullying and teasing. When Wendy inherits her grandfather's beach house in Seaside, Maine, it seems an answer to their prayers. Wendy decides they can use the trip to g A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situation. Jackson has had a hard time at school with bullying and teasing. When Wendy inherits her grandfather's beach house in Seaside, Maine, it seems an answer to their prayers. Wendy decides they can use the trip to get away for Thanksgiving to get the cottage in shape to sell. Jackson thinks that this is a great new start for them. So, they set out from Ohio and drove to Maine. Wendy struggles to keep finances above water while she works on the cottage. Jackson won't talk about leaving. Caleb Colton is a local furniture builder and store owner that gets to know Wendy and Jackson. He befriends them and gives advice to Wendy while hiring Jackson as a helper. Jackson quickly makes a friend, rescues a dog and even enrolls himself in school. He tells Wendy to have faith that God will work things out. But Wendy knows that Jackson is a child who doesn't understand the dire straits they are in financially. This is a heartwarming story of faith and family during the special holiday time of hope and joy.I received a complimentary ARC from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. The thoughts and opinion stated are mine only.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place. I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from the beginning. If he was old enough to register himself in school, he was old enough to understand the trip was to get the cottage cleared out and listed on the real estate market. It would've saved a lot of drama. Caleb wa A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place. I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from the beginning. If he was old enough to register himself in school, he was old enough to understand the trip was to get the cottage cleared out and listed on the real estate market. It would've saved a lot of drama. Caleb was a sweetheart, and so there for both Wendy and Jackson. Wendy was hurting, worried, and running scared but she still found ways to be kind to her neighbors, make friends, and do artsy crafty stuff. I greatly enjoyed this novella and look forward to reading it over again for Christmases to come. I was given a copy off netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this story, the author has given us a story about rebirth, building a life after the death of a loved one.I could just picture Jackson a young teenage still reeling from the death of his father, not happy and being bullied at his school in Ohio, and now a breath of fresh air, a new beginning, and at the ocean.His mother, and the friendly local have both lost someone they loved, is there a chance that they are now in the right place at the right time?This is a warm your heart Christmas st I loved this story, the author has given us a story about rebirth, building a life after the death of a loved one.I could just picture Jackson a young teenage still reeling from the death of his father, not happy and being bullied at his school in Ohio, and now a breath of fresh air, a new beginning, and at the ocean.His mother, and the friendly local have both lost someone they loved, is there a chance that they are now in the right place at the right time?This is a warm your heart Christmas story, and I am so glad to have read it!I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson.A Christmas by the Sea is the story of Wendy and her son Jackson Harper. After Wendy's husband died a few years before from cancer, Wendy was left with mounting debts. Then she inherits her grandparents' cottage in Seaside, Maine. Wendy sees this as a It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson.A Christmas by the Sea is the story of Wendy and her son Jackson Harper. After Wendy's husband died a few years before from cancer, Wendy was left with mounting debts. Then she inherits her grandparents' cottage in Seaside, Maine. Wendy sees this as a way to finally pay off her debts. However, Jackson sees it as a place to get a fresh start with fresh, new memories. Wendy wants her son to be happy but she doesn't know what else to do. But maybe God has something else in mind?A Christmas by the Sea was a sweet feel-good novella. I enjoyed this story and genuinely liked the characters. However, I did get a little frustrated by the communication struggles, but I have seen enough poor communication in families around me to find that the story was believable, especially since they felt they were helping someone by not sharing the complete truth. I do wish we could have had more romance going on but then this wouldn't be a novella like it was supposed to be. Yes, the ending was expected but this was just the kind of story I wanted on the dreary day that I read it. Sometimes we all need a little "feel good" story in our life and this story doesn't disappoint on that end.I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun story! Wendy inherits the family beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine. Being widowed and raising her son alone, she sees this as an opportunity to help her and her son financially. Her husband's illness left her with medical bills and she is struggling financially. So, she plans to fix up the cottage and sell it. So, they pack their bags and drive to Maine where Wendy has approximately four weeks to fix up the cottage, sell it and return to their life in Ohio. Well! Her son Jackson has What a fun story! Wendy inherits the family beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine. Being widowed and raising her son alone, she sees this as an opportunity to help her and her son financially. Her husband's illness left her with medical bills and she is struggling financially. So, she plans to fix up the cottage and sell it. So, they pack their bags and drive to Maine where Wendy has approximately four weeks to fix up the cottage, sell it and return to their life in Ohio. Well! Her son Jackson has other plans. Without a doubt, Jackson wants to live in Seaside. He is enthusiastic, full of energy and loving his life in this small town.This is a wonderful story. It's the type of book where I want to curl up in a comfy chair, with my favorite beverage and savor every moment of the small community of Seaside. I love the cottage and the work Wendy and Jackson put into the house making it a warm and welcoming home. I loved Wendy, Jackson, Caleb and Oliver along with the new friends they were making in Seaside. This would be a great Hallmark film! It's a short story but full of warmth and coziness.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful story packed with hope, faith and love! A single mom struggling to make ends meet inherits a seaside cottage that could be the answer to her prayers for help. A long road trip for the holidays brings her to a tough decision: to sell or stay. “You and Dad used to tell me God will provide what we need....So maybe we just need to trust him more."I thoroughly enjoyed this tender story, with characters struggling with real life problems like financial difficulties, single parenting, seeki A wonderful story packed with hope, faith and love! A single mom struggling to make ends meet inherits a seaside cottage that could be the answer to her prayers for help. A long road trip for the holidays brings her to a tough decision: to sell or stay. “You and Dad used to tell me God will provide what we need....So maybe we just need to trust him more."I thoroughly enjoyed this tender story, with characters struggling with real life problems like financial difficulties, single parenting, seeking security, and a renewing of faith after loss. I loved Jackson and his enthusiasm as he tried so hard to help and convince his mom to keep the house. His reminder to trust God was like a word from above to her heart. Wendy struggles to be present while dealing with the stress of everything, wanting to do what is best for her son; something most parents can relate to. The fixer upper details of working on the house were perfect, as anyone who owns a home can attest to! I enjoyed the descriptions of the lovely small town by the sea. I hope there may be more stories set there, so I can visit again. Recommend for readers who enjoy an inspirational tale with a little bit of romance tucked in.(An e-book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely Christmas story. Good characters and good writing. I did feel the ending was a little rushed. I will share my review soon.
  • Suzie
    January 1, 1970
    Wendy Harper remembers her grandparents’ cottage on the coast of Maine as a place of comfort and peace, but life has taken over and she hasn’t been there in years. With plans to update and make repairs in order to sell the cottage and make life more comfortable for her and her son, the two make the trip from Ohio to Maine. But Jackson has other plans.It will take a miracle to allow this little family to stay in the cottage, but Jackson is determined to make it happen regardless of his mom’s agen Wendy Harper remembers her grandparents’ cottage on the coast of Maine as a place of comfort and peace, but life has taken over and she hasn’t been there in years. With plans to update and make repairs in order to sell the cottage and make life more comfortable for her and her son, the two make the trip from Ohio to Maine. But Jackson has other plans.It will take a miracle to allow this little family to stay in the cottage, but Jackson is determined to make it happen regardless of his mom’s agenda. As Wendy spends time in the small coastal community, will her practical side overrule her heart?Melody Carlson weaves a sweet tale of family, home, and finding what your heart desires in A Christmas by the Sea (including a fun meet cute). The perfect quick read to get you in the mood for the holidays.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    A Christmas by the Sea by author Melody Carson is a perfect holiday story about a family needing hope and a new start in life. I enjoyed the story so much! Wendy Harper is a widow with a son, Jackson. She inherits a small cottage in Seaside, Maine which she hopes to sell. Wendy needs the extra money to pay college debts and leftover hospital bills which accumulated during her husband's illness. Once Wendy and Jackson arrive at the cottage they are faced with a lot of work to make the place appea A Christmas by the Sea by author Melody Carson is a perfect holiday story about a family needing hope and a new start in life. I enjoyed the story so much! Wendy Harper is a widow with a son, Jackson. She inherits a small cottage in Seaside, Maine which she hopes to sell. Wendy needs the extra money to pay college debts and leftover hospital bills which accumulated during her husband's illness. Once Wendy and Jackson arrive at the cottage they are faced with a lot of work to make the place appealing to a potential buyer. Jackson wants to live in Seaside. The place has renewed faith and a sense of new hopes for Jackson, especially since he found Oliver.A beautiful story for hope and holiday hearts!Publication date: September 4, 2018Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    Each year I look forward to Melody Carlson's annual Christmas book. And each year they are a blessing. This one takes the reader to a small town in Maine when Wendy is left her grandfather's small cottage to which she visited every summer as a child. Her husband has died and she and her 12 year old son visit, with the intent to sell the cottage to help her struggling finances. But circumstances transpire to change her mind. A delightful read and surely to bless your heart.*My thanks to the publi Each year I look forward to Melody Carlson's annual Christmas book. And each year they are a blessing. This one takes the reader to a small town in Maine when Wendy is left her grandfather's small cottage to which she visited every summer as a child. Her husband has died and she and her 12 year old son visit, with the intent to sell the cottage to help her struggling finances. But circumstances transpire to change her mind. A delightful read and surely to bless your heart.*My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I was not required to leave a review and my opinion is my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    A Christmas by the Sea is a pretty good read. I would give it 4 stars and recommend it to add to any readers Holiday reading.
  • Deana Dick
    January 1, 1970
    This enchanting story will be coming out in September but it's worth getting excited about. The author writes with such compassion for her characters. Wendy has just discovered that she has inherited her family's picturesque cottage by the beach. Wendy can remember all the fun times she had there as a kid and it brings back fond memories.She packs up her twelve year old son, Jackson and takes a trip to see the cottage in Seaside, Maine. I could easily hear the waves as she got closer to the cott This enchanting story will be coming out in September but it's worth getting excited about. The author writes with such compassion for her characters. Wendy has just discovered that she has inherited her family's picturesque cottage by the beach. Wendy can remember all the fun times she had there as a kid and it brings back fond memories.She packs up her twelve year old son, Jackson and takes a trip to see the cottage in Seaside, Maine. I could easily hear the waves as she got closer to the cottage. It was a glorious sight to take in. I loved Jackson's excitement as he got closer to what he thought was going to be his new home. I wonder when Wendy will tell Jackson they are only there long enough to fix the place up and sell it?I'm sure Wendy is a bit surprised to see how much work needs to be down on the place. She finds a very helpful person at the hardware place who is an expert it seems in paint and floors. Caleb knows his way around since he is a craftsman. With an overwhelming amount of work to get done, Wendy and Jackson get to work on the cottage. I liked that Wendy took time to go shell hunting with Jackson. Jackson has so much energy and happiness is written all over himself. He loves the new place and is hoping his mom will change her mind about moving. Will the sea call Wendy to stay and make new memories with her son? Can Caleb convince Wendy to spend Christmas there or will she leave and go back to her home in Ohio? This is a short book, but it has so many great qualities that make the story flow with hope and a promise of a wonderful Christmas that feels your heart with family and love.I received a copy of this book from the Early Reader Program from The LibraryThing. The review is my own opinion.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    When Wendy Harper inherits her family's beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. But before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. She and her 12-year-old son Jackson move in--temporarily, she reminds him--in order to do the work themselves, even though Christmas is coming. The charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on both Wendy and Jackson, who even registers himsel When Wendy Harper inherits her family's beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. But before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. She and her 12-year-old son Jackson move in--temporarily, she reminds him--in order to do the work themselves, even though Christmas is coming. The charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on both Wendy and Jackson, who even registers himself for school in a bid to get his mom to move them there permanently. Wendy knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea is hard to resist.Melody Carlson never fails with her short Christmas stories! This year's takes us to the Maine coast, where a lady (who has experienced more than her fair share of hard luck lately) is trying to sell her recent inheritance and move forward with her life. God has other plans though... Enter a local resident, a jealous co-worker, a dog named Oliver, and well-meaning family, and you've got the recipe for a happy (and bee-lined) ending. The only thing I would have changed about this book is making it on a more realistic timeline, but maybe there are folks who move that quickly in real life, too. The setting is beautifully-described, the characters are realistic and lovable, and I would really love to see a DIY on those cute little seashell ornaments!
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  • Jennifer Ritter
    January 1, 1970
    A Christmas by the Sea is Melody Carlson’s most recent holiday offering. Widow Wendy Harper and her young adolescent son Jackson have traveled from their home in Ohio to Seaside, Maine to the oceanfront home left to her by her grandfather. Jackson, who has had a very hard time since his father’s death, is elated by the prospect of change. Wendy would love to be able to keep the home, but employment is limited in a vacation area and she is swamped in medical and student debt. The only way she see A Christmas by the Sea is Melody Carlson’s most recent holiday offering. Widow Wendy Harper and her young adolescent son Jackson have traveled from their home in Ohio to Seaside, Maine to the oceanfront home left to her by her grandfather. Jackson, who has had a very hard time since his father’s death, is elated by the prospect of change. Wendy would love to be able to keep the home, but employment is limited in a vacation area and she is swamped in medical and student debt. The only way she sees to get caught up and maybe even ahead is to fix up the cottage enough to sell for a good price.The change Wendy sees in Jackson makes her heartbroken to know the responsible thing is to sell. How is he going to accept this inevitable outcome now that he has made friends and feels accepted? And how can Wendy accept going back to a life that made them so unhappy?When Wendy makes the acquaintance of local merchant and craftsman Caleb Colton, he extends the hand of friendship to guide Wendy in ways that can lead her, and Jackson, to be able to establish a future in Seaside. But the future he offers is beyond her dreams.This is a sweet story of love and loss, growth and friendship. Melody Carlson is known for her touching stories and these characters will touch your heart. This is a good holiday read and I do recommend it.
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  • Lea
    January 1, 1970
    This is a feel-good Christmas romance story. The plot is not very original, with a widow and her son go to get her grandfther’s house at the oceanside ready to sell. The best part about the book was that the characters were helpful and kind. There was conflict between the main character Wendy and a resident Chrystal, but it wasn’t so bad that the language or the story got off track. My favorite character was the talented son Jackson. He has skills way beyond his years and is always very encourag This is a feel-good Christmas romance story. The plot is not very original, with a widow and her son go to get her grandfther’s house at the oceanside ready to sell. The best part about the book was that the characters were helpful and kind. There was conflict between the main character Wendy and a resident Chrystal, but it wasn’t so bad that the language or the story got off track. My favorite character was the talented son Jackson. He has skills way beyond his years and is always very encouraging and helpful to his mom. I enjoyed reading about a teen-ager who was not so self-absorbed. The love story was there in the background, obvious but not taking over the plot. I also enjoyed the new pet, a dog named Oliver who is an extra attraction in the book. Melody Carlson never disappoints with books that make you feel like celebrating the goodness of mankind and the special holiday that is Christmas. Those who enjoy a good Christmas romance will thoroughly enjoy this quick read.DisclaimerDisclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The 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 Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
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  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    Melody Carlson has written over two hundred books among which are many Christmas stories. All of the ones I've read, including Christmas By the Sea, are sweet, encouraging holiday stories that would make wonderful Hallmark type Christmas movies. Wendy Harper and her son Jackson are headed to Maine to see the seaside cottage she often visited while growing up, the one she had inherited from her grandfather. While Jackson dreams of making a permanent move to Maine, Wendy must face the reality tha Melody Carlson has written over two hundred books among which are many Christmas stories. All of the ones I've read, including Christmas By the Sea, are sweet, encouraging holiday stories that would make wonderful Hallmark type Christmas movies. Wendy Harper and her son Jackson are headed to Maine to see the seaside cottage she often visited while growing up, the one she had inherited from her grandfather. While Jackson dreams of making a permanent move to Maine, Wendy must face the reality that selling the cottage is the only way to pay off the debts incurred during her husband's battle with cancer. While the characters are endearing, the ending is somewhat predictable, and in true Christmas movie tradition includes a rapidly progressing romance. The main theme of the story is trusting in God's provision. If you would like a sweet, quick read, this book fits the bill. I thank NetGalley and Revell for providing me with a copy of Christmas By the Sea in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.
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  • Angela Brocato-Skaggs
    January 1, 1970
    Wendy and her son, Jackson, have been living in Cincinnati, OH and trying to cope with life after the death of her husband, his dad. Wendy's grandfather passed away and left her his home in Seaside, Maine. Wendy plans on updating the home and selling it ASAP. They drive to Maine over Thanksgiving break and both fall in love with the house and town. Jackson wants to live there but Wendy sees no way to make a living and insists they must go back to Cincinnati. Will the townspeople, one in particul Wendy and her son, Jackson, have been living in Cincinnati, OH and trying to cope with life after the death of her husband, his dad. Wendy's grandfather passed away and left her his home in Seaside, Maine. Wendy plans on updating the home and selling it ASAP. They drive to Maine over Thanksgiving break and both fall in love with the house and town. Jackson wants to live there but Wendy sees no way to make a living and insists they must go back to Cincinnati. Will the townspeople, one in particular, change her mind and give a young boy his Christmas wish?What a heartwarming, beautiful Christmas read. Melody Carlson writes with such love and hope that you can't help but fall in love with Seaside. She makes the reader wish we could experience the Christmas season on the Maine coast with mornings of shelling, days filled with creating beauty within our home and evenings filled with delicious seafood meals.I would like to see a return visit to Seaside with one of the other characters with an update to how Wendy and Jackson are doing.I received a complimentary copy of this story from Revell through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.
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  • Lisa Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a very sweet story about a Mom trying to do what is best for her family. Wendy is taking her son Jackson who is 12 back to her grandparents cabin in Seaside a place close to her heart. Her grandfather has left a cabin in seaside and she is going to see if she can sale it. Jackson has other ideas he wants to make this place his home . They get to know several people while redoing the cabin. Caleb is one the people they meet. He really wants to get to know Wendy. The people they meet This book is a very sweet story about a Mom trying to do what is best for her family. Wendy is taking her son Jackson who is 12 back to her grandparents cabin in Seaside a place close to her heart. Her grandfather has left a cabin in seaside and she is going to see if she can sale it. Jackson has other ideas he wants to make this place his home . They get to know several people while redoing the cabin. Caleb is one the people they meet. He really wants to get to know Wendy. The people they meet and the heart of the community make it difficult for Wendy to return to Ohio where they have been living. She is questioning herself a lot on whether she can make a go of it in this sweet community. Caleb and Jackson continuing to try to convince her she can make a living with her shell creations. In the end everything turns out the way it is suppose. Just as Jackson told her "God with provide a way". Enjoyed reading this book look forward to reading more from Melody Carlson. I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    A Christmas by the Sea is everything I look for in a warm cozy Christmas story! I was totally charmed by Carlson's characters single mom Wendy and her son Jackson. As the pair made their way to the idyllic and picturesque small town Of Seaside Maine, I felt like I was on the grand adventure with them.I loved that they were on their way to fix up the family beach cottage and really enjoyed the play by play of their home improvement efforts. Their beachcombing for shell treasures and later Wendy's A Christmas by the Sea is everything I look for in a warm cozy Christmas story! I was totally charmed by Carlson's characters single mom Wendy and her son Jackson. As the pair made their way to the idyllic and picturesque small town Of Seaside Maine, I felt like I was on the grand adventure with them.I loved that they were on their way to fix up the family beach cottage and really enjoyed the play by play of their home improvement efforts. Their beachcombing for shell treasures and later Wendy's turning them into works of art added to the overall satisfaction I was already experiencing on every page. Add in the handsome and mysterious artist craftsman Caleb and the story moves up a notch with the attraction between he and Wendy.The Christmas season made all the other wonderful parts of the book that much better. I highly recommend A Christmas by the Sea to anyone who loves beach cottages and small town settings, has an interest in handmade treasures and fixer uppers, complete with a touching love story and all the joy and miracles of Christmas!Many thanks to Revell for making a copy of A Christmas by the Sea for making a copy available for review. Also my thanks to Melody Carlson for getting my Christmas season off to a wonderful start!
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  • K P
    January 1, 1970
    Melody Carlson's latest Christmas novella is entitled A Christmas by the Sea. The main character is Wendy Harper. She has just received the surprise of her life: her grandfather has left her his cottage along the shores of Maine! Her son, Jackson, is ready to leave Ohio and start a new life in Maine; however, Wendy is simply hoping to sell the cottage, to pay of the debts left after her husband's death!You will see how hard Wendy and her son work to restore this cottage. Along the way, they meet Melody Carlson's latest Christmas novella is entitled A Christmas by the Sea. The main character is Wendy Harper. She has just received the surprise of her life: her grandfather has left her his cottage along the shores of Maine! Her son, Jackson, is ready to leave Ohio and start a new life in Maine; however, Wendy is simply hoping to sell the cottage, to pay of the debts left after her husband's death!You will see how hard Wendy and her son work to restore this cottage. Along the way, they meet a local furniture builder, Caleb Colton, who helps them settle into the lifestyle of this small, coastal town!While Wendy is filled with wonderful memories of her time with her grandparents and cannot deny the beauty of this place, she cannot see a way to financially support her son in a tourist town. Hold on to see what answer God places before her by the time you reach the final page!While the ending falls on you a little too quickly, this little book was worth the read!
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  • Psusan
    January 1, 1970
    A Christmas by the Sea is the first book I have read written by Melody Carlson. I have seen her name many times, often associated with a holiday title. I have been missing out on a great author. A Christmas by the Sea is written with heart about characters especially Wendy and her son, Jackson, who are easy to identify and understand their hesitations. Jackson is just a great character, that I would love to read his story when he is ten or fifteen years older. I must say I loved everything about A Christmas by the Sea is the first book I have read written by Melody Carlson. I have seen her name many times, often associated with a holiday title. I have been missing out on a great author. A Christmas by the Sea is written with heart about characters especially Wendy and her son, Jackson, who are easy to identify and understand their hesitations. Jackson is just a great character, that I would love to read his story when he is ten or fifteen years older. I must say I loved everything about this story until the conclusion. The pacing was on spot until it was so rushed at the end. I wanted to say slow down and let it all play out in a normal way, not one that happened so quickly. Would I read more by Melody Carson? You bet, but I am hoping the next book I read is not a rush to the finish.The publisher through Net Galley provided an ARC. I have voluntarily decided to read and review, giving my personal opinions and thoughts.
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  • Nicola Short
    January 1, 1970
    I received a advanced readers copy of "A Christmas By the Sea" from NetGallery. Thank you to NetGallery, the publisher and Melody Carlson for allowing me to read this delightful book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.I enjoyed getting to know Wendy and her son, Jackson, the main characters in the book. Wendy is a widow trying to support herself and her son. Wendy is surprised when she inherits a small beach house in Seaside, Maine and decides she will fix it up and sell it I received a advanced readers copy of "A Christmas By the Sea" from NetGallery. Thank you to NetGallery, the publisher and Melody Carlson for allowing me to read this delightful book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.I enjoyed getting to know Wendy and her son, Jackson, the main characters in the book. Wendy is a widow trying to support herself and her son. Wendy is surprised when she inherits a small beach house in Seaside, Maine and decides she will fix it up and sell it. Jackson has other ideas. Caleb Colton lives in Seaside and he is the first person Wendy interacts with and the evolution of their relationship is very sweet.I found this book to be a light, fun, heartwarming read and look forward to reading more books by Melody Carlson.
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  • Ellen White
    January 1, 1970
    Wendy with her twelve year old son., driving to a beach cottage she inherited in Maine. Still with the mountain of bills, and moving to an apartment, could this place be sold. Seaside, a little bigger than twenty years ago.,work to be done. Finding a helpful guy at the store, encouraging her on some of the projects, she could do. Her son loved the beach and making friends with Kara. Could there be anyway of making a living and staying in Seaside. Where her boy was once again a boy, playing, inst Wendy with her twelve year old son., driving to a beach cottage she inherited in Maine. Still with the mountain of bills, and moving to an apartment, could this place be sold. Seaside, a little bigger than twenty years ago.,work to be done. Finding a helpful guy at the store, encouraging her on some of the projects, she could do. Her son loved the beach and making friends with Kara. Could there be anyway of making a living and staying in Seaside. Where her boy was once again a boy, playing, instead of being the man of the house, Readers will enjoy this heart felt story of lost, and bills, seeing a young boy, trying to grow up to fast. Given ARC by NetGallet and Revell for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program in exchange for a fair review. I have a large collection of Christmas Romances so looked forward to this book.Wendy is a widow who has a lot of debt because of her husband's medical bills and their combined student loans. She receives an inheritance, her family's seaside cottage. Her idea is to fix it up and sell quick to help get herself out of debt. Her son though believes they will keep the cottage and live their permanently. As I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program in exchange for a fair review. I have a large collection of Christmas Romances so looked forward to this book.Wendy is a widow who has a lot of debt because of her husband's medical bills and their combined student loans. She receives an inheritance, her family's seaside cottage. Her idea is to fix it up and sell quick to help get herself out of debt. Her son though believes they will keep the cottage and live their permanently. As I said, quick read but for me too much was about Wendy worrying. There was actually not a lot of interaction between the two romantic leads and even less about Christmas. Liked the vision that I have of the cottage and I'm still smelling the salt air.
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  • Cecilia
    January 1, 1970
    A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson is a sweet holiday story about renewing ones faith and hope. Wendy Harper, a young widow and mother of preteen Jackson, inherits her beloved family cottage in Maine. She thinks that it is the answer to her financial troubles if she can just do come home improvements and get it sold. I really enjoyed this short story set in Seaside, Maine. Jackson is so full of faith and hope that they can make a life for themselves in Seaside, that it really reminds the r A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson is a sweet holiday story about renewing ones faith and hope. Wendy Harper, a young widow and mother of preteen Jackson, inherits her beloved family cottage in Maine. She thinks that it is the answer to her financial troubles if she can just do come home improvements and get it sold. I really enjoyed this short story set in Seaside, Maine. Jackson is so full of faith and hope that they can make a life for themselves in Seaside, that it really reminds the reader that we should all put our trust in God and let him have control over our life. I received a copy of this novel from netgalley.com and Revell in return for my honest review.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    This book was adorable, and so heartfelt. I was drawn in immediately and I just curled up with a blanket and enjoyed this beautiful story. Melody Carlson’s Christmas stories are always so refreshing and wonderfully simple. They are a perfect break during the sometimes stressful Christmas season. I finished this book really quickly; this would be a perfect cozy winter day book, when it’s cold and snowy outside, and you can just curl up by a fire, or under a big blanket and read for a few hours. * This book was adorable, and so heartfelt. I was drawn in immediately and I just curled up with a blanket and enjoyed this beautiful story. Melody Carlson’s Christmas stories are always so refreshing and wonderfully simple. They are a perfect break during the sometimes stressful Christmas season. I finished this book really quickly; this would be a perfect cozy winter day book, when it’s cold and snowy outside, and you can just curl up by a fire, or under a big blanket and read for a few hours. *I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Janet Graham
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet Seaside RomanceThis is a sweet and clean romance that takes place in a small coastal Maine town. There are elements of faith throughout the story, but it's not overwhelming. This story could lead to a series. The plot is simple, yet well done. The characters are totally believable, but somewhat one dimensional. The story is good enough for me to keep and re-read again later. I will also be looking for more of this author's work. I received this book for free and this is my honest review.
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    Melody Carlson knows how to write sweet romances. This is a relatively short book about a single mom Wendy with her preteen son Jackson who inherits a seaside cottage in Maine. Wendy drives up to Maine with the sole intention of fixing up the cottage and selling it to help their financial woes but gets sidetracked by a handsome, kind, generous local furniture maker who befriends her and her son. As the days unfold, Wendy and Jackson are mesmerized by the charm of the small seaside town (and you, Melody Carlson knows how to write sweet romances. This is a relatively short book about a single mom Wendy with her preteen son Jackson who inherits a seaside cottage in Maine. Wendy drives up to Maine with the sole intention of fixing up the cottage and selling it to help their financial woes but gets sidetracked by a handsome, kind, generous local furniture maker who befriends her and her son. As the days unfold, Wendy and Jackson are mesmerized by the charm of the small seaside town (and you, as a reader, will be, too!). The relationship between Wendy and Caleb is sweet and tender. If you’re looking for a well-written heart-warming story with Christmas themes, you will love this story. I received a copy of the book from Baker Publishing Group via Interviews and Reviews and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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