[Revell Blog Tour&Review] Christmas At Harrington’s by Melody Carlson

Posted 16 November, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

About the Book:
Sometimes the best gift is a second chance

Christmas is approaching, and Lena Markham finds herself penniless, friendless, and nearly hopeless. She is trying to restart her life, but job opportunities are practically nonexistent. When a secondhand red coat unexpectedly lands her a job as Mrs. Santa at a department store, Lena finally thinks her luck is changing. But can she keep her past a secret?
Reading Christmas at Harrington’s, a story full of redemption and true holiday spirit, will be your newest Christmas tradition.

About the Author:

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. She also writes many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon. Visit Melody’s website at www.melodycarlson.com.

My Review:
One of my most favorite times of the year is Christmas. I love the colors, the feel, the sounds, and the smells. Yep, the smells! But I also love reading the Christmas stories that authors write, so, when Christmas at Harrington’s by Melody Carlson became available, I couldn’t resist wanting to review it! Not only did it sound like a really sweet read, I fell in love with the cover. The cover scene really came to life for me and instantly captivated me for the story! 

Christmas at Harrington’s is a sweet and interesting read. A woman inmate left go five years early for good behavior from a crime she insists she didn’t commit ends up playing Mrs. Santa in the town of Harrington???? Now THAT is a different twist on Christmas! But, it’s one with wonderful characters and messages of God’s redeeming love. I loved Lena. She was a wonderful character created with love by Melody Carlson. But, my most favorite character, was sweet little Jemima, so innocent and full of hope. Jemima and Lena, I found, had something in common: they both wanted a new life and a new start that’s full of happiness, even if meant being Mrs. Santa in Harrington’s Department Store and having a new name. 

Through Lena, Jemima, one warm festive coat and God, Melody Carlson creates a story full of love,laughter and hope. Carrying a message of God’s redeeming grace, and what Christmas is really all about (through the telling of Twas’ the Night Before Christmas Nativity Story-also written by Melody Carlson-in which I MUST MUST MUST get!), this book is one that MUST NOT be missed by any book lover. If you love Christmas and a good story written by a wonderfully talented author, this 5 star book is the place to start this holiday season, or if you have a book lover in your life, add this to their Christmas gift list! 

You can purchase your copy here

~Available November 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group~

*This book was provided for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group*

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