The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

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 disclos...

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The Christmas Blessing Reviews

  • Hannah

    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.

  • Rebekah Morris

    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.

  • Olivia

    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*

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    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.

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    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.

  • Amanda Tero

    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*

  • Anna

    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.

  • Jen

    A beautiful short, sweet Christmas story

  • Jesseca Wheaton

    Well, that was sweet. ;) More like 3.5 stars. Review to come!

  • Staci

    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.

  • Vera Godley

    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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