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 disclose the truth of her relationship with their son? Or could the celebration of...

Details The Christmas Blessing

TitleThe Christmas Blessing
Release DateSep 5th, 2017
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Historical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Christian

Reviews The Christmas Blessing

  • 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 hap...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. Thi...
  • 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 ...
  • Melanie
    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 th...
  • Jesseca Wheaton
    Well, that was sweet. ;) More like 3.5 stars. Review to come!
  • 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 d...
  • Jen
    A beautiful short, sweet Christmas story
  • 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...
  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    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...
  • Kristina
    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 sho...
  • Laura
    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 proble...
  • Jeanie
    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 sha...
  • Lori
    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 r...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    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.
  • Jeanne Adamek
    3.5 stars
  • Nadine Keels
    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 Chr...
  • Shirley Chapel
    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 hand...
  • Tima
    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 ...
  • Beckie Burnham
    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...
  • Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
    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 presume...
  • Kathleen E.
    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 n...
  • Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber
    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...
  • Kelly Bridgewater
    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...
  • Deb Haggerty
    Deb’s Dozen: Unmarried woman, young baby, fiancé dead, no money, nowhere else to go.Melody Carlson has written a poignant story, The Christmas Blessing, about a young woman during World War II. While living in San Diego, Amelia had met and fallen in love with a young pilot. A wartime romance, short and sweet. They’d acquired their marriage license and planned to be married the next day. But James got orders to report for active duty that nig...
  • Chris
    Amelia Richards receives the news in 1944 that her baby's father was shot down in the South Pacific.She is jobless and broke and nowhere to turn to for help and then she decides to go back to Jame's hometown and ask for help from little Jimmy's paternal godparents. Jame's family is wealthy and influential and she is not sure she will be welcomed or helped. I love Christmas stories and WWII, so this was a perfect mix.
  • Darla Damron
    I read this book in one evening. It was a very emotional (yes I cried) story and pulled at this Momma's heart. I have read several of Melody Carlson books and I do believe this one is my favorite! I received a copy from Revell via Netgalley. Thank you Revell! All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.
  • Regina
    Review to come!