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
ISBN9780800722708
Author
Release DateSep 5th, 2017
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Christian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Christian, Romance
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Reviews The Christmas Blessing

  • Hannah
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Amanda Tero
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Kristina
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Lori Parrish
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Nadine Keels
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Beckie Burnham
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Shirley Chapel
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Cafinated Reads Molly
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Darla Damron
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    Review to come!
  • Maureen Timerman
    1970-01-01
    I loved this story, and the author had me walking with the young mother, and remembering that things were very different back in the ‘40’s and the stigma of being an unwed mother.You can see God’s hand in each event that happens here, and you will want to have the tissues handy. I did love the symbolism of the manger, and the catalyst of bringing the baby into the lives of his family, but what a sacrifice and love this mother does for her c...
  • Wilani Wahl
    1970-01-01
    A tender tearjerker with a happy ending story. Perfect Christmas story but also one that will be enjoyed any time of the year. It is well written and I loved the Inspirational aspects of the story. Would love to read more of this family.
  • Tina
    1970-01-01
    The Christmas BlessingBy Melody Carlson In this sweet story by Melody Carlson, we meet Amelia Richards, single mom to young Jimmy in the days of World War 2. One New Years Eve, she meets James, a young navy pilot. The two dance the night away and spend every minute available together. They plan to wed immediately, even getting a wedding license. However, on the eve of their wedding day, James is called back into service early. He is reported as d...
  • Narita
    1970-01-01
    I am always excited when Ms. Carlson publishes and new book and cannot wait to read it. I love the way she captures the true Christmas spirit in so many different ways. All stories are different and filled with faith and surprises. All my other books including this one stays on my bookshelf. I do not even loan them out!It’s 1944 and men are being shipped off to war at a moment’s notice. Caught up in whirlwind romances and knowing the possibil...
  • Laura Lane
    1970-01-01
    I've read several of Melody Carlson's books—The Christmas Bus, Christmas at Harrington's, The Christmas Angel Project, The Gift of Christmas Present, The Christmas Shoppe, and my favorite—The Christmas Joy Ride. Carlson's books are happy ending books just like Christmas books should be!The Christmas Blessing is set during World War II. It's a classic boy meets girl beginning with a whirlwind romance. Plans to marry, then an interruption by a ...
  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    1970-01-01
    The Christmas BlessingBy Melody CarlsonIt's that time of year again when Melody Carlson comes out with yet another delightful Christmas story. This year is a journey into the past with a visit to 1944. Amelia Richardson is determined to provide a better life for her young son, one better than she had, but when she learned of James death in the war Amelia's left with few choices. She can continue on as she has been, hoping to find a new job. Or sh...
  • Mardell
    1970-01-01
    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017Reviewing: The Christmas Blessing: An Uplifting Book by Melody CarlsonIf you are looking for a book to lift your spirits, The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson is for you. I was caught between the pages from the beginning and read it straight through. It is close to Thanksgiving in 1944 and Amelia Richards is determined to take her infant son James to meet his grandparents for the first time. The only problem is, t...
  • Amanda
    1970-01-01
    This is my third year of reviewing Melody Carlson’s Christmas stories and I always enjoy reading them. (Reviews for The Christmas Angel Project and The Christmas Joyride). Every year, she releases a Christmas story that warms the heart and gets the reader in the mood for the Christmas season and this book was no exception.The story follows Amelia, who lost her sweetheart in World War 2 after a whirlwind romance that produced a child. Her sweeth...
  • Caitlin Allen
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to Revell and Netgalley for the free copy of this novel. All opinions in this blog are my own.Let me start off by saying that this is a super quick read. I started it at 8 and was finished at 9:30. This is also the second Christmas book I have read this month, which is also quite shocking because I tend to be a scrooge. (Don’t like all the commercialization of the holiday)Carlson creates a cute, picturesque plot in this novel. This is...
  • Sprinkles and Pink
    1970-01-01
    This was a sweet Christmas read which can be read in an afternoon if you have a few hours. I enjoyed the story. I like stories about struggling single parents so I was engaged in the book right away. They story did not contain much romance, but was more about Amelia struggling to do what was best for her baby. The baby's grandparents played a prominent role in the book and I liked getting to know them. I liked George, the grandfather who happened...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    THE CHRISTMAS BLESSING is a sweet novella that I easily read in a few hours. It is similar to a short story I read maybe a year ago by another author, but slightly different. Both involved unwed mothers who never married their soldiers before they were killed at war. Both contacted the man's parents for help with the baby. Both parents wanted to adopt the baby.... etc. The other story the heroine was a waitress, this one she's a hairdresser. Othe...
  • Janelle Cole
    1970-01-01
    I always enjoy getting my hands on Christmas books in late summer, kind of taste of things to come!!  I enjoyed reading The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson.  I have enjoyed reading and reviewing other Christmas novels by Ms. Carlson in the past, and this sweet book was a joy! {The Christmas Pony, The Christmas Shoppe and A Simple Christmas Wish} The setting is World War II, when a young woman, Amelia,  finds herself in a bit of trouble a...
  • Tima
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Barb Klein
    1970-01-01
    Melody Carlson has written a Christmas novel set during WWII. “The Christmas Blessing” is truly that. This novel is a very sweet and endearing story set to touch the heart of everyone who reads it.Amelia Richards receives news that her fiancé has been shot down in the Pacific theatre. He doesn’t know about the baby and now never will. Amelia is down to her last penny and decides that she needs to see James’ parents, tell them about their...