A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson

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...

Details A Christmas by the Sea

TitleA Christmas by the Sea
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Fiction, Contemporary, Christian Fiction, Romance, Adult

Reviews A Christmas by the Sea

  • Mischenko
    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series multiple times, this is a first read by this author for me.The story begins with Wendy who's just lost her husband to cancer and currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio wi...
  • Deanne Patterson
    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at home no matter where you are. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago and inheriting her grandparents beach house is a t...
  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left with medical bills and student loans, finding out that she had inherited her grandparent's beach house seems like a true blessing. Heading to the small town of Seas...
  • Shirley Chapel
    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before herGrandpa, who she called Poppa, passed away. He left her his cottage by the ocean in Seaside Maine.Wendy and her twelve year old son travel to Seaside to visit the cottage. Wendy w...
  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    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 f...
  • Olivia
    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 s...
  • Monica
    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...
  • Loraine
    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very predictable ending which was a bit rushed just to wind up this novella as she had only known Caleb for two weeks, so this felt a bit unrealistic and financially unso...
  • Gloria
    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...
  • Laura
    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 ...
  • Vera Godley
    I always enjoy reading a novella or two focused on Christmas time. Most are joyful, uplifting, sweet reads. Not too long--just right to immerse oneself in for a bit of relaxing reading, enjoying a good cup of tea or coffee.Author Melody Carlson has written several and doesn't disappoint.In A Christmas by the Sea we meet a single mom with a young teenage son. They have lost a beloved husband and father to the ravages of cancer and are trying to ma...
  • Kristina
    A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson takes us to Seaside, Maine. Wendy Harper is traveling with her son, Jackson from Ohio to Seaside just before Thanksgiving. Wendy inherited a beach cottage from her grandfather. It is an answer to her prayers since she has a slew of debts incurred from her deceased husband’s battle with cancer along with student loans. Wendy has managed to get a month off to renovate the cottage and get it listed for sale...
  • Melissa
    I was completely charmed by this short, sweet Christmas novella. Melody weaves wonderful Christmas stories and this is without a doubt my favorite of all of them! Sweet characters(I adored Jackson!), a lovely setting and a great story line make this a great read. Definitely one for my keeper shelf!I received this book from the publisher, and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
  • Jeanne Adamek
    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names...
  • Maureen Timerman
    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...
  • Karen R
    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 ...
  • Jen.
    A Christmas by the Sea is this year’s Christmas novella from Melody Carlson. It’s the story of Wendy and her son, Jackson as they remodel an inherited cottage in touristy Seaside, Maine. Their stay is supposed to be temporary. The plan is to refurbish her grandparents’ cottage, sell it and head back to Ohio…and fast. Only, Wendy hasn’t shared this information with Jackson, who is over the moon excited about this move. Will she break his...
  • Katherine
    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 retur...
  • Cheryl
    I grabbed a copy of this book because I am familiar with this author. I have enjoyed previous books form this author. While, Christmas is still a few months away, I was in the mood for getting an early start with my holiday reading. Sadly, this book did not put me in the holiday mood. I struggled to connect to either of the main characters. Thus the story did not captivate me. In fact, I found it kind of dry. Try as I might, I had a hard time sta...
  • Jennifer Robb
    It's a sweet book--but you pretty much know the ending from the start. Wendy inherits a Maine beach cottage from her grandfather. She plans to sell it and continue their life in Ohio. Her son Jackson talks her into visiting it first and both he and Wendy like hearing her stories about the summers she spent their with her grandparents. Wendy is pleasantly surprised to find the town both changed and unchanged. Some aspects are similar to what she r...
  • Mark
    I have come to equate a great Christmas story with Melody Carlson. She has been writing a Christmas novel every year for several years now, and I have a shelf containing those books. It may seem odd to be reading and reviewing a Christmas book in September, but there was no way I'd pass up a chance to review her newest Christmas novel. I would rather have read it closer to Christmas, but the review dates are this month. Of all of her books I have...
  • Helen
    A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson takes place in Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper is barely making ends meet after the death of her husband. Her grandfather has past away and has left his beach cottage to her. She takes her son to the cottage with plans to renovate it and sell it to help out her financial situation. Her son has different ideas, he wants to stay there to live. Her goal is to be done with the cottage by Christmas.This is a very t...
  • Suzie
    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 det...
  • Diane
    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 ar...
  • Lisa Johnson
    Title: Christmas by the SeaAuthor: Melody CarlsonPages: 176Year: 2018Publisher: RevellMy rating: 5 out of 5 stars.Melody’s tale brings forth hope after loss, and joy after sorrow. Christmas by the Sea shares about Wendy who has inherited the summer cabin she visited with her grandparents as a little girl. Wendy is filled with stories and memories she has shared with her son Jackson throughout the years. Now she has inherited the cabin and Jacks...
  • Diane
    Welcome to November in Maine, where widow Wendy Harper and her 12 year old son Jackson have inherited a tiny cottage on the shores of the Atlantic in a tiny town called Seaside where Wendy vacationed with her grandparents as a child. Wendy’s plan is to spruce up the cottage and put it on the market to help with the debt incurred during her husband’s battle with cancer but she knows doing so will break her son’s heart. I really enjoyed the b...
  • Patti Whitson Stephenson
    I look forward each Christmas season to reading a new Christmas novella from Melody Carlson. This story is one of her best. I loved the characters of Wendy and Jackson. They have suffered great loss, and Wendy is struggling to find a way to provide for Jackson’s future. Returning to live permanently in Seaside. Maine, in her grandparents’ cottage seems an impossibility. But as Jackson reminds his mom, she needs to fully place her trust in God...
  • Sandra
    This was a quick book to read and while I feel it is unrealistic for so much to happen in the short time this story takes place I still completely enjoyed reading the story. In this book the main character inherits a cottage by the sea and heads there from Ohio to get it ready to sell. She is a single mom and her teenage son is very excited to go and "move" to this home. She takes off a couple weeks from work which is right before Thanksgiving an...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    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 ...
  • Beth
    such a fan of this cover, totally pulled me in for reading this Christmas read. such a great idea for a book ... u will be pulled in and your heartstrings will be pulled this way and that. great characters. new to this author ... i will be reading more from Melody soon enough!! must read. LOVED IT!! ( :