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
ISBN9780800722715
Author
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Contemporary, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Adult
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Reviews A Christmas by the Sea

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Gloria
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Maureen Timerman
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Monica
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Katherine
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Kristina
    1970-01-01
    A lovely Christmas story. Good characters and good writing. I did feel the ending was a little rushed. I will share my review soon.
  • Suzie
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    A Christmas by the Sea is a pretty good read. I would give it 4 stars and recommend it to add to any readers Holiday reading.
  • Deana Dick
    1970-01-01
    This enchanting story will be coming out in September but it's worth getting excited about. The author writes with such compassion for her characters. Wendy has just discovered that she has inherited her family's picturesque cottage by the beach. Wendy can remember all the fun times she had there as a kid and it brings back fond memories.She packs up her twelve year old son, Jackson and takes a trip to see the cottage in Seaside, Maine. I could e...
  • Holly
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Jennifer Ritter
    1970-01-01
    A Christmas by the Sea is Melody Carlson’s most recent holiday offering. Widow Wendy Harper and her young adolescent son Jackson have traveled from their home in Ohio to Seaside, Maine to the oceanfront home left to her by her grandfather. Jackson, who has had a very hard time since his father’s death, is elated by the prospect of change. Wendy would love to be able to keep the home, but employment is limited in a vacation area and she is swa...
  • Lea
    1970-01-01
    This is a feel-good Christmas romance story. The plot is not very original, with a widow and her son go to get her grandfther’s house at the oceanside ready to sell. The best part about the book was that the characters were helpful and kind. There was conflict between the main character Wendy and a resident Chrystal, but it wasn’t so bad that the language or the story got off track. My favorite character was the talented son Jackson. He has s...
  • Claudia
    1970-01-01
    Melody Carlson has written over two hundred books among which are many Christmas stories. All of the ones I've read, including Christmas By the Sea, are sweet, encouraging holiday stories that would make wonderful Hallmark type Christmas movies. Wendy Harper and her son Jackson are headed to Maine to see the seaside cottage she often visited while growing up, the one she had inherited from her grandfather. While Jackson dreams of making a permane...
  • Angela Brocato-Skaggs
    1970-01-01
    Wendy and her son, Jackson, have been living in Cincinnati, OH and trying to cope with life after the death of her husband, his dad. Wendy's grandfather passed away and left her his home in Seaside, Maine. Wendy plans on updating the home and selling it ASAP. They drive to Maine over Thanksgiving break and both fall in love with the house and town. Jackson wants to live there but Wendy sees no way to make a living and insists they must go back to...
  • Lisa Phillips
    1970-01-01
    This book is a very sweet story about a Mom trying to do what is best for her family. Wendy is taking her son Jackson who is 12 back to her grandparents cabin in Seaside a place close to her heart. Her grandfather has left a cabin in seaside and she is going to see if she can sale it. Jackson has other ideas he wants to make this place his home . They get to know several people while redoing the cabin. Caleb is one the people they meet. He really...
  • Tracey
    1970-01-01
    A Christmas by the Sea is everything I look for in a warm cozy Christmas story! I was totally charmed by Carlson's characters single mom Wendy and her son Jackson. As the pair made their way to the idyllic and picturesque small town Of Seaside Maine, I felt like I was on the grand adventure with them.I loved that they were on their way to fix up the family beach cottage and really enjoyed the play by play of their home improvement efforts. Their ...
  • K P
    1970-01-01
    Melody Carlson's latest Christmas novella is entitled A Christmas by the Sea. The main character is Wendy Harper. She has just received the surprise of her life: her grandfather has left her his cottage along the shores of Maine! Her son, Jackson, is ready to leave Ohio and start a new life in Maine; however, Wendy is simply hoping to sell the cottage, to pay of the debts left after her husband's death!You will see how hard Wendy and her son work...
  • Psusan
    1970-01-01
    A Christmas by the Sea is the first book I have read written by Melody Carlson. I have seen her name many times, often associated with a holiday title. I have been missing out on a great author. A Christmas by the Sea is written with heart about characters especially Wendy and her son, Jackson, who are easy to identify and understand their hesitations. Jackson is just a great character, that I would love to read his story when he is ten or fiftee...
  • Nicola Short
    1970-01-01
    I received a advanced readers copy of "A Christmas By the Sea" from NetGallery. Thank you to NetGallery, the publisher and Melody Carlson for allowing me to read this delightful book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.I enjoyed getting to know Wendy and her son, Jackson, the main characters in the book. Wendy is a widow trying to support herself and her son. Wendy is surprised when she inherits a small beach house in Seaside...
  • Ellen White
    1970-01-01
    Wendy with her twelve year old son., driving to a beach cottage she inherited in Maine. Still with the mountain of bills, and moving to an apartment, could this place be sold. Seaside, a little bigger than twenty years ago.,work to be done. Finding a helpful guy at the store, encouraging her on some of the projects, she could do. Her son loved the beach and making friends with Kara. Could there be anyway of making a living and staying in Seaside....
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program in exchange for a fair review. I have a large collection of Christmas Romances so looked forward to this book.Wendy is a widow who has a lot of debt because of her husband's medical bills and their combined student loans. She receives an inheritance, her family's seaside cottage. Her idea is to fix it up and sell quick to help get herself out of debt. Her son though believes they wil...
  • Cecilia
    1970-01-01
    A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson is a sweet holiday story about renewing ones faith and hope. Wendy Harper, a young widow and mother of preteen Jackson, inherits her beloved family cottage in Maine. She thinks that it is the answer to her financial troubles if she can just do come home improvements and get it sold. I really enjoyed this short story set in Seaside, Maine. Jackson is so full of faith and hope that they can make a life for t...
  • Alyssa
    1970-01-01
    This book was adorable, and so heartfelt. I was drawn in immediately and I just curled up with a blanket and enjoyed this beautiful story. Melody Carlson’s Christmas stories are always so refreshing and wonderfully simple. They are a perfect break during the sometimes stressful Christmas season. I finished this book really quickly; this would be a perfect cozy winter day book, when it’s cold and snowy outside, and you can just curl up by a fi...
  • Janet Graham
    1970-01-01
    Sweet Seaside RomanceThis is a sweet and clean romance that takes place in a small coastal Maine town. There are elements of faith throughout the story, but it's not overwhelming. This story could lead to a series. The plot is simple, yet well done. The characters are totally believable, but somewhat one dimensional. The story is good enough for me to keep and re-read again later. I will also be looking for more of this author's work. I received ...
  • MJSH
    1970-01-01
    Melody Carlson knows how to write sweet romances. This is a relatively short book about a single mom Wendy with her preteen son Jackson who inherits a seaside cottage in Maine. Wendy drives up to Maine with the sole intention of fixing up the cottage and selling it to help their financial woes but gets sidetracked by a handsome, kind, generous local furniture maker who befriends her and her son. As the days unfold, Wendy and Jackson are mesmerize...