Tuesday, September 4, 2018

C Reviews: A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Revell
Released: Sept. 4, 2018
176 pages
About the Book:
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 both Wendy and Jackson, who even registers himself for school in a bid to get his mom to move them there permanently. Wendy knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea is hard to resist.

Join award-winning author Melody Carlson for a Christmas story that will warm your heart and have you dreaming of your own enchanted seaside holiday.


 
My Rating & Thoughts:  🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟   (4 stars)

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This enjoyable short story is perfect for the fall and holiday season. The story takes place in the fall around thanksgiving, and over the preparations for the Christmas season. One of my favorite settings is a small coastal town and this did one, set in Seaside, Maine did not disappoint. The first meeting between Wendy and Caleb had me laughing and seemed perfectly set in the small coastal location. This leaves the reader with the reminder that God is in control, and sometimes our plans don’t work out and that God has better plans in store for us that He will work out in His timing. While I did feel the ending wrapped up a little too quickly, I would recommend this lighthearted holiday read. 

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions
expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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