About the Book:
Sometimes the best gift is a second chance
Christmas is approaching, and Lena Markham finds herself penniless, friendless, and nearly hopeless. She is trying to restart her life, but job opportunities are practically nonexistent. When a secondhand red coat unexpectedly lands her a job as Mrs. Santa at a department store, Lena finally thinks her luck is changing. But can she keep her past a secret?
Reading Christmas at Harrington’s, a story full of redemption and true holiday spirit, will be your newest Christmas tradition.
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. She also writes many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon. Visit Melody’s website at www.melodycarlson.com.
One of my most favorite times of the year is Christmas. I love the colors, the feel, the sounds, and the smells. Yep, the smells! But I also love reading the Christmas stories that authors write, so, when Christmas at Harrington’s by Melody Carlson became available, I couldn’t resist wanting to review it! Not only did it sound like a really sweet read, I fell in love with the cover. The cover scene really came to life for me and instantly captivated me for the story!
Christmas at Harrington’s is a sweet and interesting read. A woman inmate left go five years early for good behavior from a crime she insists she didn’t commit ends up playing Mrs. Santa in the town of Harrington???? Now THAT is a different twist on Christmas! But, it’s one with wonderful characters and messages of God’s redeeming love. I loved Lena. She was a wonderful character created with love by Melody Carlson. But, my most favorite character, was sweet little Jemima, so innocent and full of hope. Jemima and Lena, I found, had something in common: they both wanted a new life and a new start that’s full of happiness, even if meant being Mrs. Santa in Harrington’s Department Store and having a new name.
Through Lena, Jemima, one warm festive coat and God, Melody Carlson creates a story full of love,laughter and hope. Carrying a message of God’s redeeming grace, and what Christmas is really all about (through the telling of Twas’ the Night Before Christmas Nativity Story-also written by Melody Carlson-in which I MUST MUST MUST get!), this book is one that MUST NOT be missed by any book lover. If you love Christmas and a good story written by a wonderfully talented author, this 5 star book is the place to start this holiday season, or if you have a book lover in your life, add this to their Christmas gift list!
You can purchase your copy here.
~Available November 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group~
*This book was provided for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group*