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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Book Reviews - The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson and Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot

Tis the season - with Thanksgiving over and the Christmas Season in full swing, it's time to start Christmas Reading!

To kick off the festivities, I'm pleased to recommend two wonderfully old-fashioned and inspirational books that will invoke sweet memories of Christmases past!

It is 1937, and Lucy Turnbull knows better than to wish for a pony this Christmas. Her mother has assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony is the same as asking for the moon. Besides, the only extra mouths they need at their boarding house are the paying kind. Then an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, and Lucy’s world changes forever.

"The Christmas Pony" is a sweet, gentle story of one little girl's wish, and how miracle do happen, even when times are bad.  I loved this tale -  Melody Carlson is so good at drawing her readers into the heart of the story and with the added bit of suspense, it made for a delightful afternoon of reading!

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series.

She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

For more information about Melody visit her website at www.melodycarlson.com.

Celia Anderson doesn’t have a husband on her Christmas wish list. But when a traveling carpenter finds lodging at her boardinghouse, she admits that she might remarry if she found the right man–the kind of man who would bring her roses for Christmas. It would take a miracle, though, to find roses during a harsh Wyoming winter.

But Christmas, after all, is the time for miracles . . .

I discovered Amanda Cabot when I stumbled acrossed her book, "Paper Roses," when I first received my Kindle. I loved the story, and set out to find more stories by Cabot.  So I was delighted to discovered that she was selected as one of two authors to write a novella for the Christmas season for Revell Books.

I found "Christmas Roses" to be a charming and sweet romantic story of love found at the heart of the Christmas season. Cabot is a skillful storyteller, and makes her fictional world spring to life on the pages.  You'll find this tale a hard one to put down!

I recommend anything written by Amanda Cabot!  You won't be disappointed!

Amanda Cabot is an accomplished author under various pen names and a popular speaker. The author of Paper Roses, Scattered Petals, Tomorrow's Garden, and Summer of Promise, she is also a charter member of Romance Writers of America, the cofounder of its New Jersey chapter, a member of the ACFW, and an avid traveler. She lives in Wyoming.

My thanks to Baker Publishing for the review copies of these two books. I was not compensated for my opinions.

These books are currently available whereever Revell Books are sold.


Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Hi Sharon! Good books and love the blog update! Its so fun to change things up :)

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Thanks Sheila!

Alicia said...

It sounds like these are great holiday reads :).

Amanda Cabot said...

Sharon -- Thanks so much for your recommendation. I appreciate it!