Melody Carlson’s The Christmas Pony features old-fashioned holiday fun, a sweet romance, and an adorable heroine named Lucy Turnbull.
In this charming novella, eight-year-old Lucy shows the adults around her the power of childlike faith and even does a little match-making along the way. Think The House Without a Christmas Tree, Holiday Affair, or Miracle on 34th Street—throw in some hot cocoa in front of the wood stove—and you’ll be in just the right mood to enjoy this story.
Here’s the set up: Lucy lives with her widowed mother and grandmother in Maple Grove, Arizona. It’s 1937, and times are hard. Lucy’s mama, Miriam, knits socks to trade for groceries and takes in laundry and borders to get by. Though Lucy knows they can’t afford one more mouth to feed, she can’t help but pray for a pony of her own. However, she also asks for something special for her mama . . .
“‘Please, dear God,’ she said finally, ‘help Mama to find her smile again.’ Lucy could remember when Mama had the prettiest smile ever. Back when Daddy was still alive. But like Lucy’s memories of her father, Mama’s smile had faded some over the last few years. If Lucy couldn’t have a pony for Christmas, she’d settle for Mama’s smile instead.”
When Lucy corrals two borders to rent rooms for the Christmas holiday, all she’s hoping for is extra money to convince Mama they can feed a pony. But she and her mama receive much more. I loved this heart-warming story! It’s sure to become a classic!
All Melody Carlson’s Christmas novellas are sweet, satisfying, and perfect for gift-giving. This one is my favorite so far. Don’t miss it! You can pick up your gift copies of The Christmas Pony at this link. ***Thanks to Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for providing a copy for me to review.
Other Christmas novellas by Melody Carlson you may want to add to your wish list or cart!
- The Christmas Shoppe
- Christmas at Harrington’s
- The Christmas Dog
- All I Have to Give
- An Irish Christmas
- The Christmas Bus
About the author: Melody Carlson has written a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her books range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops). Most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including the Rita and Gold Medallion), and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website www.melodycarlson.com here.
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