Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson ~ review

  • Hardcover: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800719271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800719272

This book is also available as an e-book

September 1, 2012

Eight-year-old Lucy Turnbull knew better than to wish for a pony that Christmas in 1937. Her mother had assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony was the same as asking for the moon. Besides, the only extra mouths they needed at their boarding house were the paying kind. But when an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, Lucy starts to believe her Christmas wishes might just come true after all.

The queen of the Christmas novel, Melody Carlson pens another magical tale of expectation and excitement as one little girl dreams big and the impossible becomes possible.

My take on this book:
I have been a fan of Melody Carlson forever, and one of the reasons is because whatever she writes, whether its a story about teens, or a Christmas story I always wind up feeling like I got more than just a story. Instead she always takes me on a journey that makes me feel just a bit better for having read the story.

The year is 1937, and all eight year old Lucy Turnbull wants for Christmas is a pony,but she is pretty sure it's a wish that won't come true. After all not only does her mother caution her about making such a lofty wish, but she also learned from Tommy Farley that Santa was only make believe. So instead of just praying for a pony,she prays for the food that the pony will need to eat. She also prays that boarders will come along and rent the upstairs bedrooms, and that her momma will find her smile again. 

What a touching story. There was so many things that I enjoyed about this story. First of all I felt like the author captured the Depression era very well. I also loved Lucy and her wish for a pony, something so many little girls, or those of us who were once little girls, can certainly relate to. Lucy's character was so very easy to like, and it was so nice to see how she grew as the story progressed. While this was just a short story, it isn't short on emotion or character. This is a keeper for my shelf, one that I will reread each Christmas season.

A great Christmas story that's perfect for anyone from eight to eighty. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

"Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

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