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The Christmas Blessing ~ Review

The Christmas Blessing
By Melody Carlson

It's that time of year again when Melody Carlson comes out with yet another delightful Christmas story. This year is a journey into the past with a visit to 1944.

Amelia Richardson is determined to provide a better life for her young son, one better than she had, but when she learned of James death in the war Amelia's left with few choices. She can continue on as she has been, hoping to find a new job. Or she can find James parents and let them meet their grandson Jimmy. But with the war and the suddenness of their engagement, she is sure they have no idea that she exists. As James never got word of her pregnancy before his death she knows Jimmy will be a surprise to them.

Hoping that Jimmy will provide an unexpected blessing to the Bradleys, Amelia leaves California for Montana. But when she is faced with unforeseen obstacles Amelia does what she must to ensure the best future for her son. But with Christmas soon approaching Amelia hopes that her son will be the Christmas blessing to the family who didn't know that he existed.

Anyone who has read Melody Carlson's Christmas stories in the past knows that there are moments of sadness and even the possibility that the heart's desire will not be obtained. Well, it holds true with this book as well, but never fear the title is apt for this book as a Christmas blessing is indeed possible for Amelia and the Bradleys and at the heart of this blessing is a small unexpected baby.

If you are looking for a sweet story for a few hours of reading during the Christmas season or even to get you out of the Christmas blues so many complain about pick-up this sweet book. At 166 pages this is a fairly quick read so you can squeeze it in if short on time or enjoy it over a long weekend

I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review ~ All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book:
Although Amelia would be on the train only until tomorrow morning, she unpacked a few things with the goal of making Jimmy and herself as comfortable as possible. To her delight, this cozy sleeping car felt just right for the two of them. Not only that, but as the train began to move, Jimmy relaxed and settled in. Almost as if he were glad they were finally on their way. Maybe he instinctively knew that life was about to get better for them. Perhaps he would enjoy meeting his paternal grandparents. At the moment the train pulled out of the station, anything seemed possible.

She's determined to give her baby a better life. 
Could a Christmas miracle make it possible?

Not long after she receives the news in 1944 that her baby's father was shot down in the South Pacific, Amelia Richards loses hope. Jobless and broke, she has nowhere to turn for help but her infant's paternal grandparents. The only problem is, they don't know that she--or their grandson--exists. 

When Amelia discovers the family is wealthy and influential, dare she disclose the truth of her relationship with their son? Or could the celebration of the arrival of another unexpected baby nearly two thousand years ago be the answer to her dilemma?

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