By Melody Carlson
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.
Available Sept 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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, The Jerk Magnet, and the "Diary of a Teenage Girl" series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books in 2010 and won the award in 2011. She and her husband live in central Oregon.
For more information about Melody visit her website at www.melodycarlson.com.
Around my house, Christmas music can be heard starting in October. One reason for this is that my husband plays in our church's orchestra, and they begin rehearsing then for the Christmas musical. But the other reason is that my husband loves Christmas and Christmas music and would celebrate it/listen to it year 'round if he could!
So it's not much of a stretch for me to already be into Christmas books this year. I am reviewing a couple of novellas this year, starting with this one, The Christmas Pony.
From the start I was drawn to the characters in this story, which is a good thing since it is not a full novel. Since you don't have the pages to really get involved with the characters, you need to be able to relate to them and connect with them right way, and this novella did that very well.
What I liked most about this novella was that it was told exclusively from the point of view of Lucy, the eight-year-old girl in the story. Her voice was sweet and curious and even a little mature for her age, which gave the story a lot of depth. I loved how her perspective changed throughout the novel in relation to the other characters, especially toward Victoria, one of the guests at the boardinghouse.
Even though this story was fairly predictable, it was still enjoyable.
The Christmas Pony is a sweet story complete with romance, family, answered prayer, and Christmas surprises. What more could you ask for at Christmas?
I will give The Christmas Pony ... 4½ BookWorms.