The Christmas Blessing
By Melody Carlson
Published: September, 2017
Published by: Fleming H. Revell Company
Format Read: NetGalley, eBook
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
I was sent a copy of The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson, from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
After a brief whirlwind romance, Amelia and James decide to marry, but are separated before tying the knot when he is called to report for duty as a pilot during the second world war. Shortly later she discovers that she is expecting his baby, then news arrives that his plane had been shot down over the Pacific. Alone and afraid, Amelia gives birth to a son she names Jimmy and decides to turn to James’ family for help. The Christmas Blessing follows her as she makes her way penniless to search for a family who doesn’t know that she or baby Jimmy exist.
The Christmas Blessing was a quick holiday story set in the home front of 1944 as war rages on. Amelia’s life was riddled with tragedy, however the tone of the writing was quite light.
While I was able to relate to our main character was a single mother, but I didn’t quite feel enough emotion was conveyed as well as I would have liked. The World War II era time line was my favourite part of this story. However I enjoyed the characters and plot in Melody Carlson’s The Christmas Joy Ride, much more.
That being said it was a cute story that would make for a nice holiday movie and I would recommend it to fans of this author.