The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson is a nice book to kick off the Christmas reading season with.
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.
This was a sweet Christmas read which can be read in an afternoon if you have a few hours. I enjoyed the story. I like stories about struggling single parents so I was engaged in the book right away.
They story did not contain much romance, but was more about Amelia struggling to do what was best for her baby. The baby's grandparents played a prominent role in the book and I liked getting to know them. I liked George, the grandfather who happened to be a doctor, and his loving and capable approach to caring for Jimmy and his patients. Helene, the grandmother, has a reputation for being rather cold, but is really hurting inside and does have a good heart. Helene reminded me that we should be loving to everyone, even if they aren't especially loving toward us, because we don't know what they are going through.
I would have liked to have seen the storyline about Amelia and James having premarital sex handled differently. I would have preferred to have seen repentance, forgiveness, and grace factored into the storyline. Since this is Christian fiction, I was surprised that this topic was handled as being condoned given their circumstances.
I was surprised by the ending and I liked how the story ended.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
What are you most looking forward to this Christmas season (besides great Christmas books)?