Title: A Christmas by the Sea
Author: Melody Carlson
Publication Date: September 2018
About the Book
"When Wendy Harper inherits her family's beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. But before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. She and her 12-year-old son Jackson move in--temporarily, she reminds him--in order to do the work themselves, even though Christmas is coming. The charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on both Wendy and Jackson, who even registers himself for school in a bid to get his mom to move them there permanently. Wendy knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea is hard to resist."
I have enjoyed several of Melody Carlson's Christmas novellas over the years and I can add this one to the list. I love stories about single moms! I reserved it at the library as soon as it was released.
My favorite character in the book was 12-year-old Jackson. He is SO mature for his age! I liked watching Wendy "pull herself up by her bootstraps". I thought her struggle as a single mom was well portrayed. And Caleb is the perfect hero!
A few things in the story were a little rushed for my taste, but overall it was an enjoyable read. If you like contemporary Christian fiction, I recommend that you add this to your Christmas reading list!