Thursday, November 18, 2010

Book Review: Christmas at Harrington's by Melody Carlson

Christmas at Harrington'sMelody Carlson has written a delightful Christmas book that speaks of redemption and hope. The love of God shines through as Lena, the main character, finds her way in a new town after being released from prison. There is betrayal, disappointment, and difficulty along the way, but in the end, God's grace triumphs.

Here is the description of the book from the publisher, Revell Books:
Christmas is approaching, and Lena Markham finds herself penniless, friendless, and nearly hopeless. She is trying to restart her life, but job opportunities are practically nonexistent. When a secondhand red coat unexpectedly lands her a job as Mrs. Santa at a department store, Lena finally thinks her luck is changing. But can she keep her past a secret?

The setting for this book is a small town in northern Minnesota, present day. I like how Mrs. Carlson gives us that small town feel and makes it seem real. The characters are lovable, especially Moira, a sweet older lady who befriends Lena on her first day out of prison, and Jemima, a playful 6 1/2 year-old who lives in the boarding house where Lena finds her first home. I even enjoyed the character of Lucy, the hard-nosed, but soft underneath landlord of the boarding house.

This was simply a fun Christmas book, a story that just makes you sigh at the end, knowing that "God is in His heaven, and all's right with the world." Perhaps slightly sappy, but good.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great Christmas read. I give Christmas at Harrington's 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

(I received this book from Revell Books for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.)


Carrie said...

This one seems to be receiving positive reviews across the board. I hope to get to it! At least picking it up for next year!

MJ @ Creative Madness Mama said...

I really had a hard time getting into this one, but overall I liked it. I guess it was just too real for me, but then I guess that makes the redemptive qualities even stronger.

Here is my review.

Cindy Swanson said...

OK, I really want to read this! I love reading stuff like this during the Christmas season.

By the way, I'm adding you to my sidebar blog list... said...

I thought Christmas at Harrington’s was a charming little read. Melody Carlson is a truly heart-warming author.

You can see my thoughts on this book here: