Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson

Eight-year-old Lucy Turnbull knows that times are hard in Maple Grove. But as Christmas 1937 approaches, she can’t help but wish (and pray) for a pony, as well as the boarders her mother says they need.

Lucy lives with her mother and grandmother in the small farming community. Since her father’s death, the Turnbulls turned their homePrint into a boarding house to help make ends meet. Picking up supplies in town, Lucy learns a couple are stranded while their car is being repaired. She tells them about their boarding house. One pray answered so surely she will get her pony too.

Lucy doesn’t want just any pony, but the dapple gray pony the Greenburgs down the road have for sale. She and Smoky are friends and she can’t image anyone else taking him.

With the arrival of the couple at the boarding house, life as the Turnbulls know it becomes busy and confusing. The strangers aren’t married, but merely traveling companions on their way to California. The woman wants to become a movie star and the man is looking for work.

Days before Christmas Lucy finds herself making new wishes and prays that could change her world forever.

THE CHRISTMAS PONY is a charming story that can be read in an afternoon. The story is short and so compelling you won’t be able to put it down. 

Author Melody Carlson has combined all the right elements for a heartwarming, feel-good Christmas story. The characters are well-developed, realistic and unforgettable. Told from the youngster’s point of view, the story moves at a smooth, steady pace.

Billed as a historical romance, THE CHRISTMAS PONY is also inspiring, a bit suspenseful, and humorous. This delightful tale can be shared with all ages at any time of the year. If you want to believe the impossible is possible, THE CHRISTMAS PONY is the book to reinforce your faith.

Author Melody Carlson’s website is

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson, Revell, @2012, ISBN: 978-0800719272, Hardcover, 176 Pages 

Available Sept 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book as part of a blog tour and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have you started reading Christmas stories yet? Doesn’t the cover of this book just draw you right in?

1 comment:

  1. Mason - I always wanted a pony myself, so I can understand Lucy's desire. It sounds as though Carlson really evokes the era well, too. Thanks for sharing this one.


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