A Christmas by the Sea

A Christmas by the Sea

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 c When Wendy Harper inherits her family's beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the ...

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Title:A Christmas by the Sea
Author:Melody Carlson
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Genres:Holiday
ISBN:080072271X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:169 pages pages

A Christmas by the Sea Reviews

  • Melissa
    Oct 12, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very p...

    I liked the characters and the location, but the ending was startlingly abrupt, and both totally predictable and totally unrealistic. ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situatio...

    A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place. I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from t...

    I always enjoy reading a novella or two focused on Christmas time. Most are joyful, uplifting, sweet reads. Not too long--just right to immerse oneself in for a bit of relaxing reading, enjoying a good cup of tea or coffee.Author Melody Carlson has written several and doesn't disappoin...

    A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson takes us to Seaside, Maine. Wendy Harper is traveling with her son, Jackson from Ohio to Seaside just before Thanksgiving. Wendy inherited a beach cottage from her grandfather. It is an answer to her prayers since she has a slew of debts incurre...

    I was completely charmed by this short, sweet Christmas novella. Melody weaves wonderful Christmas stories and this is without a doubt my favorite of all of them! Sweet characters(I adored Jackson!), a lovely setting and a great story line make this a great read. Definitely one for my ...

  • Susan F
    Nov 16, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very p...

    I liked the characters and the location, but the ending was startlingly abrupt, and both totally predictable and totally unrealistic. ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situatio...

    A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place. I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from t...

    I always enjoy reading a novella or two focused on Christmas time. Most are joyful, uplifting, sweet reads. Not too long--just right to immerse oneself in for a bit of relaxing reading, enjoying a good cup of tea or coffee.Author Melody Carlson has written several and doesn't disappoin...

    A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson takes us to Seaside, Maine. Wendy Harper is traveling with her son, Jackson from Ohio to Seaside just before Thanksgiving. Wendy inherited a beach cottage from her grandfather. It is an answer to her prayers since she has a slew of debts incurre...

    I was completely charmed by this short, sweet Christmas novella. Melody weaves wonderful Christmas stories and this is without a doubt my favorite of all of them! Sweet characters(I adored Jackson!), a lovely setting and a great story line make this a great read. Definitely one for my ...

    I have a Christmas tradition of reading a Melody Carlson book each holiday season. Her 2018 offering is a sweet story about family and faith. There's a nice touch of romance too. I love that the setting is my state of Maine and an idyllic town on the coast. We all need a dose of hope a...

  • Cheryl
    Sep 10, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very p...

    I liked the characters and the location, but the ending was startlingly abrupt, and both totally predictable and totally unrealistic. ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situatio...

    A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place. I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from t...

    I always enjoy reading a novella or two focused on Christmas time. Most are joyful, uplifting, sweet reads. Not too long--just right to immerse oneself in for a bit of relaxing reading, enjoying a good cup of tea or coffee.Author Melody Carlson has written several and doesn't disappoin...

    A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson takes us to Seaside, Maine. Wendy Harper is traveling with her son, Jackson from Ohio to Seaside just before Thanksgiving. Wendy inherited a beach cottage from her grandfather. It is an answer to her prayers since she has a slew of debts incurre...

    I was completely charmed by this short, sweet Christmas novella. Melody weaves wonderful Christmas stories and this is without a doubt my favorite of all of them! Sweet characters(I adored Jackson!), a lovely setting and a great story line make this a great read. Definitely one for my ...

    I have a Christmas tradition of reading a Melody Carlson book each holiday season. Her 2018 offering is a sweet story about family and faith. There's a nice touch of romance too. I love that the setting is my state of Maine and an idyllic town on the coast. We all need a dose of hope a...

    A "feel good" Christmas story to end my holiday book reading for the season. This is the second Christmas story I have read by this author and she does not disappoint. The story was short and ended on a happy note. A perfect story to keep you in the holiday spirit. ...

    As with all of Melody Carlson's Christmas novellas, this was a very sweet and cute book that was perfect for getting me in the Christmas spirit. The ending was extremely abrupt (and honestly, somewhat ridiculous) but this book just made me smile, and sometimes that's all I need! ...

    I loved this story, the author has given us a story about rebirth, building a life after the death of a loved one. I could just picture Jackson a young teenage still reeling from the death of his father, not happy and being bullied at his school in Ohio, and now a breath of fresh air,...

    It's a sweet book--but you pretty much know the ending from the start. Wendy inherits a Maine beach cottage from her grandfather. She plans to sell it and continue their life in Ohio. Her son Jackson talks her into visiting it first and both he and Wendy like hearing her stories ab...

    A wonderful story packed with hope, faith and love! A single mom struggling to make ends meet inherits a seaside cottage that could be the answer to her prayers for help. A long road trip for the holidays brings her to a tough decision: to sell or stay. ?You and Dad used to tell ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is this year?s Christmas novella from Melody Carlson. It?s the story of Wendy and her son, Jackson as they remodel an inherited cottage in touristy Seaside, Maine. Their stay is supposed to be temporary. The plan is to refurbish her grandparents? cottage, s...

    What a fun story! Wendy inherits the family beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine. Being widowed and raising her son alone, she sees this as an opportunity to help her and her son financially. Her husband's illness left her with medical bills and she is struggling financially. So, she pl...

    I grabbed a copy of this book because I am familiar with this author. I have enjoyed previous books form this author. While, Christmas is still a few months away, I was in the mood for getting an early start with my holiday reading. Sadly, this book did not put me in the holiday mo...

  • Mischenko
    Nov 13, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

  • Dawn
    Jan 01, 2019

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very p...

    I liked the characters and the location, but the ending was startlingly abrupt, and both totally predictable and totally unrealistic. ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situatio...

    A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place. I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from t...

    I always enjoy reading a novella or two focused on Christmas time. Most are joyful, uplifting, sweet reads. Not too long--just right to immerse oneself in for a bit of relaxing reading, enjoying a good cup of tea or coffee.Author Melody Carlson has written several and doesn't disappoin...

    A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson takes us to Seaside, Maine. Wendy Harper is traveling with her son, Jackson from Ohio to Seaside just before Thanksgiving. Wendy inherited a beach cottage from her grandfather. It is an answer to her prayers since she has a slew of debts incurre...

    I was completely charmed by this short, sweet Christmas novella. Melody weaves wonderful Christmas stories and this is without a doubt my favorite of all of them! Sweet characters(I adored Jackson!), a lovely setting and a great story line make this a great read. Definitely one for my ...

    I have a Christmas tradition of reading a Melody Carlson book each holiday season. Her 2018 offering is a sweet story about family and faith. There's a nice touch of romance too. I love that the setting is my state of Maine and an idyllic town on the coast. We all need a dose of hope a...

    A "feel good" Christmas story to end my holiday book reading for the season. This is the second Christmas story I have read by this author and she does not disappoint. The story was short and ended on a happy note. A perfect story to keep you in the holiday spirit. ...

  • Alex
    Dec 15, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very p...

    I liked the characters and the location, but the ending was startlingly abrupt, and both totally predictable and totally unrealistic. ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situatio...

    A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place. I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from t...

    I always enjoy reading a novella or two focused on Christmas time. Most are joyful, uplifting, sweet reads. Not too long--just right to immerse oneself in for a bit of relaxing reading, enjoying a good cup of tea or coffee.Author Melody Carlson has written several and doesn't disappoin...

    A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson takes us to Seaside, Maine. Wendy Harper is traveling with her son, Jackson from Ohio to Seaside just before Thanksgiving. Wendy inherited a beach cottage from her grandfather. It is an answer to her prayers since she has a slew of debts incurre...

    I was completely charmed by this short, sweet Christmas novella. Melody weaves wonderful Christmas stories and this is without a doubt my favorite of all of them! Sweet characters(I adored Jackson!), a lovely setting and a great story line make this a great read. Definitely one for my ...

    I have a Christmas tradition of reading a Melody Carlson book each holiday season. Her 2018 offering is a sweet story about family and faith. There's a nice touch of romance too. I love that the setting is my state of Maine and an idyllic town on the coast. We all need a dose of hope a...

    A "feel good" Christmas story to end my holiday book reading for the season. This is the second Christmas story I have read by this author and she does not disappoint. The story was short and ended on a happy note. A perfect story to keep you in the holiday spirit. ...

    As with all of Melody Carlson's Christmas novellas, this was a very sweet and cute book that was perfect for getting me in the Christmas spirit. The ending was extremely abrupt (and honestly, somewhat ridiculous) but this book just made me smile, and sometimes that's all I need! ...

  • Loraine
    Sep 14, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very p...

  • Laura
    Sep 10, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very p...

    I liked the characters and the location, but the ending was startlingly abrupt, and both totally predictable and totally unrealistic. ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situatio...

    A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place. I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from t...

  • Tarissa
    Dec 16, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

  • Maureen Timerman
    Aug 12, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very p...

    I liked the characters and the location, but the ending was startlingly abrupt, and both totally predictable and totally unrealistic. ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situatio...

    A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place. I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from t...

    I always enjoy reading a novella or two focused on Christmas time. Most are joyful, uplifting, sweet reads. Not too long--just right to immerse oneself in for a bit of relaxing reading, enjoying a good cup of tea or coffee.Author Melody Carlson has written several and doesn't disappoin...

    A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson takes us to Seaside, Maine. Wendy Harper is traveling with her son, Jackson from Ohio to Seaside just before Thanksgiving. Wendy inherited a beach cottage from her grandfather. It is an answer to her prayers since she has a slew of debts incurre...

    I was completely charmed by this short, sweet Christmas novella. Melody weaves wonderful Christmas stories and this is without a doubt my favorite of all of them! Sweet characters(I adored Jackson!), a lovely setting and a great story line make this a great read. Definitely one for my ...

    I have a Christmas tradition of reading a Melody Carlson book each holiday season. Her 2018 offering is a sweet story about family and faith. There's a nice touch of romance too. I love that the setting is my state of Maine and an idyllic town on the coast. We all need a dose of hope a...

    A "feel good" Christmas story to end my holiday book reading for the season. This is the second Christmas story I have read by this author and she does not disappoint. The story was short and ended on a happy note. A perfect story to keep you in the holiday spirit. ...

    As with all of Melody Carlson's Christmas novellas, this was a very sweet and cute book that was perfect for getting me in the Christmas spirit. The ending was extremely abrupt (and honestly, somewhat ridiculous) but this book just made me smile, and sometimes that's all I need! ...

    I loved this story, the author has given us a story about rebirth, building a life after the death of a loved one. I could just picture Jackson a young teenage still reeling from the death of his father, not happy and being bullied at his school in Ohio, and now a breath of fresh air,...

  • Kathleen
    Nov 26, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

  • Vera Godley
    Sep 18, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very p...

    I liked the characters and the location, but the ending was startlingly abrupt, and both totally predictable and totally unrealistic. ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situatio...

    A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place. I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from t...

    I always enjoy reading a novella or two focused on Christmas time. Most are joyful, uplifting, sweet reads. Not too long--just right to immerse oneself in for a bit of relaxing reading, enjoying a good cup of tea or coffee.Author Melody Carlson has written several and doesn't disappoin...

  • Katherine
    Aug 04, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very p...

    I liked the characters and the location, but the ending was startlingly abrupt, and both totally predictable and totally unrealistic. ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situatio...

    A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place. I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from t...

    I always enjoy reading a novella or two focused on Christmas time. Most are joyful, uplifting, sweet reads. Not too long--just right to immerse oneself in for a bit of relaxing reading, enjoying a good cup of tea or coffee.Author Melody Carlson has written several and doesn't disappoin...

    A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson takes us to Seaside, Maine. Wendy Harper is traveling with her son, Jackson from Ohio to Seaside just before Thanksgiving. Wendy inherited a beach cottage from her grandfather. It is an answer to her prayers since she has a slew of debts incurre...

    I was completely charmed by this short, sweet Christmas novella. Melody weaves wonderful Christmas stories and this is without a doubt my favorite of all of them! Sweet characters(I adored Jackson!), a lovely setting and a great story line make this a great read. Definitely one for my ...

    I have a Christmas tradition of reading a Melody Carlson book each holiday season. Her 2018 offering is a sweet story about family and faith. There's a nice touch of romance too. I love that the setting is my state of Maine and an idyllic town on the coast. We all need a dose of hope a...

    A "feel good" Christmas story to end my holiday book reading for the season. This is the second Christmas story I have read by this author and she does not disappoint. The story was short and ended on a happy note. A perfect story to keep you in the holiday spirit. ...

    As with all of Melody Carlson's Christmas novellas, this was a very sweet and cute book that was perfect for getting me in the Christmas spirit. The ending was extremely abrupt (and honestly, somewhat ridiculous) but this book just made me smile, and sometimes that's all I need! ...

    I loved this story, the author has given us a story about rebirth, building a life after the death of a loved one. I could just picture Jackson a young teenage still reeling from the death of his father, not happy and being bullied at his school in Ohio, and now a breath of fresh air,...

    It's a sweet book--but you pretty much know the ending from the start. Wendy inherits a Maine beach cottage from her grandfather. She plans to sell it and continue their life in Ohio. Her son Jackson talks her into visiting it first and both he and Wendy like hearing her stories ab...

    A wonderful story packed with hope, faith and love! A single mom struggling to make ends meet inherits a seaside cottage that could be the answer to her prayers for help. A long road trip for the holidays brings her to a tough decision: to sell or stay. ?You and Dad used to tell ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is this year?s Christmas novella from Melody Carlson. It?s the story of Wendy and her son, Jackson as they remodel an inherited cottage in touristy Seaside, Maine. Their stay is supposed to be temporary. The plan is to refurbish her grandparents? cottage, s...

    What a fun story! Wendy inherits the family beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine. Being widowed and raising her son alone, she sees this as an opportunity to help her and her son financially. Her husband's illness left her with medical bills and she is struggling financially. So, she pl...

  • Monica
    Aug 31, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    Sep 19, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

  • Karen R
    Aug 03, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very p...

    I liked the characters and the location, but the ending was startlingly abrupt, and both totally predictable and totally unrealistic. ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situatio...

    A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place. I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from t...

    I always enjoy reading a novella or two focused on Christmas time. Most are joyful, uplifting, sweet reads. Not too long--just right to immerse oneself in for a bit of relaxing reading, enjoying a good cup of tea or coffee.Author Melody Carlson has written several and doesn't disappoin...

    A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson takes us to Seaside, Maine. Wendy Harper is traveling with her son, Jackson from Ohio to Seaside just before Thanksgiving. Wendy inherited a beach cottage from her grandfather. It is an answer to her prayers since she has a slew of debts incurre...

    I was completely charmed by this short, sweet Christmas novella. Melody weaves wonderful Christmas stories and this is without a doubt my favorite of all of them! Sweet characters(I adored Jackson!), a lovely setting and a great story line make this a great read. Definitely one for my ...

    I have a Christmas tradition of reading a Melody Carlson book each holiday season. Her 2018 offering is a sweet story about family and faith. There's a nice touch of romance too. I love that the setting is my state of Maine and an idyllic town on the coast. We all need a dose of hope a...

    A "feel good" Christmas story to end my holiday book reading for the season. This is the second Christmas story I have read by this author and she does not disappoint. The story was short and ended on a happy note. A perfect story to keep you in the holiday spirit. ...

    As with all of Melody Carlson's Christmas novellas, this was a very sweet and cute book that was perfect for getting me in the Christmas spirit. The ending was extremely abrupt (and honestly, somewhat ridiculous) but this book just made me smile, and sometimes that's all I need! ...

    I loved this story, the author has given us a story about rebirth, building a life after the death of a loved one. I could just picture Jackson a young teenage still reeling from the death of his father, not happy and being bullied at his school in Ohio, and now a breath of fresh air,...

    It's a sweet book--but you pretty much know the ending from the start. Wendy inherits a Maine beach cottage from her grandfather. She plans to sell it and continue their life in Ohio. Her son Jackson talks her into visiting it first and both he and Wendy like hearing her stories ab...

    A wonderful story packed with hope, faith and love! A single mom struggling to make ends meet inherits a seaside cottage that could be the answer to her prayers for help. A long road trip for the holidays brings her to a tough decision: to sell or stay. ?You and Dad used to tell ...

  • Pamela
    Dec 17, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

  • Armelle
    Oct 29, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very p...

    I liked the characters and the location, but the ending was startlingly abrupt, and both totally predictable and totally unrealistic. ...

  • Kristina
    Sep 02, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very p...

    I liked the characters and the location, but the ending was startlingly abrupt, and both totally predictable and totally unrealistic. ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situatio...

    A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place. I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from t...

    I always enjoy reading a novella or two focused on Christmas time. Most are joyful, uplifting, sweet reads. Not too long--just right to immerse oneself in for a bit of relaxing reading, enjoying a good cup of tea or coffee.Author Melody Carlson has written several and doesn't disappoin...

    A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson takes us to Seaside, Maine. Wendy Harper is traveling with her son, Jackson from Ohio to Seaside just before Thanksgiving. Wendy inherited a beach cottage from her grandfather. It is an answer to her prayers since she has a slew of debts incurre...

  • Gloria
    Aug 30, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very p...

    I liked the characters and the location, but the ending was startlingly abrupt, and both totally predictable and totally unrealistic. ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situatio...

  • Jeanne Adamek
    Nov 06, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

  • Julia
    Dec 08, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

  • Bridget Vollmer
    Dec 07, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

  • Deanne Patterson
    Sep 14, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

  • Olivia
    Aug 12, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

  • Jennifer Robb
    Oct 11, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very p...

    I liked the characters and the location, but the ending was startlingly abrupt, and both totally predictable and totally unrealistic. ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situatio...

    A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place. I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from t...

    I always enjoy reading a novella or two focused on Christmas time. Most are joyful, uplifting, sweet reads. Not too long--just right to immerse oneself in for a bit of relaxing reading, enjoying a good cup of tea or coffee.Author Melody Carlson has written several and doesn't disappoin...

    A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson takes us to Seaside, Maine. Wendy Harper is traveling with her son, Jackson from Ohio to Seaside just before Thanksgiving. Wendy inherited a beach cottage from her grandfather. It is an answer to her prayers since she has a slew of debts incurre...

    I was completely charmed by this short, sweet Christmas novella. Melody weaves wonderful Christmas stories and this is without a doubt my favorite of all of them! Sweet characters(I adored Jackson!), a lovely setting and a great story line make this a great read. Definitely one for my ...

    I have a Christmas tradition of reading a Melody Carlson book each holiday season. Her 2018 offering is a sweet story about family and faith. There's a nice touch of romance too. I love that the setting is my state of Maine and an idyllic town on the coast. We all need a dose of hope a...

    A "feel good" Christmas story to end my holiday book reading for the season. This is the second Christmas story I have read by this author and she does not disappoint. The story was short and ended on a happy note. A perfect story to keep you in the holiday spirit. ...

    As with all of Melody Carlson's Christmas novellas, this was a very sweet and cute book that was perfect for getting me in the Christmas spirit. The ending was extremely abrupt (and honestly, somewhat ridiculous) but this book just made me smile, and sometimes that's all I need! ...

    I loved this story, the author has given us a story about rebirth, building a life after the death of a loved one. I could just picture Jackson a young teenage still reeling from the death of his father, not happy and being bullied at his school in Ohio, and now a breath of fresh air,...

    It's a sweet book--but you pretty much know the ending from the start. Wendy inherits a Maine beach cottage from her grandfather. She plans to sell it and continue their life in Ohio. Her son Jackson talks her into visiting it first and both he and Wendy like hearing her stories ab...

  • Jen.
    Sep 12, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

    I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!" I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endea...

    What I love: ? The beautiful, vibrant winter scene on the cover. (It's so inviting... I want to go there!) ? The title... it really drew me in. ? The plot about inheriting a beach cottage and needing to fix it up... The ideas are limitless! ? Wendy's son, Jackson. He is suc...

    Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very p...

    I liked the characters and the location, but the ending was startlingly abrupt, and both totally predictable and totally unrealistic. ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situatio...

    A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place. I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from t...

    I always enjoy reading a novella or two focused on Christmas time. Most are joyful, uplifting, sweet reads. Not too long--just right to immerse oneself in for a bit of relaxing reading, enjoying a good cup of tea or coffee.Author Melody Carlson has written several and doesn't disappoin...

    A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson takes us to Seaside, Maine. Wendy Harper is traveling with her son, Jackson from Ohio to Seaside just before Thanksgiving. Wendy inherited a beach cottage from her grandfather. It is an answer to her prayers since she has a slew of debts incurre...

    I was completely charmed by this short, sweet Christmas novella. Melody weaves wonderful Christmas stories and this is without a doubt my favorite of all of them! Sweet characters(I adored Jackson!), a lovely setting and a great story line make this a great read. Definitely one for my ...

    I have a Christmas tradition of reading a Melody Carlson book each holiday season. Her 2018 offering is a sweet story about family and faith. There's a nice touch of romance too. I love that the setting is my state of Maine and an idyllic town on the coast. We all need a dose of hope a...

    A "feel good" Christmas story to end my holiday book reading for the season. This is the second Christmas story I have read by this author and she does not disappoint. The story was short and ended on a happy note. A perfect story to keep you in the holiday spirit. ...

    As with all of Melody Carlson's Christmas novellas, this was a very sweet and cute book that was perfect for getting me in the Christmas spirit. The ending was extremely abrupt (and honestly, somewhat ridiculous) but this book just made me smile, and sometimes that's all I need! ...

    I loved this story, the author has given us a story about rebirth, building a life after the death of a loved one. I could just picture Jackson a young teenage still reeling from the death of his father, not happy and being bullied at his school in Ohio, and now a breath of fresh air,...

    It's a sweet book--but you pretty much know the ending from the start. Wendy inherits a Maine beach cottage from her grandfather. She plans to sell it and continue their life in Ohio. Her son Jackson talks her into visiting it first and both he and Wendy like hearing her stories ab...

    A wonderful story packed with hope, faith and love! A single mom struggling to make ends meet inherits a seaside cottage that could be the answer to her prayers for help. A long road trip for the holidays brings her to a tough decision: to sell or stay. ?You and Dad used to tell ...

    A Christmas by the Sea is this year?s Christmas novella from Melody Carlson. It?s the story of Wendy and her son, Jackson as they remodel an inherited cottage in touristy Seaside, Maine. Their stay is supposed to be temporary. The plan is to refurbish her grandparents? cottage, s...

  • Shirley Chapel
    Oct 02, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

  • JD Sutter
    Dec 14, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...

    A Christmas By The Sea by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian romance. Every year I eagerly await the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and I am never disappointed. The novel is about blessings. Sometimes in life, we can see the hand of God at work in our lives, ...

    It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. A Christmas by the Sea is the st...

    I love kitsch & I love feel good especially in Christmas stories--this author does it well. BUT I have already read this story,by the author, just with different character names... ...

    3.5 stars Charming characters with interesting real-life struggles. Loved the portrayal of the small oceanside town life. Made me want to move there. The too-perfect ending was what knocked down the rating for me. Full review on my podcast: https://www.bookwormbanquet.com/2018/... ...

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    Sep 02, 2018

    I picked this up from my local library not even paying attention to the author's name due to the library stickers. My oldest daughter noticed when I got home and brought to my attention that it's one of her favorite authors. Although she's read Melody Carlson's "TrueColors" series mult...

    Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop. Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at ...

    I feel like a GRINCH giving a Melody Carlson Christmas novella TWO STARS. But it is, what it is . . . Gorgeous cover - round of applause to the art/design department. The story itself, however, didn't 'wow' me in the least. Neither the characters nor the story felt genuine. It's li...

    Not my typical genre. It was simple and sweet but the ending was a bit rushed and I wasn't fond of how dishonest Wendy was with Jackson about her intentions to sell the house. ...

    Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left ...

    Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her Grandpa, who ...

    A delightful Christmas tale about second chances, love and trusting in the power of God. ...

    I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood. I love them and each one is so different than the last. This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley. I feel in love with Jackson an...