Thursday, December 13, 2018

Review: The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Blessing
by Melody Carlson

Publisher: Fleming H Revell
Pages: 167
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When she receives the news in late 1944 that her baby's father was shot down in the South Pacific, Amelia Richards loses hope. Jobless and broke, she has nowhere to turn for help but her infant's paternal grandparents. The only problem is, they don't know that she--or their grandson--exists. When Amelia discovers that the family is wealthy and influential, dare she disclose the truth of her relationship with their son? Or could the celebration of the arrival of another unexpected baby nearly two thousand years ago be the answer to her dilemma? 

Kritters Thoughts:  Let me first say that I am all for a cheesy Christmas hallmark movie, so I am glad to try out a few of these shorter stories that are a little too long to be novellas, but short and sweet for the holidays.

This one is historical as it takes place in 1944 and Amelia Richards met a man just as he is shipped off and after he is gone she realizes she is pregnant.  She ends up finding him on the deceased list from the war and she has almost nothing to her name.  She sets out on an adventure to find his family and hopefully find some emotional and physical help.

I loved Amelia and her pursuit for help and to find family.  I loved that I wondered how often these stories actually happened at this time and how many women found themselves on this same quest to find some family that may not know they exist and their connections.  

My big question that I still haven't answered is, did I enjoy the ending and I am not sure.  I can't say too much because I don't want to spoil a thing, but I am just not sure that it satisfied me.  

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 58 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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