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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas at Harrington's...Review

About the book:
Christmas is approaching, and Lena Markham finds herself penniless, friendless, and nearly hopeless. She is trying to restart her life after false accusations landed her in prison, but job opportunities are practically nonexistent. When a secondhand red coat unexpectedly lands her a job as Mrs. Santa at a department store, Lena finally thinks her luck is changing. But can she keep her past a secret? This tender story about fresh starts will charm readers as all of Melody Carlson's Christmas offerings do. Full of redemption and true holiday spirit, Christmas at Harrington's will be readers' newest Christmas tradition.

My first Christmas book of the season and it didn't disappoint!  This was a lovely story of redemption and hope.  People can be truly cruel, life isn't always pretty and, too often, doesn't go the way we plan.

Lena Markham is one of those to whom life was cruel.  Falsely imprisoned, she is released eight years later with a chance to start over.  Finding herself in a small town, she meets a sweet woman who takes on the role of her guardian angel.  When Lena is offered a job as Mrs. Santa, she begins to find hope. 

The story is Christian, with Lena learning that God is a loving, forgiving God, rather than the harsh, unyielding God her father raised her to know.   When her past is exposed, Lena finds the strength to persevere and realizes that redemption is possible, that true friends stand by you, and that Christmas is a wonderful time of year.

Available November 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna Hausler and the Baker Publishing Group for the opportunity to review this book. ou can learn more about Melody Carlson here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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4/5 Stars


  1. This sounds like a wonderful Christmas book. I haven't started to read holiday books but this sounds like a good one to start with. I haven't read any of Melody Carson's books and it looks like I need to add this one to the wishlist. I love the cover art also.

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

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