Wednesday, December 15, 2021

A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA by Melody Carlson, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Some of my favorite things, beach house and fixer upper.

This was a great read for Christmas.

It starts with a cute meet at a hardware store. Wendy is fixing up a beach cottage in Maine that she inherited from her grandfather. She needs to fix it up in time to return to Ohio for Christmas. Her son, Jackson, is vey excited and helpful with the renovations. But Wendy is torn. She loves the cottage and how it is coming together and she is getting to know local woodworker, Caleb. She feels safe and at home in the cottage. But she has to be an adult and do the responsible thing even if it means selling the cottage.

This feels like a complete story even though it is short. The characters are relatable and the dog is a cute touch. Even with an unlikeable character who tries to sabotage the romance, Caleb and Wendy and Jackson remember that God can take care of them and meet their needs.
*I purchased this book from a library sale. All opinions are my own.*5 stars underpinning faith thread.

BackCover Blurb
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 coming. The charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on both Wendy and Jackson, who even registers himself for school in a bid to get his mom to move them there permanently. Wendy knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea is hard to resist.

Join award-winning author Melody Carlson for a Christmas story that will warm your heart and have you dreaming of your own enchanted seaside holiday. 

Revell Publishing, September, 2018
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