Baker Publishing Group|September 1, 2012|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-8007-1927-2
Eight-year-old Lucy Turnbull knew better than to wish for a pony that Christmas in 1937. Her mother had assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony was the same as asking for the moon. Besides, the only extra mouths they needed at their boarding house were the paying kind. But when an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, Lucy starts to believe her Christmas wishes might just come true after all.
The queen of the Christmas novel, Melody Carlson pens another magical tale of expectation and excitement as one little girl dreams big and the impossible becomes possible.
It is December 1937 and eight-year-old, Lucy Turnbull knew better than to wish for a pony for Christmas. Gramma told her only rich people could afford such luxuries as that. A neighbour, Mr. Greenberg was selling or trading a pony named, Smoky who Lucy had admired for years and had run home to tell her Mom and Gramma. But disappointingly, Mama told her she could barely keep food on the table for themselves. Lucy knew Mama felt bad because she had two creases in her forehead which Lucy knew she was responsible for putting there. Mama ran a boarding house and suggested Lucy pray for “paying boarders” instead of a pony.
Lucy’s Daddy had passed away when she was five-years-old so Mama knit socks which the local store traded for groceries. Mama always stayed up late at night and could knit a whole sock in one night.
While in town doing some grocery shopping for Mama, Lucy ran into two strangers whose car had broken down and were looking for someplace to stay for a few days as the garage needed to order parts. Immediately Lucy told them about her house and how Mama had 3 rooms to rent and convinced them to come home with her. She knew Mama would be happy to have paying boarders. With paying boarders Lucy was still holding out hope that she would get the pony but sometimes we don’t always get what we wish for and sometimes we do.
Will Lucy get her pony? Will the boarders stay at Mama’s or will they consider it too far out of town?
This was a lovely and very cute Christmas story that I read in about an hour or so. At only 169 pages it was a quick read for an afternoon with a hot cup of tea. Melody Carlson always pens the nicest stories and this one was no different. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
“This was a cute Christmas story and was just what I needed to start the season off with the right perspective. (I was already starting to get cranky because of the increased traffic around the mall!)
Lucy's father died four years earlier and it has been tough for her and her mom and grandma. They have sold just about everything they can part with, including most of the livestock. Her mom has been taking in laundry and borders for extra money, but times have still been hard.
Lucy would really like to get Smokey for Christmas, the pony the neighbors are selling, but knows that it is unrealistic. Even so, she prays for it, knowing it upsets her mother, but she also prays for boarders and the return of her mother's smile. She knows that God can do anything.
Boarders do show up, but will it be the blessing in disguise that Lucy has been asking for?
I really enjoy books set in this time period. There is something about being reminded of the simple pleasures that makes me realize the stresses that we feel we are under these days really don't have to exist. Many of them are self-imposed. Living with Lucy and her family preceding the Christmas of 1937, and hearing how much joy Lucy has in making the gifts for her family, a picture frame for her mom, crocheted hot pads for her Grandma, gave a much needed lift to my spirit. ”
“THE CHRISTMAS PONY by Melody Carlson has holiday warmth and down home charm.
Lucy Turnball wants nothing more than a pony for Christmas. But with money tight, her mother assures her she needs to be praying for boarders if they hope to enjoy Christmas at all. When two out-of-towners show up out of nowhere and need some place to stay, Lucy is amazed. If God could give them boarders during the holiday season, surely He can give her the adorable gray pony she’s wanted for so long. But soon, Lucy’s prayers for the future change.
When Lucy finds out George and Veronica are merely traveling partners, she begins to see George as husband material for her mother and father material for herself. Veronica is on her way to Hollywood to become a star and George has agreed to drive her there. But while Veronica gets antsy in the small no-nothing town and wants to get a move on it, George is charmed by the simple life and the quiet beauty of Lucy’s mother.
Obviously any book entitled THE CHRISTMAS PONY is going to be warm and charming, and with Melody Carlson at the pen it is guaranteed to entertain. I truly enjoyed the bright-eyed character of Lucy and the quiet strength of George. A wonderful tale for the holidays.
Book provided for review purposes.
Available Sept 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
“Title: The Christmas Pony
Author: Melody Carlson
When I read the synopsis of this story and saw the picture of a pony on the cover, I knew I wanted to read it. Why? I love horses, snow, and the Christmas season. Sometimes it takes adversity to remind us of what is important during the season when so much focus is placed on gifts. Melody brings a heartfelt story to her readers using a variety of eclectic characters. How would you decide if your Christmas season was good? Is it based on purchasing ability, family or even food?
Set in the early 1930’s, the main character is a small child named Lucy whose life is filled with love and hard work. Losing her father at a young age causes her mother to make use of the spare bedrooms available in their house to boarders to rent in order to provide income for Lucy and her mother. Lucy not only misses her father, her best friend has also moved out of the area and living in a small town makes daily living conditions harsh.
One of the boarders who come to live with them is a woman named Veronica. When you read about her in the story, perhaps you will think of someone like her that you know. George is a man who has a deep faith and rescues Veronica, but sees the beauty that another woman on the farm possesses. Grandma moves in with her daughter and granddaughter to help and provide company through some long days. An elderly married couple moves in during a particularly snowy moment for a wedding, but they bring more than money to help Miriam provide. Smokey is for sale by a nearby farmer, but Lucy is praying that God will bring him to live with her as Lucy just loves the pony.
The novel brings home the point that there are some things of far greater value to give to others than simply packages. Lucy has the faith of a child and a huge heart that wants her dreams fulfilled, but she wants more for her mother than anyone else. The book is a quick read and filled with a heartwarming story sure to touch the heart of those who make time to read it. I like being able to see how a change in viewpoint can make what seems to be a sad occurrence one that can actually be a blessing as the author brings out in this work of fiction.
I gladly recommend a book like this for peoples’ personal home library to read more than once throughout the year. Consider giving a book to not only those you know, but to those who either you don’t know or to someone who needs encouragement. Bringing the best present of all to others, Jesus Christ, is worth more than we can ever express.
My rating is 5 stars.
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457