Author: Melody Carlson
About the Book: 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.
My thoughts: 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.
~I received a complimentary copy of The Christmas Pony from Revell Books in exchange for my unbiased review.~
Available Sept 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Other Melody Carlson Christmas books I have read and reviewed:
The Christmas Pony
Publisher/Publication Date: Revell, Sept 2012