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Sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! "The Christmas Angel Project" by Melody Carlson
about the book....
Abby Wentworth is the glue that holds her book club together. So when she unexpectedly passes away on the cusp of the Christmas season, the rest of the women in the group are stunned, saddened, and sure that, without her, the group can't continue.
They gather "one last time" to open gifts Abby left behind, little knowing how it will change each of their lives--forever.
T'is the season to grab a Christmas-themed book, curl up with a hot drink and let the snow fly while you are whisked away to another world! If you read one book this Christmas season, I encourage you to read Melody Carlson's tender read, "The Christmas Angel Project". I quite enjoyed the cast of characters that we are introduced to in this story, as Grace, Cassidy, Belinda and Louisa seek to walk through their grief of losing their close friend Abby. Although the novel is not that long, Carlson has succeeded at fleshing each character out to the point that you get a good sense of who they are and can sympathize with each one's situation. I have read other stories where characters get bogged down in their grief and the story suffers as a result, but such is not the situation with "The Christmas Angel Project". Rather, the gifts that Abby offers enable the characters to find meaning in their suffering, and see that God's hand is with them and is able to bring good out of their loss. As a result, this Christmas-themed read contains a profound message that can uphold us through the darkest times of the year. As a male reader, I would have liked to see more of how Abby's husband experienced his grief and found hope in his pain as I felt I was left hanging a bit. However, I can appreciate how Carlson was trying to focus on these women's stories and was writing to a target audience, and she definitely succeeds there.
Wandering through the pages of "The Christmas Angel Project" will inspire you to look beyond yourself and see how you can bless others this Christmas. If you are looking for a book to encourage you, entertain you, and to put you in the Christmas spirit, then this may just be what you are looking for! I award this novel 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
about the author....
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, the Life at Kingston High series, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.
For more information about Melody visit her website at www.melodycarlson.com.