mary's book basket ~ "christmas at harrington's" by melody carlson

When I saw the cover of this novel, I could not wait to get reading. It's stunning and makes me want to get started on my Christmas decorating! The contents live up to the cover, believe me.  Melody Carlson's novel Christmas at Harrington's is a lovely Christmas story of redemption and new beginnings.

Product Description:
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.

The past can rise up to haunt you. When Lena arrives in New Haven with $65 and the clothes off her back, she is in need of a fresh start. After a rough beginning, she lands on her feet and is able to see the world in a more positive light. This is a book with some depth making the reader question their perspective on the perception of those less fortunate than ourselves. Are we really ready to offer a hand up to those who need it? How many times do we judge people on what they are wearing? This book really made me think about that especially at this time of year when so many need out help.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The pacing is spot on and the supporting cast makes me smile reminding me of It's A Wonderful Life's happy ending. A great Christmas story filled with hope. Available November 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Happy Reading,