If there is one thing in this world that I just cannot get enough of, it's a feel good Christmas story! Truly, aren't those the best? Last year I had the chance to review one such book, The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson. I had been a huge fan of Melody's young adult books back in high school, so I was excited to experience her adult titles as well. And the book did not disappoint. I absolutely love it! So, when I heard that she had another new Christmas book coming out this year, I knew I had to get my hands on it:
Five women from different walks of life have become close friends through their book club--enjoying one another's company even more than they enjoy the books. So when the leader of the book club unexpectedly passes away on the cusp of the Christmas season, the four remaining friends are stunned. They relied on Abby for inspiration and motivation. She was the glue that held them together, and they're sure that without her the group can't continue.
When the group gathers "one last time" to open a bag Abby's husband gives them, they find Abby had made each of them an angel ornament for Christmas, crafted especially for each woman and accompanied by a sweet and personal note. Inspired by their beloved friend, together Cassidy, Louisa, Grace, and Belinda decide to commit themselves to becoming Christmas Angels to others in need. Each woman will use her life situation and talents to reach out and help others in her own unique way--little knowing that her own life and her relationships will be changed forever.
Fan favorite Melody Carlson is back with another touching Christmas story sure to grip readers' hearts and perhaps inspire them to become Christmas Angels themselves.
As much as I enjoyed last year's, I must admit, I loved this one even more! With every turn of the page I found myself drawn deeper and deeper into the lives of these four friends. What I love most about this and all Melody Carlson books I have read is that the characters are 100% real. They are not perfect people, they all have faults, they all have struggles. But in her books, as is in real life we see that even through tragedies and loss there is goodness to be found. For me, this book was such a beautiful example of that. I loved getting to know these ladies and their stories and wanted to keep reading more and more.
Now, I know it seems like its pretty early in the year still to be thinking about Christmas, but such is the life of a review blogger. Still, I think it's nice to keep a little bit of that Christmas spirit all through the year! If you are looking for a great book to kick off your holiday season this year, this book is sure to get you into the spirit and serve as a beautiful reminder of the true spirit of the season. It may even inspire you to become a Christmas Angel yourself.
The Christmas Angel Project is available to purchase now.