The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson: A Review

Melody Carlson weaves a sweet tale of a young girl’s dream for a special Christmas present. A present that is completely out of reach for a family struggling to make ends meet in the middle of the American depression. Told from the perspective of eight year old Lucy, you quickly get a glimpse into the lives and dreams of the people around her.  It’s the kind of story Laura Ingalls Wilder might have told. A great read for everyone from young teens to their grandmothers.  So grab yourself a hot chocolate and snuggle up in front of the fireplace with this heartwarming tale—it’s the perfect way to usher in the first snow fall.

“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”

All Things New: A Review

Lynn Austin's All Things New

It was just before midnight when I picked up Lynn Austin’s latest book, All Things New.  The War Between the States is over and the household of half-starved women of the once prosperous southern aristocracy and their now freed slaves must rebuild their lives.  I assumed that after about five minutes of reading this history tome I’d be sound asleep. What murder mystery loving Canadian wants to read yet another book about American history? It sounded depressing and worse, like a thinly veiled attempt to make me learn something—ugh!

The truth is I didn’t get much sleep last night. Austin immediately pulled me into the story of two families, that of the once wealthy aristocrat and of the former slave. Both must learn to adjust to the changes the war brings and our heroine, Josephine, helps bridge the gap. The story had enough suspense and intrigue to keep the mystery buff in me hooked almost from the minute I cracked open the spine. I loved the story, I loved the characters and I can hardly wait to read another book by this author! Read it. You’ll love it! Just be warned—leave the evening open because you won’t be able to put it down.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.