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Stories for His Glory

A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson September 18, 2018

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:17 am
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Wendy couldn’t believe she was standing here discussing toilets with a perfect stranger. Not
that he was perfect–although he 
was rather attractive. But he was obviously enjoying her discomfort a bit too much.

He eased the bulky box from the shelf and onto the floor, leaning it against his leg. “So . . . you’re new in town?”

“Not exactly.” She watched as he easily picked up the container. Was he trying to be friendly or actually hitting on her?

When Wendy Harper inherits her family’s beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. Her twelve-year-old son Jackson sees it as an exciting new start in a life that has grown rather gray without his father.

Before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. Wendy and Jackson move in–temporarily, she reminds him–in order to fix the place up before Christmas. But the charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on Wendy. She knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea–and a fresh start–is hard to resist.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed the setting of this book. I could picture the town and it felt very Hallmark like.

I did struggle with Wendy constantly going back and forth in her mind about telling her son the truth. If felt wrong and not what most parents would do.

I also felt the ending was rushed and a bit to unrealistic. I didn’t buy it.

This wasn’t my favorite Melody Carlson book, but it was a very quick read.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 


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