11 December 2010

Christmas at Harrington's | Book Review

Book: Christmas at Harrington's
Authoress: Melody Carlson
Pages: 167 Publisher: Revell
Formats: eBook, Hardcover
Genre: Christian Fiction, Christmas

My summary: Lena justs wants a chance at a new life. So when she is offered a job playing Mrs. Santa, she grabs it and becomes the best Mrs. Santa anyone has ever seen. But sadly her past is about to catch up with her.

My say: I didn't read the full synopsis ahead of time so I was pleasantly shocked about her past and I felt for her rather immediately. Godly people have hurt Lena, but this Christmas godly people are about help her start over. Lena learns to forgive and stand up for herself. I loved this beautiful story that reminded me of the magic of forgiveness and compassion.

My star rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My recommendation: If you like Christian Fiction, skip the official synopsis and pick this one up.

My favorite part: Lena's adorable answers (while playing Mrs. Santa) regarding Santa's whereabouts and day-to-day responsibilities.

My favorite character: Cassidy the sweet teen (volunteer elf) who believes in prayers, dreams, and Mrs. Santa.

My favorite line: "Check your history books," she told him. "Santa Claus and Jesus have enjoyed a good long relationship for centuries."

My cover thoughts: Another perfect Christmas cover. I can totally see my self doing this. Can you say, big kid?

My kiddie-o-meter: Clean but expect mentions to infidelity and robbery.

My holiday cheer meter: Low Medium High

My final say: Lena's life is changed because complete strangers give her a chance. Have you ever given a complete stranger a gift?

Review Copyright © of Tales of Whimsy.com

32 comments :

  1. The cover of this one looks so fun! I need to read more holiday novels before Christmas gets here. It always puts me in a happy mood.

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  2. Awwm you make it feel like Christmas with all these stories

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  3. Great review! This book is something I would pick up based only on that adorable cover! How cute! I like the idea of a Mrs. Santa- very cute!

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  4. Brenda: O me too :)

    Blod: O Thank you :)

    Christina: Me too :) It was a nice change :)

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  5. That cover just screams Christmas and I love it! This sounds adorable. Great review, Juju :)

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  6. Great review, Juju! I loved Cassidy and the adorable cover art, too! . . . Like most folks, I give to special charities and have been kind to strangers--but not to the extent of seeing their lives changed like in this book. Maybe I should make that a New Year's resolution! . . . And when you said, "I can totally see myself doing this," did you mean peeking in the store windows or playing Mrs. Santa?!

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  7. Renee Ann: Thanks :) That would be an awesome resolution. I would be seriously honored if I helped you spark that idea. I would totally wear a giant bright red coat and peer in shop windows. But playing Mrs. Santa does sound fun ;) *off to ponder*

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  8. this looks wonderful & I adore the cover!!

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  9. I had to say this first - your header is looking awesome!

    I love it that you are reading Christmas books now! This one sounds so wonderful - like one of those movies you like to watch on Christmas!

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  10. I love all the Christmas books you are reviewing!

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  11. Sounds great! Great review! Happy reading:)

    -leslie
    booksandmakeup.blogspot.com

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  12. Love this! Another fantastic review. I could totally see myself staring into one of those beautiful holiday display windows...oh wait I do! hehe.

    As for a gift to a complete stranger, yep, a few different times and almost always for completely different reasons, but the one that stands out was a man on the street who needed something to eat and something warm to wear. Surprised him with a gift after seeing him day in and day out. Loved it, exactly what I adore about Christmas. Much more fun to give! :o)

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  13. Gina: :)

    Aths: Ahhh thank you :) Exactly! *hugs*

    Midnight: Thanks :)

    1stdaughter: Me too *high five* Awesome answer. Thank you for sharing it with me. I love how Christmas brings out people's giving spirits. My most rewarding moment/gift to a stranger was recently I bought a man a Greyhound bus ticket home. He was so grateful. It wasn't cheap, but it was worth it. :)

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  14. Looks like a great book. Have I mentioned how much I looove the way you format your reviews?

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  15. I read an ad on Craigslist once from someone who said she didn't have money for Christmas presents for her kids. I bought a bag full of stuff and met her at her job to give it to her. I don't know if the ad was a scam or not. Kinda felt like it when I met her in person, but I guess that's between her and God.

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  16. First off, cover love yet again! So festive and magicial looking. Playing Mrs. Claus sounds like fun though I'm curious about her past...

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  17. Magic of forgiveness... I needed to learn that...

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  18. Joy: 1. Thank you :) 2. Wow how very very cool of you. You're so right too. You did your part the rest is between her and God. Awesome story :) *high five*

    GMR: Exactly :) That's the best part :)

    Cherry: *hugs*

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  19. Sounds fun especially with her being Mrs Claus and I can just imagine the answers she gives the kids when they ask about Santa.

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  20. I like this Christmas cover, too! I give gifts to complete strangers. That's the joy of Christmas!

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  21. Michelle: Thanks :)

    Jenny N.: She's really good at it :) Where I would stumble, she excels :)

    Julie: Amen! *high five*

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  22. Just looking at this beautiful cover puts me in the spirit of Christmas :)

    Your reviews are always a joy to read. Many thanks for this one.

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  23. Are you going to miss Christmas books after the new year? Do you collect them all year long?

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  24. I've definitely participated in the window shopping shown on the cover, but right around the holidays that entails standing in a lot of snow. Great review, I'm definitely going to have to give this a try before the holidays :)

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  25. This sounds like such a beautiful story! Thanks for reviewing. I'd love to give this one a try.

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  26. This sounds like a classic Christmsa story in the making! I am definitely going to read this one over Christmas holidays. Thanks for the review :)

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  27. Your reads and reviews are putting me into the holiday spirit. Thanks girlie!

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  28. My dear, you are pushing out those christmas books. I'm still trying to get in the cheer mood. Perhaps, I need to get a holiday book. Thanks for these lovely reviews. I enjoyed all three.

    Right now there is a Beautiful Creatures Features going on at Steampunkery & Book Reviews :)

    Mad Scientist
    http://madsteampunkery.blogspot.com

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  29. i really think i need to read this one!! thanks for the great review!!

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  30. Mel: Yah :) Thank you so much for making my day! :)

    Cari: Good question. I don't collect them all year long but I do usually start in November to give me a head start :) It's kind of nice because it gives me a break from my favorite genres :)

    Lizzy: Ooo I can imagine. Especially where you live. I love Vermont (we spent several days there during our honeymoon) but I've heard it snows alllott in the winter :)

    JessicaBookLover: Thank you for stopping by :)

    Lydia: Yah :) I think you will love it.

    Jenny Girl: Yah! Mission accomplished :)

    Mad Scientist: Thanks :) I'm the holiday spirit machine ;)

    Carrie: :) Thanks

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