Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson - a review

For me, when a book is good, really good, I connect with the characters at a level where I feel like I am part of the story.  In Melody Carlson's new book, The Christmas Pony, I experienced just that.  Little Lucy Turnbull, the lead character in this book came to life for me.  From the beginning, she pulled me into the story and held me there.

I must say, it's rare for me to put a real life person's face on a character in a book that I am reading, but in The Christmas Pony I envisioned Lucy as Rebecca Harrell.  If you don't know who Rebecca is, watch the movie Prancer.  Rebecca played Jessica Riggs who's character is so much like little Lucy Turnbull's.

The Christmas Pony takes place at Christmas in the year 1937. It is the story of 8 year old, Lucy Turnbull who wants nothing more than a pony for Christmas.  Not just any pony mind you, she wants Smoky, who is owned by a neighbor. Times are hard as Lucy's father has passed away and her mother and grandmother have started taking in borders and Lucy's mother does laundry in order to make ends meet.  The last thing they need is a pony to feed and board.

While in town one day, Lucy comes across a couple of people who's car has broken down and they are in need of a place to stay.  She invites them to her home and so the story begins.

Does Lucy get her pony?  Does Lucy's mother find love again? You'll have to read the book to find the answers to these questions.  This is a wonderful little book of 169 pages that is over before you know it.  I guarantee that you will find joy between the pages.  I loved this little book.

I would highly recommend The Christmas Pony to anyone wanting a clean, feel-good book to read.

On a 5-Star scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

* Available Sept 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.*

I would like to thank Donna Hausler and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for my copy of The Christmas Pony. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review, which I have done.

Smiles & Blessings,


  1. Thanks, Cindy! I'm glad I requested this one. Your review has me wishing it were here already.

  2. Oh my how I wish this was a give-away contest. Then there would be a possibility of my winning it. It sounds so great! Thanks for the great review. Maybe someday! Maxie ( )