Sunday, November 14, 2010

Christmas at Harrington's

Christmas at Harrington's

Don't you just love that cover?  I think there is a part of many of us that at least thinks it would like to go back to a small town, back to a time when towns had downtown department stores rather than  chain stores out at the mall, back to a place where people cared about each other--back to a place and time that probably never existed in quite the way we imagine it.  

Lena, the main character in Christmas at Harrington's doesn't want to go back--back to the town where her condemning parents lived; back to the town where her husband abandoned her when she was accused of a crime (a crime he committed); no, she wants to start over somewhere new.  The prison social worker sets her up in New Haven Minnesota--tells her there is a job waiting for her at Harrington's Department Store and gives her a bus ticket, a little cash, and pays her rent for a month. 

Like the sweet Christmas story you would expect by looking at the cover, Lena befriends those in need and is befriended by someone who sensed her need.  She gets a job as Mrs. Santa and for a while things look good.  Then her past catches up with her, but it is a sweet Christmas story so...

I could tell you about the wonderful character development, deep-seated themes or amazing plot twists, but this book doesn't have any of those things.  It is a feel-good Christmas story that leaves plenty of room for a sequel or two if Melody Carson decides she wants to do more with these characters, but the book does have a happy and satisfying ending.  Grade:  B.

I received a complimentary copy of his book for a Revell Blog Tour.  Christmas at Harrington's is available November 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.  

1 comment:

  1. I loved this one. I agree that it's a feel-good Christmas story. I'd love a sequel.


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