Friday, November 23, 2012


Story Description: 
Baker Publishing Group|September 1, 2012|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-8007-1927-2 
Eight-year-old Lucy Turnbull knew better than to wish for a pony that Christmas in 1937.  Her mother had assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony was the same as asking for the moon.  Besides, the only extra mouths they needed at their boarding house were the paying kind.  But when an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, Lucy starts to believe her Christmas wishes might just come true after all. 
The queen of the Christmas novel, Melody Carlson pens another magical tale of expectation and excitement as one little girl dreams big and the impossible becomes possible. 
My Review: 
It is December 1937 and eight-year-old, Lucy Turnbull knew better than to wish for a pony for Christmas.  Gramma told her only rich people could afford such luxuries as that.  A neighbour, Mr. Greenberg was selling or trading a pony named, Smoky who Lucy had admired for years and had run home to tell her Mom and Gramma.  But disappointingly, Mama told her she could barely keep food on the table for themselves.  Lucy knew Mama felt bad because she had two creases in her forehead which Lucy knew she was responsible for putting there.  Mama ran a boarding house and suggested Lucy pray for “paying boarders” instead of a pony. 
Lucy’s Daddy had passed away when she was five-years-old so Mama knit socks which the local store traded for groceries.  Mama always stayed up late at night and could knit a whole sock in one night. 
While in town doing some grocery shopping for Mama, Lucy ran into two strangers whose car had broken down and were looking for someplace to stay for a few days as the garage needed to order parts.  Immediately Lucy told them about her house and how Mama had 3 rooms to rent and convinced them to come home with her.  She knew Mama would be happy to have paying boarders.  With paying boarders Lucy was still holding out hope that she would get the pony but sometimes we don’t always get what we wish for and sometimes we do. 
Will Lucy get her pony?  Will the boarders stay at Mama’s or will they consider it too far out of town? 
This was a lovely and very cute Christmas story that I read in about an hour or so.  At only 169 pages it was a quick read for an afternoon with a hot cup of tea.  Melody Carlson always pens the nicest stories and this one was no different.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
"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."

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