Book Review: The Christmas Pony

6 Dec

719272_w185December 1937:

Lucy Turnbull knew better than to wish for a pony for Christmas this year. Besides receiving the upsetting news that Santa Claus was only make-believe (Tommy Farley had popped that beloved bubble several weeks ago), Lucy had been assured by Mama in no uncertain terms that she was not getting a pony-and furthermore, Lucy had no business asking for such nonsense. “You might as well ask me to buy you the moon,” Mama firmly told her at the dinner table.

5945Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas BusThe Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington’s, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another GirlAnything but NormalDouble Take, the Life at Kingston High series, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

For more information about Melody visit her website at

My Impressions:

There are a lot of Christmas novellas on the market this year. I have read at least 6 so far! And Melody Carlson’s The Christmas Pony is a sure winner among all the holiday offerings. Set in 1939 in snowy northern Arizona, The Christmas Pony features Lucy Turnbull, an eight year old who wants the unlikely present of a pony. But times are hard for the Turnbull family. Mama never smiles since the death of Daddy and the family is dependent upon boarders to make ends meet. So when Lucy meets two people stranded in town — George and the very glamorous Veronica — she thinks her prayers are answered. If God brings the boarders she has prayed for, maybe Mama’s smile will return and Smoky, the pony, could be hers for Christmas.

The Christmas Pony is very charmingly told from Lucy’s viewpoint. For an eight year old, Lucy is wise beyond her years. But the ways of grownups remain elusive. If what she sees is normal behavior, she never wants to grow up. And despite its short length, the story line and characters are very well developed. The small town atmosphere of the late 1930s is captured. The long lean years of the Depression have taken their toll, but hope remains. Carlson has indeed succeeded in packing a lot into this small package.

So here is another Christmas story you should add to your list of holiday reads. Reminiscent of Christmases past, The Christmas Pony is perfect for reading in front of the fire.

Highly Recommended.

(Thank you to the publisher for a copy of The Christmas Pony. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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