Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson

From the Back Cover:

The only sound in the room was the rustling of tissue paper being peeled away, followed by some oohs and aahs.

Belinda peered down at the delicate angel ornament in her hand. Made with satin and lace and glitter and ribbons, the small figure was lovely. But it was the hand-painted face on a large wooden bead that captivated Belinda. From the caramel-colored skin to the wavy dark hair and chocolate-brown eyes, this angel was clearly meant to resemble Belinda. She felt the familiar lump growing in her throat as she stared down at the dainty angel. Every detail was perfect.

Belinda looked up to see the others holding similar--yet different--angels. Each one resembled the woman holding it. Abby had obviously put a lot of time and thought into these gifts. 

"To write that letter--telling us thanks like that," Grace said with surprising intensity. "And to make these angels so that we'd remember her. And calling us her angels . . . doesn't it seem strangely coincidental? Like she had some kind of premonition?"

"It does to me," Louisa declared.

More About the Book:

Five women from different walks of life have become close friends through their book club--enjoying one another's company even more than they enjoy the books. So when the leader of the book club unexpectedly passes away on the cusp of the Christmas season, the four remaining friends are stunned. They relied on Abby for inspiration and motivation. She was the glue that held them together, and they're sure that without her the group can't continue. 

When the group gathers "one last time" to open a bag Abby's husband gives them, they find Abby had made each of them an angel ornament for Christmas, crafted especially for each woman and accompanied by a sweet and personal note. Inspired by their beloved friend, together Cassidy, Louisa, Grace, and Belinda decide to commit themselves to becoming Christmas Angels to others in need. Each woman will use her life situation and talents to reach out and help others in her own unique way--little knowing that her own life and her relationships will be changed forever.

My Thoughts:

Here it is October and I'm already reading Christmas books.  I have to say that I loved, loved, loved this one.  This was a Christian inspired book about Angels here on earth.  It was about relationships, loss of loved ones, and life in general.  The story follows the lives of the four remaining friends from a book club after the leader of the group suddenly passes away and how her gift to each of them inspires them to become angels on earth in their own special ways.  

"Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with combined sales of more than six million. She is the author of several Christmas books..." and I am embarrassed to say that this is the first one of her books I have read.  But it certainly won't be my last.

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