Title: The Christmas Pony
Author: Melody Carlson
Published: November 1, 2012
Eight year old Lucy Turnbull wants nothing more for Christmas than a pony, except maybe to see her mother smile again. But, her mother says that asking for a pony is like asking for the moon and it seems unlikely that her mother will smile again, at least before Christmas. Lucy isn’t giving up though. She prays every night for a pony or her mother’s smile and more guests for her boarding house.
Per her prayers, Lucy comes across two people on their way to Los Angeles in need for a place to stay. They now have a prospective movie star named Veronica Grant and a law student name George Prescott. At first glance, Lucy believes that Veronica is the prettiest person ever. The closer it gets to Christmas, Lucy can’t help but pray that they stay until Christmas, but if Veronica had anything to say about it, they won’t.
As it gets even closer to Christmas, Lucy starts to notice a change in Gorge and her mother. In fact, Lucy thinks they might be falling love and her prayers shift from a pony to asking God for a new daddy. Now, Lucy just has to find ways to make George pick her mother instead of Veronica and Los Angeles. Also, Lucy now is sort of wishing that Veronica was in Los Angeles and George was here a part of her family. Little does she know that this Christmas will change her life forever.
Will Lucy be able to get her pony for Christmas or will she have to settle for her mom’s smile? Will Lucy get her new dad or will George leave before she gets her Christmas dream? Will Lucy see her mother smile before Christmas or will she have to ask for it next Christmas? Is George falling in love with her mother or is he simply being nice to her? Will George decide to stay in Arizona or will he still go to Los Angeles?
I’m a huge fan of Melody Carlson and I try to read every book by her that I get get my hands on. So, naturally, I was excited when I got the chance to read this novella and I expected a great book. The author didn’t disappoint and she even surprise me by the viewpoint in this novella. I never really thought about a romance from a child’s point of view, but this author did and I have to admit, a romance from the innocent eyes of a child makes this romance absolutely adorable and memorable.
I’ve always loved how this author was able to make every character, no matter how young or old, realistic and this book was no different. She transported me back to being eight years old and how I thought and acted at that age. Lucy definitely made this book special. To see what a romance probably looks like from a little girl makes the romance sweet and innocent and completely heartwarming. I don’t know how this author does it but whatever she does, she does it right.
The romance is really sweet and cute. There’s no way to describe it but cute. I loved how Lucy makes it her mission to play matchmaker and it was adorable as well as heartwarming. This is a book that I will remember for a long time. Who would’ve guessed that a book from the eyes of an innocent eight year old would’ve turned out so well? Not me, but thankfully this author did. This book is completely adorable.
The storyline is actually executed a lot better than the back cover told me the story was about. There isn’t a lot of problems per se in this book, but for some reason, despite the lack of confrontation, issues, etc., I loved this book and it put me in the Christmas spirit even though it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. This book was definitely an adorable one in the execution of the book.
I fell in love with this author from her young adult books and have been a fan of her young adult books now for a few years and this book just made be fall in love her books all over again. I really love how she manages to make every character realistic and how she understands how they think no matter the age of her characters. I believe I will be a fan of this author for as long as she is writing and possibly even for a while after that. I highly recommend this author.
Overall, this book is an adorable romance from the eyes of a child. I highly recommend this book for young and old readers alike. I give this book a four out of five.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*