A brief summary from Revell:
When Wendy Harper inherits her family’s beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. Her twelve-year-old son Jackson sees it as an exciting new start in a life that has grown rather gray without his father.
Before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. Wendy and Jackson move in–temporarily, she reminds him–in order to fix the place up before Christmas. But the charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on Wendy. She knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea–and a fresh start–is hard to resist.
I grew up reading Melody Carlson’s books. The Diary of a Teenage Girl series dominated my shelves in high school, as did her Color Me series. So when I heard about Christmas by the Sea, I was excited to dig in.
Christmas by the Sea is not the typical cozy, overly romantic, Christmasy story that I’m used to reading. It handles family issues in a more raw manner than I think holiday stories normally tend to (at least the ones I’ve read). I thought the premise of this short story was really good, but I wish the book length had been a touch longer so the characters could truly develop. The ending felt a bit rushed to me, but I was happy with the way everything wrapped up.
If you’re looking for a quick read with the spirit of Christmas and a lovely small town feel, then Christmas by the Sea is the book you should be reading.
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Revell and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.