Synopsis: 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.
Fan favorite Melody Carlson is back with another touching Christmas story sure to grip readers’ hearts and perhaps inspire them to become Christmas Angels themselves.
My Thoughts: I read The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody last year and loved it so I was excited to read her newest Christmas story. This book follows 4 women who are grieving the loss of their close friend and decide to become “angels” and do special things for those in need. Each woman is struggling with something and learns something through their experience.
I liked the relationships between the women. They were all very supportive of each other and helped each other through their times of need. Each characters personality was unique and they were very well developed. I also liked the lessons that were learned along the way.
I wish the story would have focused a bit more on Christmas, everything happens in the days leading up to Christmas but it’s not a very “Christmasy” story. The story was also very predictable at times and I found the pacing to be slow.
Overall this was an okay story but I don’t see myself revisiting it in the future.
I received this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.