Book Review: A Quilt for Christmas: A Christmas Novella by Melody Carlson
December 19, 2022
A few months ago, while browsing for DVDs of Hallmark Christmas movies on Amazon, I got sidetracked and began to find many new Christmas themed books. Even though I wanted a DVD more than a book, I decided to preorder one of the new Christmas books instead. The book I decided to preorder is A Quilt for Christmas: A Christmas Novella by Melody Carlson.
Once it arrived in the mail, I sat down and began to read it. I really enjoyed it, so I decided to write a review post about it for Blogmas.
The official blurb for the book is…
Christmas should be celebrated with family. But for Vera Swanson, that’s not an option this year. Widowed and recently relocated, she is lonely in her condo-for-one–until little Fiona Albright knocks on her door needing help. With her mother seriously ill and her father out of town, Fiona enlists Vera’s help, and when she finds out her new neighbor is a quilter, she has a special request–a Christmas quilt for Mama.
Vera will have to get a ragtag group of women together in order to fulfill the request. Between free-spirited artist Tasha, chatty empty nester Beverly, retired therapist Eleanor, and herself, Vera has hopes that Christmas for the Albright family will be merry, after all–and she may find herself a new family of friends along the way.
Bestselling and award-winning author Melody Carlson invites you to cuddle up this holiday season with this cozy story of giving, forgiving, and a little bit of romance.
Like I already said, I really like the book. It is a short story (It is 176 pages long) so it doesn’t take long to read. Since I am a slow reader and often interrupted while reading, it took me a weekend to read. For faster readers and anyone that can read without distractions, it would take less time to read. Even though it is short, it is enjoyable. The characters are well developed and you get to know them very quickly once they are introduced into the story. The story itself moves fast, but not so fast the reader to not match pace with the story development.
I highly recommend this book looking for a short Christmas novel to read for Christmas. The story ends on a happy note and encompasses the feelings of unity and friends that become family. This book is also an enjoyable read for anyone who wants to read a book inspired by quilts and the friendships that can develop between quilters. It’s a perfect read for anyone who wants to read a book during Christmas but can’t dedicated time to read a long book.