Christmas in Winter Hill

Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher:  Fleming H. Revell Company
Genre: Holiday
Source: Purchased

Goodreads: Krista Galloway is not a fan of Christmas. After her rough childhood in multiple foster homes, the holiday season just brings too many bad memories to the surface. But when she accepts a job as a city manager in the mountain town of Winter Hill, Washington, Christmas is part of the deal. The small town is famous for its Christmasville celebration, something that the city manager . . . well, manages.

As she tries to make her tiny new apartment feel like home for her and her eight-year-old daughter, Emily, Krista begins to wonder if this move was a mistake. She doesn’t always feel welcomed in the close-knit town, and Emily continually wonders, “Where’s the snow?” Can a friendly stranger and his family help restore Krista’s Christmas spirit before the big day?

Bestselling author Melody Carlson invites you to spend this holiday season in a town you’ll never forget–and never want to leave. 

Ope’s Opinion: This was a really cute, sweet, short story – perfect at a busy time of year.  Get your favorite hot drink, find a quiet spot, put your feet up and enjoy this read.  The characters are ones you will really like and the story is full of good feelings.

The ending felt a little rushed, but it was what you expect for a good holiday read.

Once Upon a Summertime

Author: Meloday Carlson
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: Won from Meloday Carlson’s Website



Goodreads:  Managing the Value Lodge in her hometown was not what Anna Gordon had in mind when she set out in the hospitality industry. But it’s a safe choice for a woman whose childhood was anything but stable. Out of the blue, she gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reinvent herself by moving to New York City, where she hopes for a management position at a stylish new boutique hotel. The big city is full of surprises–not the least of which is Sean O’Neil. Her childhood crush has applied for the very same position!

Ope’s Opinion: This is a really good Christian Fiction book.  It is the beginning of a series.  I will be looking up the other books in the series and reading them. 

The characters were real people in real situations.  The story was fun to read. There is a lot of tourism in NYC in this book.  You’ll feel like you are there.

The ending is what you expect from the beginning – for me that is a good thing!

Here’s To Friends

Author:  Melody Carlson                  here's
Publisher:  David C. Cook
Pages:  320
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source:  Purchased

Goodreads:  In the final book in Melody Carlson’s popular series, the four Lindas learn that life doesn’t stop for the holidays and even a cruise can rock your boat.  
Here’s to Friends carries our favorite fifty-somethings through the holidays to a New Year cruise to a romantic hometown wedding with plenty of bumps in between. As they struggle to reinvent themselves at midlife—coping with marital woes, a creative crisis, a financial tsunami, a prodigal child and (scariest of all!) a home remodel—Abby, Janie, Caroline and Marley must all come to terms with the need to give their worries over to God. And they learn once more that in your fifties, friendships aren’t just fun. They’re an absolute necessity!

Ope’s Opinion:  This was the final book in the Four Linda’s series. It was nice to see all the friends move  on with their friendships and other relationships.  

I really liked how Melody Carlson let you know how each character ended up.  It was good to see some real changes.  I also liked that all was not rosey – it was realistic.  Each character had things to deal with and they weren’t all solved at the end, but you did feel like the book came to a good ending.

These friendships are very encouraging.  It is so nice to see supportive female relationships. I am going to miss these characters.

Thanks for the writing Melody Carlson!

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.

All For One

Author:  Melody Carlson                      all for one
Publisher: David C. Cook
Pages:  336
Genre:  Christian Fiction
Source: Purchased

Goodreads:  Brimming with heart, humor, and a bit of mystery, this third book in Melody Carlson’s lively new Boomer series packs a poignant punch! Life is heating up for the four Lindas—and it’s not just hot flashes! Abby’s losing sleep over her husband’s health and neglecting her bed-and-breakfast dreams. Caroline may have waited too long to put her Alzheimer’s-afflicted mom in a care facility. Marley’s hard-won independence is threatened by her grown son’s neediness. And Janie’s having a hard time being everyone’s rock as the relationship she counted on falters. Add to that a house fire, a missing set of dishes, a bully brother, plus a half-crazy blonde named Donna, and things get really complicated. But with each new twist their lives take, the Lindas are learning that good friends are the best family a girl can have.

Ope’s Opinion:  Melody Carlson continues to keep me reading in this third of four book series.  She keeps developing each character while bringing in new people with twists and turns.

With each book there is a different one of the Linda’s I seem to relate more closely to.  It is great to see women who gather around each other in all situations.  They stay honest with each other through the ups and downs.  

I am ready for the last one. I hope she finishes as strong as has been through the first three.

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.

Hometown Ties

Author:  Melody Carlson                                 hometown
Publisher:  David C. Cook
Pages: 336
Genre:  Christian Fiction
Source:  Purchased



Goodreads:  In this second installment of Melody Carlsons engaging Four Lindas series, four fifty?something women discover you really can go home again . . . but its not always easy! After decades out of touch, four fifty?something childhood friends have returned to the little coastal town of Clifden, Oregon, where they grew up. They look forward to supporting one another as they reinvent their lives. But second acts can be a challenge, and each woman feels the stretch. Widowed lawyer Janie struggles to leave the past behind. Emerging artist Marley wrestles with painters block. Empty?nester Abby fears no one takes her seriously, while beautiful Caroline has all she can do to keep her Alzheimerspatient mother at home . . . and wearing clothes! Plus, old resentments and new misunderstandings are beginning to strain the friendships they all count on. Can the Four Lindas sisterhood continue to thrive in the close quarters of one little hometown?

Ope’s Opinion:  This is the second book in The Four Linda’s series.  It is even better then the first one.  It carried the reader along in all four of their lives.  I really like how the friendship from when they were young has developed and continued into their adult lives.  They  take care of  each other.  It is really nice to read about women who are supportive of each other – not catty or back stabbing.  I would wish everyone friends like them.

Someone said these books had a christian tone.  I like it said that way.  It is not preachy, but you know God is a part of their lives.

I am looking forward to reading the third one.

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.

As Young As We Feel

Author:  Melody Carlson
Publisher: David C. Cook                      as young
Genre:  Christian Fiction
Pages:  352
Source: Purchased

Goodreads:  Once upon a time in the little town on the Oregon coast, there were four Lindas—all in the same first-grade classroom. So they decided to go by their middle names. And form a club. And be friends forever. But that was 47 years and four lives ago. Now a class reunion has brought them all—the New York lawyer, the empty nester, the frustrated artist, and the aging starlet—together again in their old hometown, at a crossroads in their lives. They’re about to explore the invigorating reality that even the most eventful life has second acts…and there’s no statute of limitations on friendship.

Ope’s Opinion:  There are so few books written about friendships between women in their fifties, so I am really enjoying this one.  It is great to see friendships that can survive so many changes in their lives.  Each one of these main characters is in a different place with marriage, work and children, but they can relate to and support each other.  

It is great to get invested in their lives, knowing this is the first of four books to read about them.  This is a Christian fiction, but is not at all preachy or pushy.

I am ready to read the second in the series.  I want to see what the  Linda’s do now and how they develop their friendships.

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.