O.k. I love horses, and I love ponies and one day, I may tell you my own story. For now though, grab a copy of The Christmas Pony for your coffee table this year. When you have your friends and relatives over, and someone isn't as social, they can read this sweet fast read!
This is the story of small town life, and one family, trying to survive during bad economic times. Lucy is eight, and more than almost anything in this world, she wants Smoky, the grey pony that lives not too far from her. She prays about owning him every night, until it just makes Mama so sad that she can't bear to make her sad by asking for a pony when they need boarders and income at their place. They rent out most of the upstairs as a small bed and breakfast to help make ends meet.
One day as Lucy is in town picking up the few items they can afford, Lucy meets a beautiful woman. Veronica and George are in a really fancy car, but the car is broken Lucy is quick to jump into telling them they can come stay at her house. After all, Mama is wonderful cook and her home is fun. The two agree, and with a happy heart Lucy figures God is starting to answer her prayers after all, and that she might just get her pony for Christmas. Even more so, as life progresses with the new borders, Lucy hopes that God will bring back her Mama's smile. She has been with out it every since Lucy's Daddy died. Veronica is going to be a movie-star, once she and George make it California. That is the most exciting thing to come to this little girl's world in a long long time, but things are only starting to get interesting!
This is a sweet, clean, romantic, adventurous tale much like some of my favorite old black and white movies! This is a book that would be fun to read to both young and "old" children as well!
About the Book:
The Christmas Pony
Eight-year-old Lucy Turnbull knew better than to wish for a pony that Christmas in 1937. Her mother had assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony was the same as asking for the moon. Besides, the only extra mouths they needed at their boarding house were the paying kind. But when an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, Lucy starts to believe her Christmas wishes might just come true after all.
About the Author:
My husband Chris and I live in a cabin-style home next to the National Forest in the beautiful Cascade Mountain area of the Pacific Northwest. Our two grown sons and granddaughter live nearby and we try to see them as often as we can. We also have two “re-homed” pets to make life more interesting—our yellow Labrador retriever Audrey and a Maine coon cat named Harry.
My writing studio is in a separate building next to our courtyard (a garden area that’s off limits to the voracious deer). The window behind my desk looks out into the ponderosa pine forest, where I see deer, squirrels, rabbits, and an occasional raccoon. The other windows in my office overlook the courtyard which is frequented by numerous hummingbirds in the summertime—one August evening we counted nearly fifty of the little hummers.
Melody Carlson grew up in a small town in Oregon. She wasn't raised in a Christian home, but when she turned 15, her life turned around dramatically after she became a Christian. She became very involved in missions, and was the youngest short-term assistant that Wycliffe Bible Translators ever had in Papua New Guinea.
Melody loved to write at a young age, but she found other ways to express her creativity over the years. Eventually she found she had a compulsion to write, and that she could write quickly. In 1995, her first book was published, and she has been writing prolifically ever since. Her award-winning books include: The Prayer of Jabez for Little Ones, King of the Stable, The Gold and Honey Bible, The Ark that Noah Built, and Benjamin's Box. In the past few years, she has published over sixty books for children, teens, and adults--with total sales of over a million copies. Melody's recent projects include the Just Like Jesus Said series for children, Lost Boys and the Moms Who Love Them, and Looking for Cassandra Jane, and the upcoming releases Sold Out--the latest in the Diary of a Teenage Girlseries, I'm Zoë--part of the Little Blessings series, When Creepy Things Come Out, Miranda's Story, and Heal Me, Oh God.
In her professional life, Melody has worn many hats: from pre-school teacher to political activist to senior editor. Currently, she writes full-time, and freelances from her home. She has two grown sons and lives in Sisters, Oregon with her husband, Chris, and Bailey, her chocolate lab. They enjoy skiing, hiking, and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.
Author's Web Site: http://www.melodycarlson.com/
Available Sept 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.