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Irish Christmas, An [Hardcover]

By Melody Carlson (Author)
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From Southern California to the hills of Ireland, bestselling novelist Carlson weaves an enchanting Christmastime journey set in the tumultuous 1960s.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Revell
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2007
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  0800718801  
ISBN13  9780800718800  

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More About Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson Melody Carlson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than ninety books for teens, women, and children, with total sales over 2 million. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards, including an award this last May for children s literature from CSLA in Wisconsin . She has two grown sons and enjoys an active lifestyle of hiking, skiing, and biking. Melody and her husband live in the beautiful Oregon Cascade Mountains with their Labrador retriever."

Melody Carlson currently resides in the state of Oregon.

Melody Carlson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 86 Bloomberg Place
  2. Carter House Girls
  3. Dating Games
  4. Dear Daphne Novels
  5. Diary of a Teenage Girl: Caitlin
  6. Diary of a Teenage Girl: Chloe
  7. Diary of a Teenage Girl: Kim
  8. Diary of a Teenage Girl: Maya
  9. Faithgirlz / Girls of Harbor View
  10. Faithgirlz! Girls of 622 Harbor View
  11. Follow Your Heart
  12. Four Lindas
  13. Inn at Shining Waters
  14. Life at Kingston High
  15. LifeChange
  16. On the Runway
  17. Secret Life of Samantha McGregor
  18. Storytellers' Collection
  19. Tales from Grace Chapel Inn (Paperback)
  20. TrueColors
  21. Words from the Rock

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Fiction & Poetry > Fiction
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Holidays > Christmas > General
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Fiction > General

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A short and predictable story  Sep 19, 2009
An Irish Christmas by Melody Carlson is a story that is told from two different points of view, that of the two main characters: Colleen Fitzgerald and her son Jaime. The story takes place in the early 1960s shortly after the loss of Colleen's husband.

I was really excited about this book but found myself disappointed in it. I often felt that the dialog was a little forced. Especially when it came to inserting slag words from the day. The plot was also horrible predictable and the characters would get on my nerves. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to reach through the pages to smack Jaime for the way that he acted towards his mother. This boy dropped out of school and lied to his parents for years.....yet he when he told his mother he got angry at her when she was upset with him for the lies. He would then blow up other little things that she would do into bigger deals then they wore for nothing else but to make her feel bad. Yet through it all she would forgive him and often agree that he was right to be mad.

The story was a fairly quick read so for that I was thankful and the writing while not stellar could have been worse. While I am not sure if this is a book that I'd recommend to others I can't say that I regret the time that I spent reading it.

A nice quick read for the season  Nov 19, 2007
Reviewed by Carrie Padgett

Certain elements are expected in a holiday movie or book. It shall have a happy ending. There will be stormy weather, families, and faith. It will be entertainment light; undemanding and as comfortable as a grilled cheese sandwich.

Melody Carlson's An Irish Christmas meets all those expectations.

Colleen Frederick is a new widow with a secret she needs to tell her young adult son. Jamie Frederick has his own burdens to confess to his mother.

Set in the early 1960s, Carlson's novel moves from Pasadena, California to Ireland, a trip Colleen hopes will help her and Jamie reconnect and will make the perfect setting for her confession. Mother and son each tell their secrets, confounding the other. When Jamie, angry and defensive, leaves for a day trip and is detained with no way to let his mom know he's fine, Colleen is forced to rely on the God she has had little time for lately.

Jamie's world is rocked by Colleen's news and he reacts by becoming defensive and ignoring his own deceit. Jamie must confront himself and his shortcomings in Connemara, including why he deceived his parents back home. The people he meets in Ireland, especially a stranger in a local restaurant, help lead him back to his mother and to his own new relationship with God.

The book is written in first person with Colleen and Jamie alternating chapters. Jamie's voice in his sections is too similar to Colleen's; sometimes I missed who I was supposed to be listening to. Jamie often didn't sound like a young adult, much less one in the early 1960s.

Carlson does a good job making Ireland real and the Irish characters come alive in the pages of her story.

An Irish Christmas will leave you with a light heart and a comforted spirit, much like a comfort food on a rainy day.

Armchair Interviews says: Well-written, this is a quick read for the busy holiday season.
4 stars  Nov 11, 2007
In the early sixties, a small family, recently shattered by the loss of a father and undergoing the transitional period of the son into adulthood, takes a journey to Ireland at Christmas time. Both the mother and son, Colleen and Jamie, take turns telling the story as they wrestle with inner demons and secrets they have kept from each other and that have kept them apart. Those secrets can either tear them apart forever, or bring them a touch of God's grace and hope, if they will allow His plan to unfold and not be hard hearted.

**** Although slow moving and complex, this is a touching story about imperfect people who are very real. Jamie and Colleen offer the readers hope, because they wear masks with those they love, as so many of us tend to do, unknowingly at times. The grace and love that shines through make it worth the struggle to get through the overly leisurely paced narrative. ****

Amanda Killgore
Not Nearly As Good As The Christmas Bus  Nov 4, 2007
An Irish Christmas by Melody Carlson is a nice idea for a story, but the plot is too predictable and not the least bit captivating. I enjoy a good love story, but this novel lacks interest and surprise. No drama in a love story equals boring. Colleen takes her adult son, Jamie, and a deep dark family secret to Ireland for an extended Christmas vacation. While there, she confesses that Jamie's father, who recently passed away, was really not his dad after all. Lots of brooding and pouting ensue, and then lo and behold, Colleen's first true and only love meets up with "their" son in Ireland. Jamie convinces his mother to see the man, and well...........the rest is history and very predictable.
If you want to read a good Christian fiction novel, then stick with The Christmas Bus, Carlson's 2006 creation. It humorously captures the essence of Christmas by pointing out the things at which all of us need to become better at being and doing. Carlson's skillful use of characters and personalities to tell a unique Christmas story is superb.

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