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A Christmas by the Sea

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  228 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
When Wendy Harper inherits her family's beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. But before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. She and her 12-year-old son Jackson move in--temporarily, she reminds him--in order to do the work themselves, even though Christmas is c ...more
Hardcover, 169 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published September 2018)
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Deanne Patterson
Even though this is only a novella length book at 167 pages it truly packs a wallop.
Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody's newest holiday read and for a small book it's packed to the brim with fabulous stuff! Melody weaves together a tale of what it really means to be at home no matter where you are. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago and inheriting her grandparents beach house is a true blessing. Planning on fixing it and quickly se
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Every Christmas season I look forward to Melody Carlson's newest holiday book. It was a quick story (only 167 pages) but it was packed with emotion, family love, and second chances. Wendy and her son are struggling financially after her husband died several years ago from cancer. Left with medical bills and student loans, finding out that she had inherited her grandparent's beach house seems like a true blessing. Heading to the small town of Seaside, Wendy plans on fixing it up the cottage and q ...more
Shirley Chapel
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shirley by: Friends reviews on Goodreads.
Every year I always make it a point to read Melody Carlson's latest Christmas Novel. I have never read one that I didn't like. This year Melody takes her characters from Cincinnati Ohio to Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper lost her husband to cancer about four years before her
Grandpa, who she called Poppa, passed away. He left her his cottage by the ocean in Seaside Maine.
Wendy and her twelve year old son travel to Seaside to visit the cottage. Wendy was left with a lot of her husband's medical bills
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I read Melody's Christmas novellas every year. And they put me in such a great mood.

I love them and each one is so different than the last.

This years Christmas novella was such a sweet one. I love happy endings to so this was right up my alley.

I feel in love with Jackson and I hope that you will love his story and his cottage by the sea.

This is a 5 star must read. I HIGHLY recommend this one.

The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and
I was immediately drawn to this cover and title. Christmas and the sea...double "yes!"

I loved the sweetness of this story, weaving in family and friend relationships (and of course, romance) in a perfect way. I enjoyed Wendy and Jackson's interaction, and Caleb was especially endearing. It was nice to read a clean romance, where the couple actually have a friendship. There are two kisses, not detailed at all, and some attraction, but I found it sweet.

The setting was amazing! I especially loved
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
It wasn't snowing this week, but we did have a dark, cool, rainy day that felt a little winterish. It felt close enough to the Christmas season that it was the perfect day to get my tea and curl up and read A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson.

A Christmas by the Sea is the story of Wendy and her son Jackson Harper. After Wendy's husband died a few years before from cancer, Wendy was left with mounting debts. Then she inherits her grandparents' cottage in Seaside, Maine. Wendy sees this as a
Another sweet Christmas read by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed seeing Wendy work with her son, Jackson, to restore the summer cottage that had belonged to her grandparents and was filled with fond memories. Caleb was a warm hearted hero who cared a lot about both Wendy and Jackson. A very predictable ending which was a bit rushed just to wind up this novella as she had only known Caleb for two weeks, so this felt a bit unrealistic and financially unsound. Focus was God's provision.

A sweet, quick rea
A Christmas by the Sea is a warm Christmas story like we have come to expect from Melody Carlson. Wendy Harper and her twelve year old son, Jackson, has had a rough few years. Their husband and father died after a battle with cancer leaving the family with a strained financial situation. Jackson has had a hard time at school with bullying and teasing. When Wendy inherits her grandfather's beach house in Seaside, Maine, it seems an answer to their prayers. Wendy decides they can use the trip to g ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place.

I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from the beginning. If he was old enough to register himself in school, he was old enough to understand the trip was to get the cottage cleared out and listed on the real estate market. It would've saved a lot of drama.

Caleb wa
Vera Godley
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy reading a novella or two focused on Christmas time. Most are joyful, uplifting, sweet reads. Not too long--just right to immerse oneself in for a bit of relaxing reading, enjoying a good cup of tea or coffee.Author Melody Carlson has written several and doesn't disappoint.

In A Christmas by the Sea we meet a single mom with a young teenage son. They have lost a beloved husband and father to the ravages of cancer and are trying to make it on their own. The story begins with them tra
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson takes us to Seaside, Maine. Wendy Harper is traveling with her son, Jackson from Ohio to Seaside just before Thanksgiving. Wendy inherited a beach cottage from her grandfather. It is an answer to her prayers since she has a slew of debts incurred from her deceased husband’s battle with cancer along with student loans. Wendy has managed to get a month off to renovate the cottage and get it listed for sale. Jackson is excited about the trip and wants to rel ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-newbies
I was completely charmed by this short, sweet Christmas novella. Melody weaves wonderful Christmas stories and this is without a doubt my favorite of all of them! Sweet characters(I adored Jackson!), a lovely setting and a great story line make this a great read. Definitely one for my keeper shelf!

I received this book from the publisher, and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Maureen Timerman
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I loved this story, the author has given us a story about rebirth, building a life after the death of a loved one.
I could just picture Jackson a young teenage still reeling from the death of his father, not happy and being bullied at his school in Ohio, and now a breath of fresh air, a new beginning, and at the ocean.
His mother, and the friendly local have both lost someone they loved, is there a chance that they are now in the right place at the right time?
This is a warm your heart Christmas st
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story packed with hope, faith and love! A single mom struggling to make ends meet inherits a seaside cottage that could be the answer to her prayers for help. A long road trip for the holidays brings her to a tough decision: to sell or stay.

“You and Dad used to tell me God will provide what we need....So maybe we just need to trust him more."

I thoroughly enjoyed this tender story, with characters struggling with real life problems like financial difficulties, single parenting, seeki
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Christmas by the Sea is this year’s Christmas novella from Melody Carlson. It’s the story of Wendy and her son, Jackson as they remodel an inherited cottage in touristy Seaside, Maine. Their stay is supposed to be temporary. The plan is to refurbish her grandparents’ cottage, sell it and head back to Ohio…and fast. Only, Wendy hasn’t shared this information with Jackson, who is over the moon excited about this move. Will she break his heart…or will her own heart be refreshed by this quaint lit ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What a fun story! Wendy inherits the family beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine. Being widowed and raising her son alone, she sees this as an opportunity to help her and her son financially. Her husband's illness left her with medical bills and she is struggling financially. So, she plans to fix up the cottage and sell it. So, they pack their bags and drive to Maine where Wendy has approximately four weeks to fix up the cottage, sell it and return to their life in Ohio. Well! Her son Jackson has ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I grabbed a copy of this book because I am familiar with this author. I have enjoyed previous books form this author. While, Christmas is still a few months away, I was in the mood for getting an early start with my holiday reading.

Sadly, this book did not put me in the holiday mood. I struggled to connect to either of the main characters. Thus the story did not captivate me. In fact, I found it kind of dry. Try as I might, I had a hard time staying in the moment with this book. The details are
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have come to equate a great Christmas story with Melody Carlson. She has been writing a Christmas novel every year for several years now, and I have a shelf containing those books. It may seem odd to be reading and reviewing a Christmas book in September, but there was no way I'd pass up a chance to review her newest Christmas novel. I would rather have read it closer to Christmas, but the review dates are this month.

Of all of her books I have read, I find this one to be her best one yet. It
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson takes place in Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper is barely making ends meet after the death of her husband. Her grandfather has past away and has left his beach cottage to her. She takes her son to the cottage with plans to renovate it and sell it to help out her financial situation. Her son has different ideas, he wants to stay there to live. Her goal is to be done with the cottage by Christmas.
This is a very touching story. I enjoyed reading how her son helpe
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wendy Harper remembers her grandparents’ cottage on the coast of Maine as a place of comfort and peace, but life has taken over and she hasn’t been there in years. With plans to update and make repairs in order to sell the cottage and make life more comfortable for her and her son, the two make the trip from Ohio to Maine. But Jackson has other plans.
It will take a miracle to allow this little family to stay in the cottage, but Jackson is determined to make it happen regardless of his mom’s agen
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A Christmas by the Sea by author Melody Carson is a perfect holiday story about a family needing hope and a new start in life. I enjoyed the story so much! Wendy Harper is a widow with a son, Jackson. She inherits a small cottage in Seaside, Maine which she hopes to sell. Wendy needs the extra money to pay college debts and leftover hospital bills which accumulated during her husband's illness. Once Wendy and Jackson arrive at the cottage they are faced with a lot of work to make the place appea ...more
Lisa Johnson
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: Christmas by the Sea
Author: Melody Carlson
Pages: 176
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Melody’s tale brings forth hope after loss, and joy after sorrow. Christmas by the Sea shares about Wendy who has inherited the summer cabin she visited with her grandparents as a little girl. Wendy is filled with stories and memories she has shared with her son Jackson throughout the years. Now she has inherited the cabin and Jackson can’t wait to see the ocean and town his mother t
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Welcome to November in Maine, where widow Wendy Harper and her 12 year old son Jackson have inherited a tiny cottage on the shores of the Atlantic in a tiny town called Seaside where Wendy vacationed with her grandparents as a child. Wendy’s plan is to spruce up the cottage and put it on the market to help with the debt incurred during her husband’s battle with cancer but she knows doing so will break her son’s heart. I really enjoyed the beach atmosphere because it was so easy to imagine the su ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Each year I look forward to Melody Carlson's annual Christmas book. And each year they are a blessing. This one takes the reader to a small town in Maine when Wendy is left her grandfather's small cottage to which she visited every summer as a child. Her husband has died and she and her 12 year old son visit, with the intent to sell the cottage to help her struggling finances. But circumstances transpire to change her mind. A delightful read and surely to bless your heart.

*My thanks to the publi
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Christmas by the Sea is a pretty good read. I would give it 4 stars and recommend it to add to any readers Holiday reading.
Meagan Myhren-bennett
A Christmas by the Sea
By Melody Carlson

It's that time of year again - time for another Melody Carlson Christmas book. You know without a doubt the ending won't leave you in the dumps and that there will be a touch of romance. Her Christmas books rank with Hallmark Christmas movies in my opinion. This year's offering is in the contemporary category and features Wendy Harper a struggling widowed mother to twelve-year-old Jackson.

Life since the death of her husband has been difficult struggling to
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hooray! A new Christmas book from Melody Carlson! It has become a holiday tradition for me! I love them! Each one stirs up Christmas nostalgia and those warm feelings the season brings.
Wendy is struggling financially after her husband’s death and trying to keep her life has she has known it afloat, not only for her but for her son Jackson. She can’t see past putting one foot in front of another and maintaining her job. She gets word she has inherited her grandparent’s beach cottage in Maine. We
Janelle Cole
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Christmas by the Sea is a sweet story of a widowed mom who is taking her son to Maine. The goal of the trip is to determine the state of the beach house she spent summers in as a child, so that she can sell the house and pay off debts. Spending the summers at this house filled her childhood with countless memories that she still remembers fondly, but she Wendy knows that there is no way she can actually live in this quaint summer tourist town!

Caleb, Wendy’s 12 year old son has other plans. He’s
Deana Dick
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This enchanting story will be coming out in September but it's worth getting excited about. The author writes with such compassion for her characters. Wendy has just discovered that she has inherited her family's picturesque cottage by the beach. Wendy can remember all the fun times she had there as a kid and it brings back fond memories.

She packs up her twelve year old son, Jackson and takes a trip to see the cottage in Seaside, Maine. I could easily hear the waves as she got closer to the cott
Teresa Locklear
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Melody Carlson is an author that I have enjoyed reading her books for a while now. Fall and winter are some of my favorite times of the year and I especially enjoy reading any books about Christmas. A Christmas by the Sea was a very easy read that captured my attention and interest from the very beginning. Wendy Harper's husband has passed away and with that loss came debts that she's struggling to pay. She inherits a cottage at the beach that she loved as a child, but as an adult she sees it as ...more
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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspi